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AWRI named 2016 "Watershed Stakeholder of the Year"

  • Lab manager Michael Hassett, research assistant Maggie Oudsema, and graduate student Emily Kindervater accept the watershed award from the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council.

Posted on January 04, 2017

Grand Valley's Annis Water Resources Institute has been selected as the 2016 "Watershed Stakeholder of the Year" by the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, based in Holland. 

The award is given to organizations or people who make significant contributions to improving the quality of water in the Macatawa Watershed. 

AWRI researchers and students have worked on many different aspects of the Macatawa Watershed thanks in large part to Project Clarity, a community initiative to clean, restore and maintain the waters of Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa Watershed. 

AWRI director Al Steinman's lab has worked on water quality monitoring in Lake Macatawa and in streams near significant restoration projects; Carl Ruetz, a professor and researcher at AWRI, has conducted fish surveys of Lake Macatawa for several years; and several graduate students have conducted numerous research projects in the watershed. 

"We're deeply honored that the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council has recognized us as Stakeholder of the Year," Steinman said. "We value our relationship with the MACC and our other partners in the Macatawa Watershed and feel privileged to be involved in the restoration of the watershed and Lake Macatawa."