Project Summary

Project Location

Lake Macatawa, Holland, MI, Ottawa County Macatawa Watershed, Allegan & Ottawa Counties, MI

Project Start Date

November 1, 2012

Project Duration

5 years (project duration is an estimate as project goal attainment will be based on funding and land availability)

Project Budget


Project Milestones

August 31, 2014 Reached $7.7 million in support
February 28, 2014 Secured 33 Endorsements From Business, Individuals, and Government
January 2, 2014 Acquired 350 Acres For Remediation

Project Details


Our goal is to remediate the water quality issues of Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa Watershed. This multi-phased approach provides solutions focused on land restoration, Best Management Practices (BMPs), community education, and long term sustainability. The advantage of this phased approach is that each phase builds on its predecessor, thereby avoiding redundancy and  providing flexibility in implementation. We include solutions that address the problems of Lake Macatawa both at the source (passive wetland restoration) and further downstream.

Restoration Plan PDF

July-August Dashboard PDF

Project Collaborators:

Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway
Project management and financial oversight, land acquisition and wetland restoration management, information and education management

GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute
Research and data analysis support, wetland restoration planning and development support

Macatawa Watershed Project
Best Management Practices (BMP) oversight for urban and agricultural areas, Watershed Master Plan management

Hope College
Research support

Niswander Environmental
Wetlands restoration specialists

Progressive A&E
Engineered water quality solutions specialists

Jim Edewaard, CCIM
Commercial Realtor- Coldwell Banker Commercial, Land Aquisition Support

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Legal and transactional support

Project Endorsements:

Allegan Conservation District
Annis Water Resources Institute
Bank of Holland
Blue Sky Sessions
City of Holland
City of Zeeland
Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area
Dykhuis Farms
Fairly Painless Advertising
Fifth Third Bank
Fillmore Township
Haworth, Inc.
Herman Miller Inc.
Holland Board of Public Works
Holland Charter Township
Hope College
Laketown Township
Land Conservancy of West Michigan
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council Policy Board
Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce
Ottawa Conservation District
Ottawa County Board of Commissioners
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission
Ottawa County Water Resources Commissioner
Overisel Township
Park Township
Piper Restaurant & Eldean Ship Yard
Patty Birkholz, Director of West Michigan Office- League of Conservation Voters
Port Sheldon Township
Request Foods
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Yacht Basin Marina
Zeeland Charter Township

Project Advisory Board:

Dick & Betsy DeVos
Rick DeVos
Jim & Donna Brooks
Scott Brooks
Janet DeYoung
Bob Fenton
Mike Volkema
Sid Jansma
Steve Bulthuis

Campaign Committee Members:

Lynn Kotecki, Fundraising Director
Dick & Betsy DeVos, Co-Chair
Sid Jansma
Jim & Donna Brooks, Co-Chair
Scott Brooks

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Travis Williams, Executive Director Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway
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