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Plaster Creek Stewards

A collaboration of Calvin College faculty, staff, and students working with local partners to restore Plaster Creek watershed.

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Education and outreach

Raising community awareness about the watershed through workshops, seminars, presentations, and volunteer workdays.

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Monitoring stream health through a research methods class, part of the Biology curriculum.

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Implementing on-the-ground habitat restoration throughout the watershed

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Plaster Creek Stewards

Working to restore health and beauty to the Plaster Creek Watershed

Alger Heights versus the "Flash"

Fall Event 2015

Flash floods may be a natural feature of the dry, rocky canyons of the West, but they have become an unnaturally common feature of many urban waterways in Michigan. Paved roads are necessary for quick, safe travel, but all our paved surfaces run directly into local waterways and contribute to flashy, dirty water in streams following a storm event. This spells disaster for Plaster Creek as it meanders through Alger Heights. Residents have begun fighting back by installing rain gardens in their roadside parkways, which combat the Flash by capturing stormwater and absorbing pollutants, thus sapping its power for evil.

Gather on September 26, 2015 for an update on recent findings about the Flash and its effects on Plaster Creek. After the short presentation, join us in the effort to restore Plaster Creek by planting more of these curb-cut rain gardens!

As always, dress for the weather! We will have some tools and gloves on site, but feel free to bring your own.

What: Alger Heights versus the "Flash"
When: September 26, 2015 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Calvin College Bunker Interpretive Center
RSVP with Andrea Lubberts at or on our Facebook site




Read our Newsletter!Fall 2011 Newsletter


Love thy Downstream Neighbor: From Plaster Creek to the St. Lawrence River

Our fall event was Saturday, September 22 10:00am-12:30pm at the Bunker Interpretive Center.

View photos from the project or check out images from the presentation here, and view news coverage here.



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