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Interactive Mapping Application for Plaster Creek

pc The Plaster Creek Watershed GIS is an interactive online GIS application for investigation, research, analysis, and visualization. It is an ongoing effort supported by Calvin College, the Plaster Creek Stewards, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


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Information provided in the Plaster Creek Watershed GIS is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is subject to change on a regular basis, without notice. While the GIS efforts by the Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies at Calvin College(GEO) makes every effort to provide useful and accurate information, we do not warrant the information to be authoritative, complete, factual, or timely. Information is provided on an "as is" and an "as available" basis. Calvin College disclaims any liability, loss, injury, or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, resulting from the use and application of any of the contents of this web site. Use of any part of this website means you as user, agree with the disclaimer and abide by its stipulations.






Why Plaster Creek?

The creek is currently one of the most polluted in the state of Michigan. The watershed occupies approximately 58 square miles, all in metropolitan Grand Rapids, Michigan. The creek itself is about 14 miles long. Its headwaters originate south and east of Grand Rapids, with many of the tributaries coming from agricultural areas around Dutton and Caledonia. The creek flows through commercial and residential areas of the city, and finally through industrial areas and low-income neighborhoods before emptying into the Grand River a mile south of the city center.

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