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The Pearl Mist cruise ship on its way to Muskegon this past summer.

With embrace of the waterfront, a new era comes to Muskegon

Muskegon is undergoing massive change. Major waterfront development is on the horizon, there's increased investment in the city, recreational opportunities abound, businesses are opening, companies are moving there. Why is this all happening? Look to its water.

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Grand Rapids is connecting to the environment, one sensor at a time

If you've ever wondered what's in the air you're breathing, you'll soon have an answer. An open data air quality monitoring project is in the works thanks to partners like OST, the Seamless Consortium, and the City of Grand Rapids.

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UIX: The oldest native plants in West Michigan still play an important role

Nearly the entirety of the Grand Rapids area is either developed with housing, commercial, industrial, infrastructure, or was cleared in the early-mid 1800s for crops and pasture, but the plants that remain and surround our city tell a different story.

Buckthorn is an invasive plant that began as a popular hedge.Photo by Imad Hassan.

DNRís volunteer stewards safeguard Michiganís natural areas

At 20 state parks and recreation areas across southern Michigan, groups of volunteer stewards regularly roll up their sleeves to help protect and restore natural areas. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Volunteer Steward Program puts volunteers to work, typically removing invasive species, planting native species, and collecting native seed. The program holds about 200 workdays per year.

From left, Wendy Ogilvie, Ron Yob, Jay Steffen and Matt Chapman.

Listen to the Grand: River revitalization much more than a kayakerís dream

What started as a group of kayakers seeking to create a great spot for their sport has evolved into project can restore priceless habitat, respect local indigenous people, and make spaces where all residents can partake and enjoy. As Grand Rapids Whitewater cofounder Chip Richards remarked during the River Rally presentation, “The more we listened to the river, the more we realized this project is something good for everyone and everything.”
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