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Juvenille salmon to be released into Lake Macatawa

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The Michigan DNR is releasing 16,000 juvenille salmon into Lake Macatawa Tuesday as part of a collaborative effort to promote Michigan fisheries and help maintain ecological balance in state's lakes.

The fish will be delivered to a floating net pen at Eldean Shipyard.  They will stay in the pen for two to four weeks, imprinting on the local waters until they smolt.

The fish will then be released into the lake to work their way into Lake Michigan to spend the next four years.  The hope is the fish will return to Lake Macatawa after that time to spawn.

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Wading in a Frog Pond

Wading in a Frog Pond

DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland invites the community to Register to take part in this free Wading experience on Saturday, April 27 at 8pm. For persons age 6 years & older accompanied by an adult.

Participants will meander on the grounds searching for signs of spring. This is the perfect opportunity to discover native toads & frogs, along with salamanders, emerging from their forest homes slipping down to the ponds to locate their mates & lay their eggs.  Be prepared to dress for the search, bring a flashlight & wear wading boots. The critters found will be placed in observation tanks for identification, then released.

Meet at the Nature Center & form a car caravan, traveling south 5 miles to Far View Nature Park.

Register by Calling: (616)355-1057 or go on-line to www.degraaf.org for more events details.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

Healthy You Get Fit Finale at MVP Sportsclubs

GRAND RAPIDS, ROCKFORD, & HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- After 12 weeks, WZZM 13's Valerie Lego, Alana Nehring, & Jennifer Pascua find out who comes out on top when it comes to body fat percentage loss, inches lost, & weight percentage lost.

And the winner is... ALANA!

Thank you to MVP Sportsclubs and trainers Paul Cummings, Abby Joyce, & Lara Livingston for helping to motivate and push us to GET FIT!

Watch our GET FIT videos HERE.

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Ottawa Co. distributing 17,000 free sandbags

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Concerns are growing by the minute in Ottawa County, along with the rising waters of the Grand River. The county is distributing 17,000 sandbags and many people have already taken advantage.

Chuck Larsen's backyard has become a battleground between him and nature. "Hopefully we can last out the crest and won't get flooded out," says Larsen as he places sandbags on the ground.

Larsen is one of several residents that WZZM 13 found picking up sandbags at the Grand Haven Township Fire Department.

"Water's coming up fast," said one man collecting free sandbags.

The fire department is just one hub in charge of distributing some of the county's 17,000 sandbags. They're going to other local governments and residents in need.

"We've delivered 2,500 just today and several hundred yesterday as well," says Tom Gerencer, Grand Haven Township Fire Chief.

Holland Mayor: Projects paying off during flooding

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland's mayor says a number of city improvement projects over the summer are paying off during the recent flooding.

Mayor Kurt Dykstra says one of the most important projects was at the wastewater treatment plant. He says the updated system makes it easier to filter out the largest debris before the wastewater is treated.

The mayor says the updated system, along with other street improvements, kept flooding under control.

"I know for a fact that we would have seen overflowing of the sewage treatment plant, and in places like the Windmill Island area, we would have seen it flooded out like we did three or four years ago," says Mayor Dykstra.

The mayor says the city will review areas that were hit by the flooding this week and then decide if additional studies or improvements are needed.

Free sandbags available to Ottawa Co. residents

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Emergency Management office is making sandbags available to residents. Officials say they have distributed 17,000 sandbags to communities around the county.

More information from the county about obtaining sandbags and road closures is below: 

With the Grand River expected to crest on Sunday in Ottawa County at a record 18.4 inches, citizens are urged to prepare for the weekend. Residents should contact their local township or city office to obtain bags and check for "after-hours" dissemination. Sand can be purchased through several suppliers. (Listed below)

It is important to only fill sandbags just over half full allowing the sand can settle to fill voids in the wall once it is built. Along with placing sandbags where water is expected to rise quickly, residents are advised to take precautionary measures such as raising items off of the ground level.