Here’s a summary of the Schrems West Michigan Chapter Trout Unlimited Board meeting for October 5, 2021.
Homes Rivers Initiative
Jamie Vaughn, a Trout Unlimited employee who has worked on the Home Rivers Initiative program for years, has recently been offered a new position with Trout Unlimited and will be an Engagement Coordinator within the Great Lakes region. Congratulations to Jamie and we wish her the best in her new position.
Jamie recently hosted a Road Stream Crossing Tour for federal, state, and local partners including MDOT, US Forest Service, NRCS, EGLE, and County Road Commissions.
Partnering will take place with Southwood Elementary School in Kentwood to offer STREAM education this year.
Signage is being developed for Crestwood and Cannonsburg Elementary Schools rain gardens.
MUSKEGON RIVER – It was reported that temperature loggers were recovered from the river in the spring and the data was downloaded. The loggers were replaced in the river and the job of recovering them this fall is underway, again to collect data from this summer.
WHITE RIVER – The first White River Clean-Up Day was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Twenty-eight volunteers were on hand and they collected over 30 trash bags of trash. With this success, another Clean-Up Day is being planned for the spring.
Recently a meeting of 39 individuals was held on September 20, 2021, in connection with efforts to improve conditions on the White River. Also mentioned was that EGLE wants to do some extensive work on the White River.
COLDWATER RIVER – Thru the Embrace a Stream grant program the Coldwater River has been granted $2,100.00 to be used for the purchase of temperature loggers.
2022 Trout Unlimited Fundraising Banquet
The banquet committee continues doing their work in getting ready for our annual banquet that will be held at the Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
Salmon in the Classroom
Board members Larry Risbridger and Tom Mundt will be on hand on Thursday, November 17, 2021 at the Wolf Lake Hatchery in Mattawan to help distribute Salmon eggs to teachers from schools across the state.
The chapter received a warm letter of thanks from Camp Newaygo for the fly fishing program that was held this summer for girls. In 2022 along with Fly Girls we look forward to offering the program once again.