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The importance of the Grand River and efforts to protect it will be the subject of virtual presentation

  • The health of the Grand River is the focus of the virtual presentation.
  • The health of the Grand River is the focus of the virtual presentation.

Posted on April 06, 2020

A live virtual presentation will explore why the Grand River is essential to us and how the waterway is threatened.

The presentation, "Past and Present Effects of Dredging the Grand River" is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 9. Participants can join by visiting gvsu.edu/rmsc/river. Students can ask questions through Blackboard Collaborate.

Peter Wampler, professor of geology, and Daniel O'Keefe of Michigan Sea Grant will speak about the river and how citizens have worked to protect it from harmful human effects, said Kathy Agee, science program coordinator for the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center.

The program was originally developed as an extra-curricular opportunity for students to allow them to interact with the presenters. The virtual format will still allow that interaction while giving students a learning opportunity outside of class, Agee said.

"Whether students know a little or a lot about fresh water, they will leave the presentation with a new appreciation for the river that hugs our campuses and be inspired to make positive impacts on their communities," Agee said. 

The event, which is LIB 100 approved, is also part of the Making Waves Initiative.