Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint. The state House today agreed to spend 100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another 20 million from the state. Continue reading →
Wetland habitat restoration will be among the issues highlighted at an upcoming public meeting aimed at improving the state of the Great Lakes. The Buffalo meeting on March 28 is one of six being held by the International Joint Commission, the bi-national group that helps regulate the Great Lakes. Continue reading →
A public-private partnership has set the stage for a new public park in Saginaw.
It will be built on top of about 300 acres of what had been a landfill for GM.
The park will include hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing, and catch-and-release fishing in the Saginaw river.
Marc Miller is the Deputy Director of Regional Initiatives for the Michigan DNR. He said the property only cost 10 dollars, however there will be capital cost to develop the site.
“Our first phase we imagine it will be around 290,000 dollars, for trail development and some of the other amenities, and so, that is one of our first phases of development. We’re hoping, also, that the partners will raise enough money that an endowment will be there to pay for the operations and maintenances site by the county.”
Miller said the site will provide the opportunity for healthy recreation, and enjoying nature. He said it will give the DNR a new area to work on things like water quality, reforestation, and increasing wildlife habitat.
The DNR hopes to close the deal by summer and begin development.
Governor Rick Snyder and Representative Sheldon Neeley celebrate the signing of the water legislation at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint. Photo Credit: Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder
Governor Rick Snyder signed a bipartisan bill Friday that will require public water supply systems to tell customers about elevated lead levels. The law would require notification within three days of discovering lead levels are above the federal action level. Notification is already required – but the three-day rule is new. Governor Rick Snyder said the bill is an important first step. Continue reading →