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Second annual River City Water Festival to celebrate Grand River

Hands-on activities and learning stations led by regional experts will celebrate and educate attendees about the Grand River and its watershed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Saturday, March 12.
River City Water Festival

River City Water Festival /Kelly Ruffing

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River City Water Festival

River City Water Festival /Kelly Ruffing

River City Water Festival

River City Water Festival /Kelly Ruffing

Groundswell, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) are excited to partner once again with the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) to bring the second annual River City Water Festival to the Museum. This community event celebrates the Grand River through hands-on activities designed to educate and engage families about the importance of our water resources.

Community members are invited to visit several learning stations featuring activities led by regional experts in environmental protection and water resources. They will learn how small actions at home can make a big difference to protect the quality of our river from nonpoint source pollution - chemicals and other substances picked up by rain water as it flows over the ground. This pollution, including fertilizer and pet waste, goes down storm drains and ends up in creeks and the Grand River.

"The Museum is excited to partner with, and host, the second annual River City Water Festival. This collaboration between the Museum, Groundswell, WMEAC and the MDEQ showcases environmental stewardship initiatives and draws awareness to West Michigan's watersheds," says Rob Schuitema, Director of Education at the GRPM. "As a focal point, this event will demonstrate how we as residents can do our part to protect and educate the community about one of our greatest natural resources. This public event is filled with hands-on activities and presentations that are both fun and informative."

This event is free and open to the public on Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. By participating in presenter activities, families can receive $1 off general admission to visit the museum's exhibits beyond the water festival, as well as a free carousel ride, free planetarium show, 500 mygrcitypoints and a water festival t-shirt.

Financial support for the event comes from the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency through the MDEQ, as well as the GVSU College of Education.

 For more information, please visit Groundswell. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is at 272 Pearl Street NW.

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