On Earth Day Weekend 2013 the Grand River hit its highest level in modern times. Faced with a historic flood that threatened environmental and economic disaster, West Michigan Environmental Action Council initiated an unprecedented community response in support of the City of Grand Rapids.
More than 1,500 volunteers came out to fill 150,000 sand bags, enough to fortify public and private assets throughout the region. The video above details the story of that effort and explains how the real challenges are still to come.
This flood was a living lesson, affirming the need to protect our water resources by capturing rain water where it falls. WMEAC has been educating our communities about the need for stormwater management for years, in preparation for climate change impacts. Now that water is receding, our work really begins. There has never been a better time to reinvent local stormwater policies and practice!