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The Plaster Creek Watershed

What's a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land, naturally delineated by topography, where all the water drains to the same place. Learn more about watersheds here.

Plaster Creek Basics

The Plaster Creek Watershed occupies approximately 58 square miles, all in metropolitan Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The creek itself is about 14 miles long.  Its headwaters originate south and east of Grand Rapids, with many of the tributaries coming from agricultural areas around Dutton and Caledonia.  The creek flows through commercial and residential areas of the city, and finally through industrial areas and low-income neighborhoods before emptying into the Grand River a mile south of the city center. For more information, view The Story of Plaster Creek, an interactive GIS database of the watershed created by the Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies department.