Jackson Conservation District

The Upper Grand River Implementation Project (UGRIP)

The Upper Grand River Watershed Management Plan identified problem areas in the watershed, particularly portions of the Portage River sub-basin that are experiencing high levels of off-field soil loss, nitrate/nitrite pollution, a lack of riparian buffer vegetation, and a low amount of remaining wetlands. In 2006, the Jackson County Conservation District started the Upper Grand River Implementation Project to address erosion and sedimentation problems in a targeted area of the watershed.

UGRIP is funded by a Section 319 nonpoint source grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (formerly the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality), and through the commitment of 20 different partner organizations in the watershed. The first part of the project, from 2006 to 2008, achieved much success in educating watershed residents about water quality issues in the Upper Grand and working directly with landowners and local governments to plan and implement Best Management Practices for protecting water quality and promoting sustainable land use. UGRIP's accomplishments for the first three years are summarized in the project fact sheet and final report. UGRIP events have included workshops for landowners, river cleanups, special events such as soil testing days, and youth educational programs. Check out the photos of past UGRIP events here.

In 2009, UGRIP was funded by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment for another three years. During this second part of the project, education efforts will be expanded to sub-basins in the urbanized area of the watershed and surrounding the main stem of the Grand River north of the City of Jackson. New parts of the project will explore the potential for restoring old oxbows and wetland areas in the watershed, and improving stormwater detention in the urban sub-basins through innovative techniques such as using porous pavement and creating bioretention basins.

For more information about UGRIP, please contact:

Cecilia Govrik
Watershed Project Manager
Upper Grand River Implementation Project

Jackson County Conservation District
211 W. Ganson St., Suite 200
Jackson, MI 49201
517-784-2800 Ext. 208
cecilia.govrik@macd.org

UGRIP Partners

The Upper Grand River Implementation Project is a partnership of non-profit and governmental organizations that all have an interest in protecting water quality and promoting sustainable land use in the Upper Grand River Watershed.

Lending a Hand

From 2006 to 2008, the following partners contributed $216,000 of financial and in-kind assistance to carrying out project tasks.

ASTI Environmental
The Dahlem Conservancy
Ducks Unlimited
Grand River Environmental Action Team (GREAT)
Henrietta Conservation & Recreation Conservancy
Henrietta Township
Ingham Conservation District
Ingham County Drain Commissioner
Jackson Ag Council
Jackson County Conservation District
Jackson County Drain Commissioner
Legacy Land Conservancy
Michigan Audubon Society
Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy
Michigan State University Extension-Ingham County
Pheasants Forever
Potawatomi Resource, Conservation & Development Council
Region II Planning
Rives Township
Upper Grand River Watershed Alliance
Waterloo Township

From 2009 to 2011, the partners listed below have committed another $185,000 in financial and in-kind assistance to UGRIP efforts!

ASTI Environmental
Cascades Elementary School
City of Jackson Department of Public Works
The Dahlem Conservancy
Ducks Unlimited
Farm Bureau—Jackson County
Grand River Environmental Action Team (GREAT)
Henrietta Conservation & Recreation Conservancy
Ingham Conservation District
Ingham County Drain Commissioner
Jackson Ag Council
Jackson County Drain Commissioner
Jackson Road Commission
Jackson County Conservation District
Legacy Land Conservancy
Michigan Water Stewardship Program
Michigan Audubon Society
Potawatomi Resource, Conservation & Development Council
Upper Grand River Watershed Alliance

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