Resources

  • Grants available for Green Stormwater Infrastructure

    Up to $7.8 million expected to be awarded in 2017 The Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL) program is accepting proposals for projects that improve habitat and water quality in the Great Lakes basin using green stormwater infrastructure. Eligible applicants include non–profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal, and local governments. There are three categories being awarded […]

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  • 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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  • $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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  • Do you have enough downtown parking?

    By Kimberly Jongsma, Public Outreach and Planning Specialist Finding a place to park is often an issue in downtowns, especially during events. The first solution most people think of is to add more spaces and lots, but making convenient “free” parking a sole priority can decrease a downtown’s vibrancy. There is such a thing as too much parking (think of Kmart lots). […]

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  • Sanitary Sewer Condition Assessment Results Are Encouraging

    Many of Prein&Newhof’s professionals have been looking inside buried sewer pipes—hundreds of miles of them. It’s not glamourous, but this is how we help communities manage their systems more cost–effectively. Using Stormwater and Wastewater (SAW) Grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) since 2013, P&N has inspected and rated the condition of about […]

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  • 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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