June 2014

  • Don’t let the vocal minority kill your project: How to Deal with Trail Opposition

    While it is typical to have someone who objects to a proposed trail, in most cases we see an about-face once the trail opens for public use. One property owner actually called me a couple months after the trail opened and apologized for being difficult during construction. She discovered how much she loved the trail! […]

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  • P&N’s York Creek Drainage Design in Action!

    A few years ago, Prein&Newhof helped Plainfield Township, Alpine Township and the Kent County Drain Commissioner address a serious flooding problem at York Creek along Four Mile Road. In general, pervious areas were declining in the watershed. York Creek’s flow is very flashy (responds very quickly to rainfall) because it drains a large, densely developed […]

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  • MDEQ launches wetland banking grants and loans

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced it will take grant and loan applications for its Wetland Mitigation Banking Fund Program (WMBF) starting on July 1, 2014. The WMBF provides grants and low interest loans to eligible municipalities interested in developing a wetland mitigation bank. The primary purpose of the program is to promote the […]

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  • Brownfield Money: $945,000 cleans up site for New Health-Focused Campus

    MDEQ awarded Kalamazoo Valley Community College $945,000 to clean up sites along Portage Creek, making way for its new Health Focused Campus. P&N helped KVCC with all the paperwork to make this grant a reality. Contaminated sites are usually a major roadblock in redeveloping urban areas, and KVCC worked with the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield […]

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  • Whitehall’s green street featured in MML Review

    The May/June issue of the MML Review features Whitehall’s Lake Street (the green road) on pages 8-10. Here’s an excerpt! Indeed, the real genius of the project lies in the low-impact design created by Prein&Newhof. Rather than imposing on the landscape a series of artificial constructs to perform the filtering functions, these innovative engineers looked […]

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  • Designing low-maintenance trails

    When I started designing non-motorized trails in the Holland area about 16 years ago, trail development was still in its infancy. Since then, I have designed or managed construction of about 150 miles of trails. As your community’s trail system develops, maintenance becomes a real concern. Here are 13 of my favorite maintenance-minimizing trail design […]

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  • EPA Updates Federal Funding Catalog

    For all your federal funding questions, the EPA has updated its catalog for fiscal year 2014. It’s a searchable tool that narrows down to the opportunities that match your situation. Check it out!

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  • Is this the future for local road funding?

    By Jim Hegarty, PE I drive nearly 30,000 miles every year for my job, so I’ve gotten to see a lot of Michigan. Whenever I stop for gas or an iced tea, I like to scan the newspaper headlines to see what’s going on locally. Last week, I happened upon the Williamston Enterprise with the […]

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