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P&N’s York Creek Drainage Design in Action!

A few years ago, Prein&Newhof helped Plainfield Township, Alpine Township and the Kent County Drain Commissioner address a serious flooding problem at York Creek along Four Mile Road. In general, pervious areas were declining in the watershed. York Creek’s flow is very flashy (responds very quickly to rainfall) because it drains a large, densely developed […]

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MDEQ launches wetland banking grants and loans

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced it will take grant and loan applications for its Wetland Mitigation Banking Fund Program (WMBF) starting on July 1, 2014. The WMBF provides grants and low interest loans to eligible municipalities interested in developing a wetland mitigation bank. The primary purpose of the program is to promote the […]

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Brownfield Money: $945,000 cleans up site for New Health-Focused Campus

MDEQ awarded Kalamazoo Valley Community College $945,000 to clean up sites along Portage Creek, making way for its new Health Focused Campus. P&N helped KVCC with all the paperwork to make this grant a reality. Contaminated sites are usually a major roadblock in redeveloping urban areas, and KVCC worked with the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield […]

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Whitehall’s green street featured in MML Review

The May/June issue of the MML Review features Whitehall’s Lake Street (the green road) on pages 8-10. Here’s an excerpt! Indeed, the real genius of the project lies in the low-impact design created by Prein&Newhof. Rather than imposing on the landscape a series of artificial constructs to perform the filtering functions, these innovative engineers looked […]

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Designing low-maintenance trails

When I started designing non-motorized trails in the Holland area about 16 years ago, trail development was still in its infancy. Since then, I have designed or managed construction of about 150 miles of trails. As your community’s trail system develops, maintenance becomes a real concern. Here are 13 of my favorite maintenance-minimizing trail design […]

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EPA Updates Federal Funding Catalog

For all your federal funding questions, the EPA has updated its catalog for fiscal year 2014. It’s a searchable tool that narrows down to the opportunities that match your situation. Check it out!

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Is this the future for local road funding?

By Jim Hegarty, PE I drive nearly 30,000 miles every year for my job, so I’ve gotten to see a lot of Michigan. Whenever I stop for gas or an iced tea, I like to scan the newspaper headlines to see what’s going on locally. Last week, I happened upon the Williamston Enterprise with the […]

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Money available for Muskegon River Watershed projects

What: Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund How much: Up to $50,000 annually, but typical grants are in the $5,000 to $20,000 range. For Whom: Any agency with a project supporting conservation, enhancement, and restoration of the Muskegon River Watershed waters and natural resources. From Whom: Great Spring Waters of America, Inc. When and How: July […]

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Pavement Management shows promise as pothole fix

by Connie Houk, PE Car repair shops love potholes! The rest of us, not so much. So, how do we prevent them? The answer is simple. If there is no water trapped under the road bed to freeze, there are no potholes. The solution, however, is a complex mixture of design, materials, maintenance and management […]

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P&N mobilizes SAW team

Prein&Newhof field crews began work last week on asset management projects funded through MDEQ’s SAW (Stormwater and Wastewater) grant program. MDEQ awarded $77 million to Michigan communities this Spring to begin the process of developing infrastructure asset management plans. Another $353 million will be awarded in future years. The first step in an infrastructure asset […]

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Winning Non-motorized Trail Grants: How to Up the Odds

By Scott Post, PE In my last post, I talked about where to find money for a non-motorized trail project. Here are nine ways you can help your project compete for grants: Have a written Recreation Plan, and designate non-motorized trails as your #1 priority. Commit as high a matching fund percentage as possible. Put […]

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P&N Engineer wins MSPE Engineer of the Year

P&N congratulates Chris Cruickshank, P.E., who was named Engineer of the Year by the Western Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. Chris specializes in Environmental, Geotechnical, and Structural engineering at Prein&Newhof, where he has worked for 8 years and currently serves as corporate secretary. He is the team leader of the Geotechnical, Environmental, Structural, […]

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Seven ideas for funding non-motorized trails

By Scott Post, PE Whenever I meet with a new non-motorized trails group or client, one of the first questions I am asked is, “Where can we get grants to pay for our trail?” If your group or community is planning a non-motorized trail, check out my seven favorite trail funding sources: Michigan’s Natural Resources […]

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Buchanan’s McCoy Creek Restoration wins ASCE SW Branch “Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award”

The American Society of Civil Engineers Southwest Michigan Branch has honored the City of Buchanan with its “Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award” for the McCoy Creek Restoration Project. Congratulations to the City of Buchanan! This was a great project that we wrote about last summer, but here’s a summary: The McCoy Creek Restoration Project in […]

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Ludington State Park wins ASCE Quality of Life Award

The West Michigan Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers presented Prein&Newhof with the 2014 Quality of Life Award for its work on the Ludington State Park. Congratulations to our project team that was led by Barbara Marczak! Read about the project on our website.

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APWA names Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail its 2013 Project of the Year

The Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) named the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail connecting Ionia and Saranac its “Project of the Year” in the Small Cities/Rural Communities category. Congratulations to the City of Ionia, the Village of Saranac, and P&N Project Manager Scott Post for making this recreation trail a […]

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