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Kids Creek Restoration, Slowly But Surely

Kids Creek Restoration, Slowly But Surely

By Beth Milligan

A $200,000 project to increase the floodplain of Kids Creek near Grand Traverse Pavilions is set to get underway in June – one of multiple projects planned to proceed in 2017 as part of a multi-year restoration effort to improve the health of the waterway and remove it from the state’s Impaired Waters List.

Sarah U’Ren, program director at The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, appeared before Grand Traverse County commissioners Wednesday to brief them on the latest project, set to take place on Kids Creek’s Tributary AA on the south end of the Pavilions campus near Grand Traverse Commons (pictured). “Our plan is to increase the floodplain, so we’re going to reduce the flooding problems that this area sees when we see heavy rains,” U’Ren told commissioners. “We’re going to add a 20-30 foot buffer along that section of creek, plant 65 new trees and replace two of the culverts.”

Because the project will take place on county land, The Watershed Center – working in partnership with the Pavilions and Team Elmer’s – required commission approval to proceed. But U’Ren noted to commissioners that the “biggest thing you guys need to know with this project is that it’s not going to cost you a dime.” Project funding will instead come entirely from a $728,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant through the Environmental Protection Agency, which was awarded to The Watershed Center for green infrastructure improvements and bank stabilization along Kids Creek.  more

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Michigan Water Color Society 70th Annual Exhibition

9:00am An opening reception will be held on Sat., April 8 from 1-4pm. Featuring a talk by exhibition juror Judi Betts & live music. The exhibition runs through May 26. Crooked Tree Arts Center, TC more

Regional Arts & Culture Summit

9:00am Hosted by the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network. Interlochen Center for the Arts, Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership more

Coffee @ Ten

10:00am Featuring photographer & photo historian Judith Kalter. Crooked Tree Arts Center, TC more

Familiar Roads & Divergent Paths

10:00am Watercolor & acrylic paintings by TC artist Charles R. Murphy. City Opera House, TC more

Familiar Roads & Divergent Paths

10:00am Paintings from Charles R. Murphy. Runs through May. City Opera House, TC more

"This Place Feels Familiar"

10:00am Presented by students from the Aesthetics of Health Class led by Interlochen Arts Academy's Visual Art Department faculty member Megan Hildebrandt. Featuring art inspired by Cowell Cancer Center staff & patient interactions during the past year. Runs through the summer in the cancer center's Reflection Gallery on the third floor & Health & Wellness Suite on the second floor, TC. Cowell Cancer Center, Reflection Gallery on the third floor & Health & Wellness Suite on the second floor more

Get Crafty

11:00am Create a Butterfly Board at 11am or 2pm. Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC more

Channeling Picasso

11:00am Michigan Artists Gallery invites you to visit the extraordinary world of Pablo Picasso as interpreted by 40+ artists. The show's opening will take place from 5-9pm. The exibit will run through the end of May. Michigan Artists Gallery, TC more
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