Lower Grand Watershed

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Hydrologic Unit Code: 04050006

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Watershed Overview

Totaling 2,014 square miles, the Grand River Watershed is the largest watershed in the State of Michigan. The watershed has been divided into two parts, the Lower Grand River and the Upper Grand River Watersheds. The Lower Grand River Watershed covers ten counties. The Cities of Grand Rapids and Grand Haven are the major urban centers within the watershed that is otherwise 60% agricultural in land use. Between the years of 1996 and 2001, there has been a slight increase if developed and cultivated land, and a slight decrease in forest and grassland.

The Nature Conservancy has identified several critical ecological resources in the watershed. The Rogue River has White Oak-Red Oak/Early Meadow-Rue Forest and small to medium –sized tributary streams in end moraine and outwash plains. In addition, The Saul Lake Bog is a Leatherleaf Bog, and Seigenfuss Lake/Greenville has White Pine/White Oak Forest.

Watershed Activities

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A watershed management plan was developed for the Lower Grand River by the Annis Institute. In the plan, the following goals were identified:
  • Maintain and improve water quality by promoting sound land management decisions.
  • Assess relationships between water quality and storm water runoff by developing guidelines for stormwater management to reduce impacts or urbanization.
  • Preserve and restore coldwater fisheries and reintroduce indigenous game fish species where possible.
  • Provide for flood protection, minimize risk of flooding, and assess necessity of flood control improvements.
  • Ensure public safety in recreational opportunities in surface waters.

Watershed Groups

  • Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission — www.co.ottawa.mi.us/parks
  • Kent County Drain Commission — www.accesskent.com/YourGovernment/DrainCommissioner/drain_index.htm
  • West Michigan Environmental Council — www.wmeac.org
  • The Lower Grand River 319 Project, Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute — www.gvsu.edu/wri/isc/lowgrand

For more information, see the USEPA “Surf Your Watershed” website at http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/huc.cfm?huc_code=04050006 or contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment at 517-335-6969 to request a copy of the following reports:

  • Flat River (2003): MI/DEQ/WD-03/130
  • Rogue River (2003): MI/DEQ/WD-03/129
  • Plaster Creek (2001): MI/DEQ/SWP-01/107

Watershed Management Plans

  • Hager Creek — Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Plaster Creek — Kent County Drain Commission
  • Spring Lake — Spring Lake Lake Board
  • Buck Creek — Grand Valley Metro Council
  • Crockery Creek — Muskegon Conservation District
  • Rogue River — Grand Valley Metro Council and GVSU/AWRI
  • Sand Creek — Grand Valley Metro Council and GVSU/AWRI
  • Upper and Lower Grand River — Grand Valley State University and Annis Water Resources Institute

Watershed Data and Information

USGS Water Resources Links for: 04050006 - Lower Grand

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Impaired (303d) Waters

A listing of impaired waters can be found on the U.S. EPA website at: http://iaspub.epa.gov/tmdl_waters10/huc_rept.control?p_huc=04050006&p_huc_desc=LOWER%20GRAND

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Watershed Management Tools

Tools for addressing impairments in the watershed can be found at the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan Watershed Tools page. Specific Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan Watershed Tools can be found at the following pages:


Subwatersheds for Lower Grand River Watershed

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Information on other Lake Michigan subwatersheds can be found at: Lake Michigan Subwatershed Information
HUC Watershed Name
04050006 0101 Clear Lake-Black Creek
04050006 0102 Fifth Lake
04050006 0103 Townline Creek-Flat River
04050006 0104 Mud Lake Flat River
04050006 0105 Hunter Lake-Flat River
04050006 0106 Alder Creek Drain-Black Creek
04050006 0107 Clear Creek
04050006 0108 Coopers Creek
04050006 0109 Perch Lake-Flat River
04050006 0201 Wabasis Creek
04050006 0202 County Farm Pond-Dickerson Creek
04050006 0203 Twin Lakes-Dickerson Creek
04050006 0204 Long Lake
04050006 0205 Dickerson Creek
04050006 0206 Sanderson Lake-Flat River
04050006 0207 Seeley Creek
04050006 0208 Honey Lake-Flat River
04050006 0209 Flat River
04050006 0301 Taylor Drain-Libhart Creek
04050006 0302 Libhart Creek
04050006 0303 Bacon Creek-Prairie Creek
04050006 0304 Ross and Branch Drain-Prairie Creek
04050006 0305 Bow Pond
04050006 0306 Prairie Creek
04050006 0307 Dry Creek-Grand River
04050006 0308 Sessions Creek
04050006 0309 Bellamy Creek-Grand River
04050006 0310 Crooked Creek-Grand River
04050006 0311 Lake Creek
04050006 0312 Toles Creek-Grand River
04050006 0313 Lee Creek-Grand River
04050006 0401 Hickory Creek-Rogue River
04050006 0402 Duke Creek
04050006 0403 Spring Creek-Rogue River
04050006 0404 Nash Creek
04050006 0405 Ball Creek-Rogue River
04050006 0406 Cedar Creek
04050006 0407 Freska Lake-Rogue River
04050006 0408 Stegman Creek-Rogue River
04050006 0501 Bear Creek
04050006 0502 Egypt Creek-Grand River
04050006 0503 Mill Creek
04050006 0504 Indian Mill Creek
04050006 0505 Headwaters Plaster Creek
04050006 0506 Plaster Creek
04050006 0507 Lamberton Creek-Grand River
04050006 0508 Sharps Creek-Buck Creek
04050006 0509 East Branch Rush Creek
04050006 0510 Buck Creek
04050006 0511 Rush Creek
04050006 0512 Walker-Grand River
04050006 0601 North Branch Crockery Creek
04050006 0602 Eastland Drain-Crockery Creek
04050006 0603 Rio Grand Creek
04050006 0604 Lawrence Drain-Crockery Creek
04050006 0605 Crockery Creek
04050006 0701 East Fork
04050006 0702 Headwaters Sand Creek
04050006 0703 Sand Creek
04050006 0704 Dear Creek
04050006 0705 Ottawa Creek-Grand River
04050006 0706 Bass Creek
04050006 0707 Bass River
04050006 0708 Jubb Bayou-Grand River
04050006 0709 Pottawatomie Bayou
04050006 0710 Norris Creek
04050006 0711 Spring Lake
04050006 0712 Grand River