Area residents invited to final Third Coast Conversations event

Several members of the Big Rapids area community attended the “Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan” discussion events earlier this year. A final conversation is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22, to discuss ways people can get more involved with protecting and promoting the Muskegon River. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — As warmer weather approaches and people begin to flock to the Muskegon River for outdoor fun, area residents have the opportunity to discuss how to take care of and promote the river.

The final discussion scheduled as part of a series of public meetings focused on the state’s water, “Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan,” is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at Osburndale, 1016 Lilac Ave., Big Rapids.

This conversation series, which is supported by grants through Michigan Humanities Council, began in February as part of the annual Festival of the Arts, and covered topics such as the historic uses, current condition and future vision for tourism and maintaining the quality of the Muskegon River.

Artworks Executive Director Lynne Scheible explained due to interest shown by people who participated in the talks, they are hosting this last conversation to discuss steps people can take to become involved with the waterway.

“The previous conversations stimulated a lot of interest from people who wanted to engage deeper,” she said. “This gathering is for people who want to get involved and know what’s next for them.”

Scheible explained while past meetings focused on providing people an opportunity to listen to each other and present ideas for how to care for and promote local waterways, this event will look more at turning ideas into actions.

Among the possible ways to become more involved people brought up were taking more trips down the river, hosting kayak and canoe races, or other water-based recreation activities, participating in river clean-up days and more, Scheible said.

For more information about the event, call Scheible at Artworks at (231) 796-2420.

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Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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