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Plaster Creek in the News



Rain gardens coutinue to flourish, transform Plaster Creek area

The Rapidian, January 24, 2017




Plaster Creek Stewards helps build gardens

Chimes, October 22, 2016




How to grow a rain garden in Grand Rapids to protect local watersheds

The Rapidian, August 8, 2016




Plaster Creek Stewards inspire generation of students to restore West Michigan watershed

Science Around Michigan, July 19, 2016




Creek friendly yards encourage healthier Grand Rapids watersheds

The Rapidian, April 26, 2016




Plaster Creek restoration project planned for Dutton Shadyside Park in 2016

The Rapidian, January 19, 2016




Alger Heights neighborhood launches new model for stormwater management

The Rapidian, October 15, 2015




Plaster Creek Stewards event assists Alger Heights

Chimes, October 3, 2015




Local high school students work to restore their watershed

The Rapidian, July 28, 2015




Plaster Creek becomes classroom for urban, rural middle schoolers

The Rapidian, June 2, 2015




Plaster Creek project seeking to expand public education to its headwaters

Mlive, March 27, 2015




Superbugs in our watershed? Calvin Students Investigate Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Plaster Creek Watershed.

The Rapidian, March 24, 2015






Local sixth graders adopt Kreiser Pond

The Rapidian, January 27, 2015




Calvin's Stewards of Plaster Creek

Calvin Spark, Winter 2014


Partner Highlight: Plaster Creek Stewards (Page 4)

River Network Annual Reports, 2014

Plaster Creek Stewards stepping out: Connecting Grand Rapids with Sarnia, Okayama

The Rapidian, November 25, 2014

Learning and Doing–A Tried and True Formula for Developing Urban Waters Stewards

Urban Waters Learning Network, October 28, 2014

Cutting Curbs to Clean a Creek

The Rapidian, September 23, 2014

Restoring Local Creek Brings Diverse Communities Together

Healing our Waters, September 10, 2014

Plaster Creek restoration work gets another shot of federal cash

MLive/The Grand Rapids Press, August 1, 2014.

EPA Awards Grants to Promote Environmental Stewardship in Michigan

Environment Protection Agency, Region 5, July 31, 2014

Slow it down, soak it in: Urban stormwater in Plaster Creek

The Rapidian, July 22, 2014.

Plaster Creek Stewards Summer Green Team to train youth in watershed restoration

The Rapidian, June 3, 2014.

A Healthy Plaster Creek Watershed: Magnet for birds and butterflies

The Rapidian, April 15, 2014.

Lament for 'Kee-no-shay' Creek

The Rapidian, February 25, 2014.

Caring for a shared place: restoring the water of the walleye

The Rapidian, December 3, 2013.

Plaster Creek Stewards work for restoration of local watershed

Catalyst Radio, November 15, 2013.

Rain Garden to Grace CRC Offices

Christian Reformed Church Denominational newsletter, Aug. 23, 2013.

EPA Features Plaster Creek in Michigan in Urban Water Restoration Video Series

EPA Office of Water weekly newsletter, Aug. 20, 2013.

EPA has released Urban Waters Voices, a series of 12 video interviews featuring locally led efforts to restore urban waters in communities across the United States. These videos feature local efforts and strategies to improve urban water quality while advancing local community priorities.

Also see the EPA's Urban Waters website -

In the Spotlight: Plaster Creek Stewards Watershed Restoration Project

A Watershed Moment: Plaster Creek Stewards

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) newsletter, August 15, 2013.

This week’s Watershed Moment features Gail Heffner, director of Community Engagement at Calvin College, and Dave Warners, biology professor at Calvin College, talking about Plaster Creek Stewards.



NSF grant boosts Calvin's research infrastructure

Calvin College News & Stories, 10/15/2013

One might expect a $338,000 science grant to be able to purchase a plethora of instruments and tools for the classroom. But the recent National Science Foundation (NSF) grant procured by Calvin’s science department was just enough funding to purchase a sole instrument: the highly sophisticated Fluidigm BioMark HD.(read more)

Cleaning up Plaster Creek will take 'watershed-wide effort'

Grand Rapids Business Journal, 10/08/2012

Stormwater Champions: Plaster Creek Stewards

YouTube, 08/01/2012

Health of Plaster Creek Watershed gets $375,622 boost from DEQ grant to Calvin College, partners

Rapid Growth, 07/26/2012

Calvin College receives $375,622 state grant to help clean up Plaster Creek, 07/23/2012

A $375,000 grant to improve Plaster Creek Watershed

Calvin College News and Stories, 07/20/2012

Plaster Creek Stewards Receive $58,500 from the EPA

Calvin College News and Stories, 06/24/2011

Plaster Creek Stewards Receive $58,500 from EPA grant, 06/20/2011

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