Past and Present Effects of Dredging the Grand River

Grand River Dredging

Date and Time

Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM




GVSU students and the community are invited to a FREE VIRTUAL presentation!  LIB 100 approved.

Past and Present Effects of Dredging the Grand River
Last year, a proposal to dredge the Grand River was rejected by the state of Michigan and local governments due to potential ecological effects and hidden costs. Education, advocacy, and scientific study each played a role in the decision-making process. Although dredging is no longer imminent, the debate surrounding the proposal highlighted the ongoing effects of past dredging on the river environment and the need for additional study to document the health of the river.

The presentation will be at 7pm through Blackboard Collaborate at:
After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

The presenters will be Dr. Dan O’Keefe and Dr. Peter Wampler.

Dan O’Keefe is the Southwest District Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension.  Dr. O'Keefe works with coastal communities and businesses in southwest Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes and southern Lake Michigan issues. Much of Dan’s work focuses on fisheries management, lake and stream ecology, and invasive species prevention.

Peter Wampler is a GVSU Geology and Honors professor, as well as the leader of the Making Waves Initiative.  Dr. Wampler is broadly trained environmental geologist and geomorphologist with a background in both academic research and government regulation.  He has been engaged in river research since 2000 evaluating human impacts to river systems resulting from dams and other structures.

This presentation is a Making Waves Initiative event.  Making Waves  is a University initiative to create collaboration across campus among students, faculty, and staff, as well as with the community. The goal of the Initiative is to explore and investigate the many ways that water touches our lives, from being a life-force to defining GVSU in relation to the Grand River and Lake Michigan.


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