The WMSRDC Environmental Program facilitates regional cooperation for the improvement, resiliency and sustainability of West Michigan’s natural resources and water quality. The program provides opportunities for meaningful collaboration among local, state and federal government agencies and West Michigan watershed and conservation organizations and the public. Local environmental needs are identified and addressed within a regional context to meet the environmental goals of local communities, the State of Michigan, the Lake Michigan Watershed and the Great Lakes.
West Michigan watershed partners, WMSRDC, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, and Grand Valley Metro Council are collaborating to develop sustainable funding strategies to implement the West Michigan Region’s existing watershed management plans. To assist with the effort, Public Sector Consultants (PSC) developed a feasibility study, A New Approach to Fund Watershed Management: An Evaluation of Funding Mechanisms. In addition, Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute developed a report, A New Approach to Managing Water in the State of Michigan: Assessing the Feasibility of Integrated Watershed Commissions. WMSRDC will hold further discussions with watershed partners about the funding mechanisms outlined in the PSC study over the coming year.