Resources

  • Stormwater Permits – We can help!

    By Dana R. Burd, P.E., LEED AP Does your facility require an Industrial Storm Water Permit? If you have storm water leaving your site, the answer could be ‘yes’. The Michigan DEQ began issuing Industrial Storm Water Permits in 1994. Regulated facilities that have never obtained a permit may qualify for a Consent Order (as described […]

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  • Massive Dam Funding Program Proposed in Senate Bill

    By James R. Hegarty, PE Senate Bill 2848: The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 was introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in June 2016, and is awaiting passage by the Senate. This is the most significant dam funding proposal in my memory. If the amendment passes, it will provide up to $60 million annually […]

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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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  • Video: Pedestrian Tunnel Connecting Offices

    When you need to shift 1,500 employees between two major buildings, but want to keep them close and connected, what do you do? When a traffic study tells you 40% of your employees are crossing a dangerous street to get to work, what do you do? You build a safe way to connect the offices. […]

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  • Water is Michigan’s greatest resource

    By  Barbara E. Marczak, P.E., Prein&Newhof Last September, I became Chair of the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). With over 50,000 members, including 1,600 in Michigan, AWWA is the nation’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to managing and treating water. Little did I realize then that one of the biggest public drinking […]

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  • Great Lakes Fishery Trust Proposals Due in March; Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Applications Due April 1

    2016 Applications Now Open for MNRTF, LWCF & RPGP The application period for the 2016 grant cycle is now open for the following programs: Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Recreation Passport Grant Program (RPGP) Grant Application due date for these programs is April 1, 2016 at 11:59pm (midnight). […]

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  • MDEQ awards $101 million in third-round SAW grants

    MDEQ just announced its third round of Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) grant recipients, totaling $101,000,000. The SAW program provides an amazing opportunity for communities to develop asset management plans for their stormwater and wastewater systems. It’s all about looking farther into the future, preventing disasters, and being responsible about financing Michigan’s infrastructure. To see a list of third-round grantees […]

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  • Great Lakes Fishery Trust Accepting Grant Proposals

    The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is accepting applications for its “Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations” program and for its “Great Lakes Stewardship” program. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 19, 2016 and you must apply online via the GLFT website. Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations Grants fund projects that manage or respond to changes in the fishery and ecosystem, combat invasive […]

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  • Nine Tips for Hiring Engineering Consultants: Part 1

    By James R. Hegarty, PE Have you ever been disappointed with an engineering firm’s work? Did it ever occur to you that your hiring process might have unwittingly set your project up for failure from the start?  Jim Hegarty, engineer and business development specialist, has gathered some tips for hiring engineering consultants in this first […]

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  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Grant Opportunities

    Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership (GLBFHP) Proposals Due November 20, 2015 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to to fund approximately five GLBFHP fish habitat improvement projects in the Great Lakes basin this year, averaging $50,000 to $75,000 per project. Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Proposals Due December 14, 2015 This Act encourages cooperative conservation, […]

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