Our First Backyard Collective in Michigan

Backyard Collective, Grand Rapids, MI

Date:  August 14, 2018
Total Number of Participants: 50
Participating Member Companies: Chaco, Founders Brewing, Merrell, Moosejaw & Timberland
Participating Grantees: Conservation Resource Alliance, Grand Rapids Whitewater, Ohio Environmental Council
Host Org (Who did the group volunteer for?): Grand Rapids Whitewater
Results / Work Done:  Volunteers removed invasive Honeysuckle from approximately two acres of Riverside Park, the city’s largest park with over two miles of Grand River Shoreline; and cleaned, marked, and inventoried over 50 storm drains in the Creston Neighborhood. This important work ensures storm water makes it into the drains instead of flooding local streets and makes residents aware that the drain flows directly into the Grand River.  Volunteers also spread mulch and maintained one of the parks native rain gardens. The rain gardens play a critical role in cleaning and absorbing urban storm water run off before it enters the Grand River.
Photos: Check out this facebook album and post on Instagram
Volunteer Hours -150