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Water Fluoridation Grants Announced

If you do not fluoridate your water, or if your fluoridation equipment needs replacement, you should look at this grant opportunity. Michigan’s 2013 Community Water Fluoridation Equipment Grant webinar is scheduled for November 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.   The webinar will discuss the benefits of fluoridation, identify strategies to complete the RFP, review […]

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Downtown Infrastructure Grants announced for Low to Moderate Income Communities

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will accept grant applications until December 21, 2012 for grants of up to $750,000 to low- to moderate income communities for downtown infrastructure improvements. Eligible projects include parking lots, streetscapes, sidewalks, sewer, water and storm pipelines among others. Qualifying communities and designated eligible areas are listed here. The grant application […]

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Brrr! A cold but exciting ribbon-cutting for Whitehall’s Lake Street

Michigan’s first green street opened today with a ribbon cutting on Lake Street in Whitehall, Michigan. Lake Street features bioswales, detention zones, native plants, filter strips, and permeable pavers all used to treat the storm water as many times as possible before it enters White Lake. An innovative project that illustrates Michigan’s strides towards a […]

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Ford Airport hires de-icing designer Prein&Newhof

Ford Airport hires de-icing designer Prein&Newhof to help design a system that effectively manages the de-icing water that is used on the planes during winter. We are grateful to be a part of this project! http://ow.ly/eWdeN

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Progress on Michigan’s first green road

How exciting is this?  Jim Hegarty caught the permeable pavers being installed on Whitehall’s Lake Street.

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Prein&Newhof’s Kevin Gritters named ASCE West MI Branch President

The American Society of Civil Engineers is a national organization with a Michigan section and West Michigan branch. Kevin Gritters, bringing his seven years of experience in civil engineering with Prein&Newhof,  has been named president of the West Michigan branch. Congratulations Kevin!

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Lifelong Learning at Calvin – Water

Tom Newhof has been speaking at Calvin College weekly in a series about Water for the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL). His talks tackle the relevant issues of Great Lakes health, water conservation, water quality, stormwater, and water treatment and come from his 52 years of experience as an engineer specializing in water. His […]

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Dam Removal Grants Available

MDNR has announced that $2.35 million in grants will be available to remove dams. Applications are due December 5, 2012. P&N has four successful dam removals and several dam removal studies to its credit. Here are some of them. If you are interested in pursuing one of these grants, contact Jim Hegarty.

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How to use ArcGIS Explorer as a data resource

Sometimes it’s useful to be able to map data. That’s why we have Geographic Information Systems, a powerful relational database and information mapping program that takes some training to use and understand. Luckily for us, ArcGIS offers access maps and mapped data online, on an interface as easy-to-use as Google. ArcGIS Explorer  allows you to […]

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ASCE Michigan Section Elects Daniel Lewis as New President

The ASCE Michigan Section has selected Daniel G. Lewis, PE, as its 2012-2013 President. Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 144,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE is the preeminent organization representing the civil engineering profession. ASCE facilitates the […]

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Low Impact Development

Click below to view a snazzy introduction to Low Impact Development (LID) as it relates to stormwater management. As we’ve said before, stormwater management is an emerging issue in West Michigan as methods and technologies are changing. Stormwater Management Technologies for Low Impact Development on Prezi

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Michigan’s first pervious concrete intersection built in Ionia

[youtube=http://youtu.be/BBJG4rJdnA4] When the City of Ionia re-built Lafayette Street, they replaced two existing asphalt intersections with pervious concrete pavement. This video shows the City’s Vactor Truck emptying 5,000 gallons of water directly on the intersection. The water flows through the pavement, collects in the specially-designed soil below it, and infiltrates and recharges the groundwater. Jason […]

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Grant Advisory from Jason Washler

I met yesterday with three members of EPA Region 5 to review the Lake Street project in Whitehall, and I learned the following: Over half the projects that received money during the first round of funding were in EPA Areas of Concern (AOC).  80% of the projects that received money during the second round of […]

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Federal Highway Administration – Funding Help

Here’s a site from the Federal Highway Administration that provides informational videos and resources to assist those working on FHWA projects, specifically local public agency projects.

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Muir kids raise money for bridge replacement

You don’t need to tell the Village of Muir residents to “quit slackin’ and make it happen.” They need a new bridge over the Twin Rivers for safety, convenience, and economic reasons, and nothing is stopping them from making it happen. The current bridge is over 100 years old, yet is a vital link to […]

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Funding a Stormwater Utility

The Grand Rapids Press ran an article recently about the City’s desire to fund its stormwater program: to create a serious new revenue stream to fund stormwater improvements. At the state level, the proposed HB 5673 promotes grants to communities who want to set up a stormwater utility, which is similar to water and sewer […]

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