Water Programs

Water Resources

With Lake Michigan to our West, and two of Michigan largest watersheds – the Grand and Muskegon Rivers – running through many of our West Michigan communities, protecting our fresh water resources is incredibly important to WMEAC. From WMEAC working to ban DDT in 1968, to the passage of the Inland Lakes and Streams Act and the Great Lakes Oil Drilling Ban, WMEAC’s history has always focused on protecting water. Today, we are active in the development and implementation of policies and practices that improve stormwater management and water quality. WMEAC is also working on planning and implementation of water trails to link recreational opportunities with the need for water quality improvements.

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are an effective and easy strategy for managing your stormwater and improving water quality.


Stormwater runoff is the largest source of pollution to our waterways. WMEAC works with local community leaders, regional partners, and neighborhood groups on better practices and policies for keeping our waterways clean and safe.

Water Trails

Learn more about WMEAC’s efforts to link water recreation and the need for better stewardship by supporting water trail planning in West Michigan.


This initiative brings new partners to WMEAC and the City of Grand Rapids’ efforts to improve water quality, reduce flooding, and increase water conservation through stormwater education and outreach in underserved neighborhoods.

Great Lakes Dunes

Michigan’s 275,000 acres of coastal sand dunes are diverse ecosystems, an integral aspect of our state’s biodiversity, and vital to the tourism industry.

Rainwater Rewards

Learn more about the costs and benefits of implementing green infrastructure (nature-based practices) for stormwater management.

PFAS In Kent County

WMEAC has been engaged in the efforts to get Wolverine Worldwide to clean up its tannery and dump sites in Norther Kent County and is an active member of the Community Action Group (CAG).

Teach for the Watershed

Teach for the Watershed (T4W) is building the Next Generation of Great Lakes Advocates! T4W provides teachers and students with tools to help them learn about and take action in protecting West Michigan’s watersheds and Great Lakes.


Adopt-A-Stream empowers community members and businesses to learn about our local streams and protect our freshwater resources! Volunteer with our Stream Keepers Macroinvertebrate Monitoring or sign your business up for our Adopt-A-Stream Bid Discount Program to support WMEAC’s water initiatives.