Resources

  • 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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  • Dam removals, critical dam maintenance funding application due November 13

    Dam removal and maintenance is a significant issue, as it enhances fishing, reduces infrastructure costs, and makes Michigan safer. “The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced its Dam Management Grant Program is now open for proposals. The fourth year of this grant opportunity will provide $350,000 in fiscal year 2016 to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure […]

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  • Cannon Trail – Now Open!

    As an update to our post from June, Ralph the moose oversees new bridge installation, we’re happy to share the ribbon-cutting video for the opening of the Cannon Trail. The project was a 0.4 mile long, 10’ wide trail curving through Townsend Park. The trail made the completion and tied the Cannon Trail into “downtown” […]

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  • P&N trail engineer Scott Post, PE featured in Rapid Growth Media article

    Almost a year ago, our blog featured an article about the importance of engineering your trail rather than just building it. Rapid Growth Media, a Grand-Rapids area news source focusing on growth, innovation, and economic development, picked up on it and recently interviewed Prein&Newhof’s trail engineer Scott Post. Scott and our landscape architect friend, Jim […]

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  • $4.2M in grants available for watersheds from Clean Michigan Initiative

    Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants Clean Michigan Initiative has $2 million available to fund best management practices in critical areas identified in DEQ-approved watershed management plans.  About $2.2 million is available to fund implementation priorities in DEQ-approved watershed management plans. 25 percent local match required Notices of Intent are due Aug. 12 Get the full RFP […]

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  • Dry Hydrant evaluations can lower rural homeowner insurance rates

    Insurance companies base their homeowner insurance rates on a number of factors, one of which is your Fire Department’s ability to respond quickly and deliver enough water to douse a house fire. In most rural areas, water to fight fires comes from local streams or lakes. Tanker trucks fill up by connecting to a roadside […]

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  • MDEQ accepting Wellhead Protection Grant Applications

    The MDEQ has released the The Wellhead Protection Grant Program application for 2016. These grants require a 50% local match and assist communities in developing and implementing wellhead protection plans in order to protect public water supply systems from groundwater contamination. To win this grant, you will need: 50% local match through local funds, A  […]

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  • Pipe Fail: What to do when your system’s pipe breaks

    By Jim Hegarty, PE I have been called in to look at a fair number of pipe failures over the course of my engineering career. One thing I notice is in the rush to fix the failure, there is often little focus on figuring out why the failure occurred. It is easy to miss clues […]

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  • What do environmental engineers do?

    by P&N Environmental Engineer Barbara Marczak, PE I hear this question often. What is an environmental engineer? What does one do? What does a typical day look like? Environmental engineering focuses on cleaning water and air, and protecting habitat and ecosystems. At Prein&Newhof, our environmental engineers design water and wastewater treatment systems, wells and intakes […]

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  • Grand River project is a game-changer for Grand Rapids

    By Jim Hegarty Last Friday, I got updates on the massive Grand River restoration project in Grand Rapids at two events. At the first event, sponsored by the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW), I saw a graphic of the project, which proposes to restore the Grand River’s 18-ft drop as it winds its […]

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