Celebrating Water with Music, Food and Fun at the 4th Annual Grand River Water Festival

The kiddie pool provided entertainment for those uninterested in listening to speakers.

The 4th Annual Grand River Water Festival was a success, thanks to over 70 volunteers and more than 20 vendors and non-profit partners!  Some 1,200 people enjoyed great music, food, and local beer at the Kent County Youth Fairgrounds last weekend.  Funds raised will support West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s water advocacy programs and To the Lake, a Project GREEN program designed to introduce children to Lake Michigan.

A collaboration between West Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Wege Foundation, and Hawks and Owls, the festival served to educate the public about water issues and highlight the importance of defending our freshwater resources.  Major sponsors included the Wege Foundation, Wheeler Family Foundation, WYCE, Transnation Title Company and T&W Electronics.

A young festival-goer enjoys the music and the kiddie pool

Various displays introduced festival-goers to stormwater pollution, the hazards of fracking, the importance of gardening with native plants, and multiple opportunities to get involved with local issues.  Attendees had the opportunity to send a postcard to Governor Rick Snyder asking for strict fracking regulation and sign two different petitions, one dealing with septic upkeep regulations and another urging the city of Grand Rapids to take action on stormwater management.

“The festival was a great opportunity to educate people about water issues and inspire them to take action”, said WMEAC Executive Director Rachel Hood.  The 5th Annual Grand River Water Festival is already being planned for next year, and we’d love to have your help!  To get involved as a volunteer, vendor, or sponsor, contact Rachel at rhood@wmeac.org.

Native plant species were twisted into flower wreaths in the kid's tent

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