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West Ottawa High School NHS to host beach clean-up

West Ottawa High School NHS to host beach clean-up

West Ottawa High School's National Honor Society will be hosting a beach clean-up day on Saturday, September 17th at Holland State Park from 9am until noon. All are invited to come! We're working with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Austin Childress, NHS President

Join Friends of Ottawa County Parks

Friends of Ottawa County Parks is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with nature, recreation and community by partnering with Ottawa County Parks.  New members are always welcome. 

Upcoming activities will be a booth at KidZone during  the annual Salmon Festival in Grand Haven on Saturday, Sept. 17th.   Volunteers are needed to help kids make "fish prints" as well as to provide Ottawa County Parks information.    

The Annual Membership Meeting will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 21st in the Fillmore Complex.   The Fillmore Complex in Olive Township is on Fillmore Street just west of 120th Avenue.

Visit www.friendsofocp.org for more information.

MACC Awarded $665,000 USEPA Grant to Help Farmers Install Best Management Practices

MACC Awarded $665,000 USEPA Grant to Help Farmers Install Best Management Practices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council has been awarded a $665,000 grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Approximately $40 million was offered under this program (contingent on the availability of appropriations) to improve water quality in the Great Lakes.  The MACC submitted a grant proposal in April 2011 with the goal of implementing agricultural best management practices in critical areas of the watershed (mostly in Fillmore and Overisel Twps). Implementing these practices is anticipated to prevent 13,000 tons of sediment, 8 tons of phosphorus and 19 tons of nitrogen from entering waterways annually.  

Biology Knowledgebase Collaboration Includes Hope College Professors

The US Department of Energy has formed a collaboration of researchers, including members of the Hope faculty, that it has tasked with developing a systems biology database that will enable comparative genomics research for scientists studying plants, microbes, and the environment.

Joining Hope collaborators Matthew De Jongh, associate professor of computer science, and Aaron Best, associate professor of biology, are researchers at Argonne National Laboratory; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Brookhaven National Laboratory; the University of California, Davis; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; and Yale University.

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http://science.energy.gov/news/in-the-news/2011/07-07-11/

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

ADA, MI - Approximately 400 bicyclists will be enjoying part of Ada Township’s non-motorized trail network this week, as part of the 20th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, sponsored by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. After staying overnight at the County fairgrounds in Lowell on Tuesday, July 19, tour riders will be riding west on Bailey Drive into Ada Township on Wednesday morning, where riders will use the Township trails on McCabe Ave., Conservation St. and Honey Creek Ave., on their way to the City of Rockford and ending that day in Ravenna.

Information on lake and beach safety

Information on lake and beach safety

You can now find information about whether the beaches are safe at your local lake or river.

That information is available from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Click on the links below to see information about Holland area beaches:

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.