Ottawa County Plans 17th Annual Water Quality Forum 💧

Ottawa Update

September 22, 2022

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Registration Now Open for Annual Water Quality Forum

Register now at for the Ottawa County Water Quality Forum scheduled for November 7. 

Years ago, Ottawa County leaders asked themselves, "What would happen if Ottawa County became a place known for poor water quality?" At the very first forum in 2006, leaders discussed the environmental, public health and economic impacts of water quality, plus the state of the Grand River. Keeping water quality at the forefront of leaders' minds has led to important research and critical accomplishments.

Forum participants pushed for infrastructure changes to improve the health of the Grand River; they commissioned studies of E. Coli sources in rivers and beaches; they advanced bans on phosphorus fertilizers; they mobilized to prevent the dredging of the Grand River; they provided education and tools to improve the health of watersheds; and they spearheaded an ongoing study of groundwater quantity and quality.

While the topics at the event have evolved over time, the significance of these forums has not changed. With its miles of rivers, streams and Lake Michigan shoreline, coupled with the rapid population growth of the area, water is pivotal to Ottawa's quality of life.

The 2022 Water Quality Forum focuses on native landscaping and water conservation. As Ottawa County navigates the needs of agriculture, residential growth and the environment, presenters will:

  • discuss what our groundwater studies are teaching us,
  • how native plantings and rainscapes  impact water quantity and quality, and
  • where municipal water systems can partner.

Space is limited to the first 80 registrants and closes on October 30. Register now.

Water Forum 2022