The Shiawassee River Water Trail Coalition's grant application to the MI Clean Boats, Clean Water program was approved for funding this year by MSU Extension and the MI Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Environment to educate and inform the public about aquatic invasive species in the Shiawassee River.
The Coalition has three aquatic invasive species educational paddles scheduled for this summer in partnership with the three "Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas" (CISMA) organizations in Oakland, Genesee/Shiawassee, and Saginaw counties.
The three paddle events are listed below. Click on the link to register:
Sunday, June 12, 2022: Parshallburg Park to Showboat Park, Chesaning
Saturday, June 18, 2022: Holly to Fenton
Saturday, June 25, 2022: DeVries Nature Center to Henderson Road Park
The grant will allow the Coalition to post aquatic invasive species signage at each of our current 15 launch sites on the Shiawassee River and to provide a towel to paddle participants. We will also share aquatic invasive species materials at each site from the MI Dept of EGLE.
Finally, MSU Extension's "mobile boat washing" station will be on site during the Keepers of the Shiawassee River "Riverfest" event on Saturday, June 25, 2022 in downtown Linden on the Linden Mill Pond. We'll have a demonstration of how to clean your kayaks and canoes from transporting aquatic invasive species from one body of water to another.