Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Please join us in cleaning up the Rogue River! Volunteers will canoe, kayak, or walk along riverbanks above and below the dam cleaning up the river. A free lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
The Kent Conservation District will screen drinking water well samples during lunch for nitrates. Please contact Nichol De Mol if you would like your water sampled.
Meet at Richardson Sowerby Park in Rockford. This park is along the Rogue River just downstream from the Rockford Dam and is easily accessible from the White Pine State Trail or off Main Street behind the Rogue Valley Towers.
Contact Nichol De Mol at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-557-6362 if you would like to participate. This event will be held rain or shine.
Visit the Kent Conservation District website for more information at www.kentconservation.org
This cleanup is funded by the Department of Environmental Quality and the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative project (Wege Foundation, Frey Foundation, Wolverine World Wide Foundation, Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited, and Robert DeVilbiss). The water screening is sponsored by the Kent Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).
Located at Boyne Mountain Resort, the Michigan Fly Fishing Festival is designed to showcase the best of Michigan’s fly fishing heritage and innovation. Chances to enjoy live music, good food, check out some new gear and get out during season. Above all, enjoy a good time with friends and colleagues within our industry!
Saturday, July 20
10am-6pm: Michigan Fly Fishing Festival open to the public. Vendors and manufacturer representatives will be on hand and complimentary casting clinics are offered throughout the day.
12-6pm: BBQ provided by Tannery Creek Meat Market
12-3pm: Live music by Hipps ‘n Ricco
2-4pm: Casting for Conservation casting competition – qualifying round. 50% of the proceeds go to benefit conservation projects for northern Michigan.
12pm-12pm (Sunday): Tip of the Mitt On The Fly Challenge. Take part in this *fly fishing only* 24 hour fishing competition
4pm: SPEAKER – “Fly Fishing Michigan’s Tip of the Mitt” – Ethan Winchester, Boyne Outfitters
5pm: SPEAKER – “Fly Casting Fundamentals for Fiberglass & Bamboo Rods” – Glen Blackwood, Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company
Sunday, July 21
10am-4pm: Michigan Fly Fishing Festival open to the public. Vendors and manufacturer representatives will be on hand and complimentary casting clinics are offered throughout the day.
10am-12pm: Casting for Conservation casting competition – final round. 50% of the proceeds go to benefit conservation projects for northern Michigan.
12-1pm: Trout Pond Single Fly Competition. This is a single fly – fly fishing competition on the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa pond.
2pm: SPEAKER – “The Angling Writings of Robert Traver” – Glen Blackwood, Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company
3pm: Closing ceremony
If you follow the groundwater withdrawal issue in Michigan, there were a few articles written recently that are worth your time.
Great Lakes Echo — “Michigan’s groundwater tool: Oversold, overhyped and in question”
Join Wolverine and Rockford Footwear Depot for a day of cleaning up the Rogue River on Saturday, June 8 at 9:00am! Following the clean up all volunteers are welcome to come for lunch, live music, and fishing/conservation demos. The day of the cleanup, volunteers will be assigned to a team with a project leader and be provided supplies for the day’s river clean up. Volunteers should bring comfortable shoes (that can get wet/dirty), layered clothing, bug spray, refillable water bottles. There is a need for a few volunteers to wear waders in order to get debris that is in the river, if you have them and you are willing to get in the river please bring them! Wolverine will be providing t-shirts and gloves for volunteers. All volunteers will be eligible for coupons and giveaways from Rockford businesses.
To get more details and RSVP, please visit this site: http://rougerriver.eventbrite.com/
We are thankful for the contributions from exiting board members; Dave Smith, Dick Smith and Rich Steketee, who have served on the board of directors for Schrems for many years. Their dedication, ideas, and leadership benefiting our cold water resources will be missed.
The board of directors for Schrems West Michigan TU is made up of 15 volunteers who care about our cold water resources and are generous enough to give up a few hours a month to help protect, restore and reconnect those resources. Directors serve three year terms starting after elections at our Annual Membership Meeting at Wa-Wa Sum in June. This year we have three open positions to fill.
What makes our chapter so successful, and one of the premier chapters in North America, is the diversity and turn over we have on the board. New ideas and fresh energy are keys to our success! We are involved in not only stream projects but fundraising, grant writing, project management, public relations and community education. And we need your help! If you feel the need to give back, or just want to get more involved, we would love to talk with you.
To learn more please contact JR Hartman, 616-835-5764.