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Great Lakes Fishery Trust accepting proposals for Habitat Protection & Restoration

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is now accepting proposals for the Habitat Protection and Restoration grant program. There is up to $500,000 available  for 2017. This Request For Proposals (RFP) is for: Protection, enhancement, and/or restoration of valuable Great Lakes fisheries habitat that supports the rehabilitation of lake trout, lake sturgeon, or other important Great Lakes […]

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Pencils Sharpened for 2017 MATHCOUNTS Local Competitions

On Friday, February 3, local middle school students will compete in the local chapter MATHCOUNTS competitions. Two of P&N’s engineers Jim Kirkwood, PE and Tom Wheat, PE are coordinating these competitions on behalf of their MSPE (Michigan Society of Professional Engineers) Local Chapters. Jim Kirkwood, MSPE Western Chapter Chairman, is overseeing the MATHCOUNTS competition between 100 students […]

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Federal Loan Options Available for Water Infrastructure Projects

Do you need to borrow $20 million or more for a drinking water, wastewater, or water supply project? You may be eligible to receive credit assistance for your next project through the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. WIFIA is expected to help support approximately $2 billion in total infrastructure investment. Resources […]

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Senator MacGregor, Representative Afendoulis meet with P&N Asset Management team

State of Michigan Senator Peter MacGregor (pictured right) and State Representative Chris Afendoulis (pictured middle) met with key Prein&Newhof engineers and GIS professionals for 90 minutes on Monday, January 16 to review how West Michigan communities are investing their SAW (Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater) grants. MDEQ’s $450 million SAW asset management planning grant program just awarded its fourth round of […]

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Funding Opportunity for Fluoride Equipment Projects

Are you or someone you know looking to replace, upgrade, or install fluoridation equipment? If so, there is an opportunity to team up with a national association and a federal agency to assist with your project. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have collaborated […]

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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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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. Eligible applicants include non–profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal, and local governments. There are three categories being awarded in 2017: Stream and […]

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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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New interchange corrects traffic hazards at Cascade Road and I-96 in Grand Rapids

By Jason Washler, PE The new Cascade Road Diverging Diamond Interchange is a significant improvement to the transportation network in Grand Rapids Township. This project is a great example of how the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is using innovation to improve its road system. Congratulations to all stakeholders (planners, designers, builders, local government and MDOT) on a fantastic project! […]

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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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Governor Snyder‘s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission says $60 billion needed to fix Michigan’s infrastructure

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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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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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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Study: 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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