Updates

  • City of Rockford’s wastewater system evaluation predicts significant savings

    The Rockford Squire recently published an article discussing Prein&Newhof’s partnership with the City of Rockford to evaluate its stormwater and wastewater systems. The City was awarded nearly $850,000 through the MDEQ’s SAW (Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater) Program. This has enabled Prein&Newhof to collect and analyze data on the condition of Rockford’s stormwater and wastewater systems. With the resulting […]

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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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  • Spoonville Trail – Now Open to the Public!

    Ottawa County recently celebrated the opening of Phase I of the Spoonville Trail with a Ribbon–Cutting and Donor Recognition Ceremony. The new non–motorized trail stretches almost two miles from North Cedar Drive in Robinson Township to Leonard Road in Crockery Township. Phase II, which is scheduled for summer 2017 construction, will expand the path an additional two miles from Leonard Road and 120th Avenue […]

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  • Check out Downtown Cadillac’s Transformation

    Cadillac’s downtown improvements are almost complete! A new splash pad, outdoor fireplace, and a beautiful arch will add an inviting touch to the new Plaza gathering space in the heart of downtown Cadillac. The Plaza is one part of a series of improvements recommended by Cadillac’s PlacePlan. In 2014, the City of Cadillac applied for MIplace Partnership assistance from […]

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  • $500,000 in GLFT grants available for shore–based fishing projects

    The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) will accept applications until 5:00PM on August 23, 2016, for projects that provide shore–based fishing access opportunities along Lake Michigan or the lower portions of its tributary waters. New access sites, upgrades to existing access sites, boardwalks, breakwalls, or fishing platforms/piers are eligible. Engineering studies to develop fishing access also qualify. You […]

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  • Port of Muskegon at Heritage Landing brings tourists to town

    Did you know there is a luxury cruise ship that sails our very own Great Lakes during the summer months? On its voyage, the Pearl Mist, a 325–foot–long ship, travels back and forth between Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Ontario—frequently stopping along the shores of Michigan and Canada for day visits. Recently, the Pearl Mist made its first […]

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  • Video: Charlevoix Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

    The City of Charlevoix partnered with Prein&Newhof to redesign its wastewater treatment plant located on the coast of Lake Michigan. “Why?” You ask. The plant was experiencing some significant problems. It had difficulties appropriately nitrifying cold water in the winter, managing the increased demand for water during the warmer tourist months, and meeting new MDEQ regulations and safety standards. So […]

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  • Downtown Muskegon Streets: Walkability Makeover

    Muskegon Avenue and Webster Avenue construction is complete! Lots of benefits from this project for downtown Muskegon, including: More walkability to the downtown area. New ‘bump-outs’ at street corners will shorten the crosswalk almost by half, so walkers can cross the street quickly and safely. Narrowing the streets allows for more trees and grass in […]

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