December 2016

  • MNRTF Grants – $300,000 available for parks in 2017

    MDNR set to host Recreation Grant Workshops The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is hosting nine free workshops across the state this winter for those who are considering applying to the following for funding in 2017: Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund Recreation Passport Grant Program Invasive Species Grant Program At each workshop […]

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  • New interchange corrects traffic hazards at Cascade Road and I-96 in Grand Rapids

    By Jason Washler, PE The new Cascade Road Diverging Diamond Interchange is a significant improvement to the transportation network in Grand Rapids Township. This project is a great example of how the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is using innovation to improve its road system. Congratulations to all stakeholders (planners, designers, builders, local government and MDOT) on a fantastic project! […]

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  • Legislative Report on Flint Water Crisis Proposes Changes for Water Systems

    By Barbara Marczak, PE The State of Michigan’s Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency recently published its final report, outlining 36 legislative proposals to bring positive changes to Michigan’s public water systems. Included among its legislative proposals: Lowering the lead action level from 15 ppb to 10 ppb by 2020. Heightening scrutiny of […]

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  • $60 billion needed to fix Michigan’s infrastructure, says 21st Century Infrastructure Commission

    Asset management is a key component to fixing roads, sewers, and water systems By Brian Vilmont, PE Today Governor Snyder unveiled the final report of his 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, citing the need for $60 billion over the next 20 years to fix our state’s ailing infrastructure systems. A key part of the Committee’s recommendations is […]

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  • Rural Development interest rates plunge to lowest ever!

    By Jim Hegarty If you’re thinking of doing a sewer or water project in Michigan, and your community has fewer than 10,000 residents, you should consider financing it through the United States Department of Agriculture–Rural Development. Their current ‘poverty’ interest rate is 1.375%, their ‘intermediate’ interest rate is 1.785%, and their market rate is 2.25%. To explore this opportunity, please […]

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