From the simple beginnings of seeing a need for keeping our little spot on Rush Creek cleaner, to venturing into independent annual stream invertebrate surveys and sending in those findings to the DEQ, to now having the funds and resources (thanks to grants and training from MiCorp) to survey multiple sites on Rush Creek twice a year and share those results with a broader group of interested parties, the Trinity Church Stream Team is thankful for the opportunity to be involved in caring for the Rush Creek Watershed.
And we are thankful for one thing that sets us apart from many of the other groups doing volunteer monitoring, and that is our commitment to participate not only on a practical justice issue of contributing to a healthier environment, but also to do so with a biblical mandate, knowing that care for all of creation is something God calls us to. It is not always easy for a church to jump into this kind of grant program, as there are obstacles to overcome on various sides, so we feel very blessed.
And we are really enjoying the opportunity! We love seeing people who join us come to better understand the beauty of all creation, even the tiny bugs, and to better appreciate the opportunity to somehow make a difference in this world, even by a simple act of collecting and counting these bugs. This is our goal, both for people in our local churches and also in our surrounding community. We invite people of all ages to join us, regardless of their ability or knowledge, just so that we are able the share with as many people as possible this beautiful adventure into the world God has created.
To learn a little bit more about what we are about and read about the work we are doing check out our guest blog post on the Michigan Clean Water Corps website: https://micorps.net/blog/the-trinity-stream-team/