Buck Creek

Picking floating debris from Buck Creek

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, as part of the federal Clean Water Act, has awarded Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited (SWMTU) $172,638 for updates to the Coldwater River and Buck Creek Watershed Management Plans.

The overall goal of the project is to update the existing watershed management plans (WMP) to help local communities ensure healthy river ecosystems with clean water for all desired uses.

Buck Creek, a tributary of the Grand River, drains about 51 square miles of land in Kentwood, Wyoming, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Byron Township, and Gaines Township. The watershed is a mix of agricultural land, expanding residential and commercial development, and highly urbanized. In 2003 and 2007, the Buck Creek WMP suggests that sediment, pathogens and nutrients are degrading the watershed, and that trash and debris is the most abundant source of non point source pollution. Despite efforts from the cities of Kentwood and Wyoming to improve the watershed quality, much more work is needed.

Reports on Buck Creek

Photos: 2018 Buck Creek Cleanup

Photos: 2018 Buck Creek Cleanup

The recent cleanup on Buck Creek resulted in nearly a half ton of garbage being removed from the stream through Wyoming and Grandville.

Report: Buck Creek monitoring project

Report: Buck Creek monitoring project

Is Buck Creek meeting its coldwater fishery designation? That was one of the main goals in this report prepared by SWMTU, Streamside Ecological Services, and Timmermans Environmental Services.

Buck Creek Clean-up – August 5

Buck Creek Clean-up – August 5

This clean up is just one part of a multi-step process in assessing, improving and conserving Buck Creek.