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Council helps protect water around the 'Tip of the Mitt'

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Council helps protect water around the 'Tip of the Mitt'

EMMET COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A group in northern Michigan has spent decades protecting fresh water in Michigan.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is based in Petoskey but serves watersheds of all the major lakes in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties.

The group started in 1979 by researchers at the University if Michigan Biological Station.

More recently it has become more involved in water policy and issues like ballast water and underwater pipelines.

The council has 13 staff members but hundreds of volunteers that help out doing anything from taking water samples to helping at events.

“The busy is a busy fun time and one of the things for people to remember is organizations like the watershed council are reliant on public support," Executive Director Gail Gruenwald said. "So, anyone who wants to participate as a volunteer certainly and devote their time, but also join as a member, we’d love to have that participation.”

The council needs at least 100 volunteers for its Bear River Cleanup on August 4 in Petoskey.

Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information on their website.

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