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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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We’ve redesigned. Check it out!

Our website is new and improved as of Monday – design that responds to your device, an integrated blog, and simpler navigation. We are very excited to unveil this work! A big thanks to Thinkbox Creative for ushering us into the “responsive” world!

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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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Pipe-cam shows flow obstructions by direction drilling

By Mark Prein, PE Directional drilling is a wonderful new pipe installation technology, but smaller pipes can cut through existing, larger pipes like a hot knife through butter during drilling. Not only does this cause a flow obstruction, but when a gas or power line cuts into a pipe, its poses safety issues for cleaning […]

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Morley bridge project improves creek habitat, stops erosion

By Jim Hegarty, PE It’s been five years since P&N designed a new culvert on Two Mile Road where it crosses over Big Creek in the Village of Morley. I stopped by recently to see how some of its design features are working. Morley was delighted with the project because they received a grant from […]

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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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MDOT Transportation Economic Development Fund

The MDOT Office of Economic Development is now taking applications for the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category F – Fiscal Year 2017. Who can apply? Cities, villages, and county road commissions. Make sure your proposed project is on a federal-aid designated route, within federal aid urban areas, and the county has a population of 400,000 […]

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Clinton Ionia Shiawassee Trail Officially Open!

By Scott Post, PE On one of the first truly beautiful spring days, the Friends of the CIS Trail held the official ribbon cutting ceremony opening the trail in St. Johns, April 18. Over 200 people attended the event, many of them arriving by bicycle from Muir, Pewamo, Fowler and Ovid on the organized “Bike […]

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Michigan Blue Economy – We’re Powered by Water

The Michigan Economic Center and GVSU Annis Water Research Institute recently launched Michigan Blue Economy (michiganblueeconomy.org), a report about how water has already powered Michigan’s economy and how it can provide new economic opportunities through business innovations, a global water education/research center, and by recognizing the value of our Great Lakes and the resources and […]

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Study shows Manton Dam removal increased trout population

A recent study authored by the MDNR Fisheries Division and the Conservation Resources Alliance shows removing the Manton Dam in 2011 improved trout habitat and numbers in Manton Creek. Prein&Newhof worked with both entities to study, design and permit the Manton Dam removal. For more information about the Manton Dam removal or to talk about […]

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Grand Rapids – Grand River Flood Walls?

Nice article this week from MLive on how Grand Rapids plans to restore the Grand River while protecting itself from massive flooding using flood walls. The 2013 flood was only a 16-year flood, and it caused the highest downtown water levels in over a century. This will be an interesting challenge!

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P&N client saves $100,000/year in energy costs

PARCC Side CWP blower design named Consumers Energy’s Large Commercial Project of the Year The North Kent Sewer Authority’s PARCC Side Clean Water Plant recently received Consumers Energy’s Large Commercial Project of the Year Award for energy savings. Prein&Newhof designed a blower replacement for its aeration system, using a Sulzer ABS Turbocompressor. PARCC Side expects […]

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Muir Bridge groundbreaking set for January 28 at 10 AM

Officials from the Village of Muir are holding a groundbreaking ceremony for their new $3.5 million bridge on January 28 at 10 AM at their existing bridge over the Maple River.  See the Youtube Video for a summary of this great story below. The Heart of the Matter The Village of Muir needed a new […]

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Looking to remove a dam or replace a bridge?

You might find help for these and other activities with a Sustain Our Great Lakes grant. Sustain Our Great Lakes now has a Request for Proposals available for grant funding for improvements to on-the-ground habitat within the Great Lakes basin. For 2015, an estimated $5-7 million in grants will be awarded in two categories: Stream […]

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Infrastructure Asset Management Plans – Helping communities develop long-term rate structures

By James Hegarty, PE I’m encouraged by Michigan’s state-wide movement toward adopting asset management as a financial planning tool for key infrastructure systems. This article supported my belief that to enjoy the current level of service from our infrastructure into the future, it’s going to cost more money. It’s easy to see the results of […]

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