Living Sustainably: You can join in to help the Macatawa River

By Dan Callam, ODC Network
It’s time to join in the community cleanup of the Macatawa River.
Register online to join in the fun and necessary cleanup this coming Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at Dunton Park, 290 Howard Ave., Holland.
The annual event is a collaboration of the ODC Network and the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. Here are five good reasons you might want to be at the 2020 River Cleanup:

  1. Feel accomplishment after a beautiful morning working riverside or in a kayak helping to clean the Macatawa River.
  2. It’s a great and free way for the whole family to unplug and get outdoors!
  3. You never know what you’re going to find. Tractor tire? Soccer ball? Back seat of a station wagon? They’ve been found before!
  4. Want to try kayaking, or just want to walk along the waterfront? You can do either!
  5. Need some hours for community service for your school or club? Get them here!

Depending on the group size, there may be a crew on the shores of the lake and another in kayaks in the lake. Anyone under 16 years old must be with an adult. All boats, paddles and life vests will be provided. Meet at the lower parking lot near the boat launch.
Registration required for event at this link, or find more information at Also, to ensure safety of all participants, a health screening form will be required to be filled out before participating in the program.
The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council and the ODC Network are organizing the event. The MACC is established as an Inter-Municipality Study Committee under Michigan law. It addresses significant area-wide issues like the Macatawa Watershed Project.
The Macatawa Watershed Project works to improve water quality in Lake Macatawa and its many tributaries by increasing awareness of water quality issues and implementing practices that reduce stormwater runoff and minimize soil erosion.
The ODC Network is non-profit education and conservation organization that was founded in 2000 with the purpose of connecting people with nature through outdoor education for the benefit of wildlife and the conservation of the natural world.
 Dan Callam is the Greenway Manager at the ODC Network.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Environmental Awareness/Action: Environmental education and integrating environmental practices into our planning will change negative outcomes of the past and improve our future.

Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to for more information.

The annual Macatawa River Cleanup is a chance to make a difference in our community.
The annual Macatawa River Cleanup provides a good opportunity for cooperation and a good time, while helping the community.