Resources

  • Do you really need an engineer to design your trail?

    Several years ago, I met Fred Meijer at a meeting. Mr. Meijer was well known for his philanthropy, especially in the development of bicycle paths across West Michigan. When he found out that I design these paths, he baitingly asked me, “Why do we need an engineer to design bike paths?” I gave him all […]

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  • Michigan Trails – Extensive Directory

    Ever wonder just how extensive Michigan’s trails are? Google maps just doesn’t cut it when it comes to finding the best recreational, non-motorized paths close to your location. Michigan Trails Magazine and Website partners with the West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition (WMT&GC) and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA). Their website, TrailsMichigan.com, has […]

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  • Funds available to remove dams and replace culverts

    The US Fish & Wildlife Service once again has funds available to help owners remove dams and replace old culverts. The application deadline is November 7, 2014. The National Fish Passage Program provides funds to remove dams and to replace “perched” culverts—those that prohibit upstream fish passage because the culvert bottom is too high for […]

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  • Round Two SAW Grant Recipients Announced

    MDEQ has released the Round Two SAW Grant Recipients List. Those communities highlighted in blue will receive a total of over $91 million in SAW Grants later this fall. Congratulations to all of them!

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  • New Funding Source: Crowdfunding via Patronicity

    We blogged about this in July, and now have more details. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has partnered with Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity to create a Michigan-based crowdfunding platform called Public Spaces Community Places. Residents and businesses in communities can use it to raise money for their own public spaces. The cool thing: […]

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  • P&N’s pipe-cam helps clients stretch their pipe inspection budgets

    Many communities routinely televise the inside of buried pipes before they design a road or street project. If you have a limited budget, you might consider pre-screening pipelines using P&N’s pipe-cam. For a small investment, you can see inside as many as 30 manholes a day for a fraction of the cost of televising, saving […]

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  • New Video of Rail Trail between Saranac and Ionia, Michigan

    We recently re-visited the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail from Saranac to Ionia that opened last year. What a delightful summer experience!  Be sure to check it out!  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-sERYg9IE&w=560&h=315] (Change the video setting to 720p or 1080p [HD] for a clearer video.)

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  • Restore your community’s forestry with Community Forestry Grants Program

    Have you noticed a loss of trees in your community, due to the harsh winter or disease? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has $100,000 available for street/park tree management and planning, urban forestry, Arbor Day celebrations, or urban forestry education/training events through its 2014 Community Forestry Grants Program. Applications are due September 12. Grants […]

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  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Money!

    The EPA has released a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Request for Applications (RFA) for over $20 million of funding in support of the GLRI Action Plan. Full applications are due August 25. The RFA includes the following categories: Invasive Species Control Watershed Management Implementation Sediment Reduction from Priority Watersheds Expected benefits of this program: […]

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  • YouTube video features P&N-designed Greenville Tunnel

    To promote their proposed pedestrian tunnel under M-45 that would complete the Fred Meijer Standale Trail, a group in the City of Walker recently released this video featuring footage of Greenville’s award-winning pedestrian tunnel under M-57, which we helped design in 2010. It’s pretty cool…check it out!  For more information on Greenville’s tunnel, click here.

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