Buck Creek garbage

Recently Schrems TU has been awarded a $25,000 grant to assess the water quality in the Buck Creek watershed over the next two years. Currently Buck Creek is a coldwater resource, but highly threatened because of its urban nature. It is very rare to find coldwater in this type of setting, which is why Schrems TU and others like the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds have made Buck Creek a high priority.

The grant we received from The Department of Environmental Quality doesn’t provide funds for cleanup work. Schrems TU, in conjunction with Kentwood, Grandville, Wyoming and other sponsors will be hosting a cleanup on August 15th. Please click on this link to pre-register.

Buck Creek Cleanup - August 12, 2014


8:30 AM

– Volunteers arrive at Lemery Park for check-in. Once you are checked in you will be assigned a number and a team to work with for the day. You will receive a map of your section along the creek, t-shirt, gloves and garbage collection bag. Each “team” will have one guide/leader for the day who will help answer any questions and provide guidance to volunteers. Coffee and baked goods provided by Biggby and Roskam Bakery.

9:00 AM

-Instructions, team photo, and send off of volunteers

11:30am – 12:00pm

– Volunteers meet at Osgood’s Brewing in Grandvile where lunch will be provided.

What to Wear/Bring:

  1. Comfortable shoes (one’s that you don’t mind getting wet/dirty!)
  2. Layered clothing long shirt and pants recommended
  3. Bug Spray
  4. Reusable Water Bottle
  5. Waders (if you have them)

Please call Pete Miller if more information is needed or questions arise (517) 420-4003.

A clean and healthy environment is critical to the overall health of the people that live there. This clean up is just one part of a multi-step process in assessing, improving and  conserving Buck Creek. In addition, this type of clean up is an active event where volunteers will be walking and exercising as they positively contribute to Buck Creek.



  1. Pauline Jastifer
    July 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    We are residents along Buck Creek between Ivanrest and Wayburn. Several of our neighbors will be present on August 8th for the clean-up. However MANY are physically challenged so they will be gathering on our property rather than starting at Lemery Park. We are providing beverages, snacks, insect repellent, bags, and a nurse with first aid at our location. We will allow some parking on our property near the creek for those with walking challenges. You can contact me via email or at (616)538-9598. Pauline & Jim

  2. Jeff Emery
    July 29, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I will will not be reporting to Lemery park but will be at my property on 34th St.near Wayburn ready to assist as I can Jeff.

  3. August 8, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    What is the plan for the 15th what types of materials will be removed from the creek ?
    On our property there are some large rocks in the creek that create a back water and a water fall, that has been habitat for trout.

  4. Kimberlee
    August 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Can we choose to stay and collect in the area of Mill Race Park? Thanks.

  5. Linda
    August 11, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Just discovered this on FB. Obviously missed the clean up. Please contact me about next one. Grandville-Jenison Rotary group wants to get involved. Thx. Linda

  6. Pete Miller
    August 16, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Thanks for all of the interest in Buck Creek. If you have any questions concerning the clean up or what is going on with Buck Creek follow us on Facebook, send us an email, or give me a call.

    517 420-4003

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