Trash Free Waters

Recently, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced four recipients of the first ever “Trash Free Waters” grant, which aims to remove trash, litter and garbage – including plastics – from marine and freshwater environments. EPA requested competitive applications for GLRI funding for community-based projects to clean up beaches and waterways to ensure the Great Lakes watershed continues to provide habitat for wildlife and drinking water and recreation for all Americans. The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC) and it’s West Michigan coalition of partners (including the KRWC) are honored to be among the first recipients of this new EPA grant program! We’ll be looking to engage local citizens for clean up events so keep an eye out for those opportunities!

This fall we’ll be coordinating clean up activities on a small group or individual basis. Participants will be guided to our target sites, pick up trash and share results with us by estimating the volume of trash and taking photos of their trash collections. Separately but together…we can make a difference! For more information or to volunteer please e-mail us at