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Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University attracts more than 23,300 students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university serving students from all across Michigan and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers 95 undergraduate and 43 graduate degree programs and has campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland. The university offers programming and classes from outreach centers in Battle Creek, Detroit and Traverse City; the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute and the Muskegon Innovation Hub are located in Muskegon. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships

Annis Water Resources Institute

The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University is committed to the study of freshwater resources, with a special emphasis on Michigan and the Great Lakes basin. Located in Muskegon, Michigan, the Institute’s mission is centered around three main programmatic areas: research, education and outreach, and geospatial analysis. Learn more at

AWRI research on microplastics:


Scott, J., Gunderson, K., Green, L., Rediske, R.R. and Steinman, A.D. 2021. Perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) associated with microplastics in a lake environment. Toxics 9, 106.


Steinman, A.D., Scott, J., Green, L., Partridge, C., Oudsema, M., Hassett, M. Kindervater, E., and R. Rediske. 2020. Persistent Organic Pollutants, Metals, and the Bacterial Community Composition Associated with Microplastics in Muskegon Lake (MI). Journal of Great Lakes Research 46: 1444-1458.

City of Muskegon

Muskegon is enjoying an urban revival, reclaiming its waterfront from past industrial uses, revitalizing urban core neighborhoods, and reinvesting in a new downtown after demolition of a 1970’s era shopping mall. We are West Michigan’s Shoreline City, the largest city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan with the longest beach on Michigan’s west coast and miles of waterfront along the shore of Muskegon Lake, a deep water port.

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