Green Stormwater Infrastructure 101 and Native Plant Exchange

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Date(s) - Mon Jun 15, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Rockford Community Cabin


Green Stormwater Infrastructure 101:
How Your Yard Can Benefit the Greater Watershed Community

Presented by Kelly Goward,
Environmental Program Manager, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council

The water cycle is one of the most basic functions that support life, yet humans have done so much to alter it, and not in a good way. We will explore the ways that humans have altered the water cycle, and how this has impacted the environment. We will learn how green stormwater infrastructure can be used to mitigate and in some cases reverse that impact. We will also discuss the role that native plants play in green stormwater infrastructure.

We will meet first at the Rockford Community Cabin and will walk over to nearby Parkside Elementary School later in the program.

Photo: Macatawa Area Coordinating Council


Kelly Goward holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University. Kelly has been the Macatawa Watershed Project Manager at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council since August 2012. There she works with local stakeholders to improve the water quality of Lake Macatawa through public education, improved stormwater management and implementing best management practices. Kelly previously worked for the Ottawa and Allegan Conservation Districts for 8 years assisting landowners with forest and wildlife management, critical dunes issues, water quality, using native plants, and controlling invasive species.



Bring favorite native plants from your yard to share with your fellow Wild Ones and take some home for yourself. All plants are FREE! The Plant Exchange will take place in the parking lot after the hike.

Native Plant Exchange Rules of Etiquette:
The purpose of the Plant Exchange is to foster natural landscaping with native plants. Please bring plants to share from your garden that you know to be true native species, please no invasive exotics!

  • Respect Plants. Plants may not get planted immediately, pot them up well so they can survive.
  • Please provide species labels for the transplants and label them with moisture/sun requirements.
  • Respect Yourself. Just starting out? Don’t have plants to bring? Of course, you may still take plants! In fact, that is one of the main purposes of the Plant Exchange. We all had to get started somehow, and when native plants start doing really well in your yard, bring some back to share. It is the “Plant It Forward” concept!
  • Respect Others. If there are only a few pots of a particular species, please take only one so that others may have a chance to get one too.

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