This week’s Watershed Moment features Gail Heffner and Dave Warners of Calvin College, who are here to talk about Plaster Creek Stewards, a watershed group that looks to improve the health of West Michigan’s Plaster Creek.
“Plaster Creek used to be called Ken-O-Sha Creek, an Indian name that means ‘Water of the Walleye,'” said Warners. “Walleye used to come up into Plaster Creek and spawn, but they don’t do that anymore because of all the contamination in the creek.”
The dangers of Plaster Creek are not just harmful to wildlife – the creek’s E. coli levels are highly dangerous to humans who live in the waterway’s vicinity.
“Children are not supposed to play in the creek,” said Warners. “Whatever kids tend to do in creeks, they can’t do because the E. coli is so high.”
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“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Mondays at 8:30 a.m, and Thursdays and Sundays at 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.