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Grand River Water Festival Schedule 2018

12:00-12:15 Blessing by Great Grandmother Mary Lyons, Ojibwa Elder/Water Protector
12:15-1:00 Aspen Jacobsen
1:00-1:15 Speaker, Ruth Kelly, 2nd Ward City Commissioner
1:15-2:00 Peter “Madcat” Ruth
2:00-2:15 Speaker, David Crandall, Citizens Climate Lobby Grand Rapids
2:15-3:00 Yolanda Lavender
3:00-3:15 Speaker, City of Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Whitewater
3:15-4:00 Molly
4:00-4:15 Speaker, Kyle Konwinski, Varnum/PFAS
4:15-5:00 Seth Bernard
5:00-5:15 Speaker, Great Grandmother Mary Lyons
5:15-6:00 Dede and the Dreamers
6:00-6:15 TBA
6:15-7:00 Fauxgrass
7:00-7:15 TBA
7:15-8:00 Hawks & Owls string band
8:00-8:15 Speaker, Bruce Ling
8:15-9:00 Evolucion


We look for speakers to discuss relevant water quality issues in-between bands. Our mission is twofold: We use our performers to bring in folks for a day of fantastic music, and in-between bands we have speakers briefly discuss environmental issues related to water quality. Past speakers have included representatives from the Yellow Dog Watershed on sulfide mining near the shores of Lake Superior, the Shedd Aquarium ecologists on invasive species in the Great Lakes, activist Maureen Taylor on the financial impact and very real life circumstances of an aging, leaking water utility system (leaking utility pipes, outrageous water bills as a result, water shut off, children removed by Protective Services) on low-income Detroit citizens, a charter boat captain on the economic connection between pristine waters and fishing, Mayor George Heartwell on why it is important that Grand Rapids is recognized as the #1 Green City in the United States, environmental attorney Jim Olson and his work on the Nestles water-withdrawal case, Lee Sprague of the Sierra Club about the impact of polluted water on his fellow Native Americans and the importance of holding our elected officials accountable, and biologist Patricia Pennell on the importance of native habitats and how they improve water quality, to name a few.

See the above schedule for this years Speakers.