Transportation conformity provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) make a determination that the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and projects conform to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and regional emissions will not negatively impact the region’s ability to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Conformity to the SIP means that the region’s LRTPs and TIPs 1) will not cause any new violations of the NAAQS; 2) will not increase the frequency or severity of existing violation; and 3) will not delay attaining the NAAQS. A demonstration is conducted by comparing emissions estimates generated from implementation of LRTPs and TIPs for analysis years to the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) contained in the maintenance SIP.
The purpose of this report is to document the process and findings of the transportation conformity analysis for the nonattainment/conformity area. Part of Muskegon County is a nonattainment area for the 2015 ozone NAAQS and the whole county is a conformity area for the 1997 ozone NAAQS. The larger conformity area will be used as the analysis area for both standards, and hereafter referred to as the Muskegon County nonattainment area. The MPO within the boundary is part of the West Michigan Metropolitan Transportation Planning Program (WestPlan).
Findings of the transportation conformity analysis are for projects within Muskegon County
WestPlan 2040 LRTP, and
WestPlan 2017-20 TIP.
Transportation conformity provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) make a determination that the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and projects conform to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and regional emissions will not negatively impact the region’s ability to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Conformity to the SIP means that the region’s LRTPs and TIPs; 1) will not cause any new violations of the NAAQS; 2) will not increase the frequency or severity of existing violation; and 3) will not delay attaining the NAAQS. A demonstration is conducted by comparing emissions estimates generated from implementation of LRTPs and TIPs for analysis years to the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) contained in the maintenance SIP.
The purpose of this report is to document the process and findings of the transportation conformity analysis for the conformity area. The conformity area consists of two counties: Kent and Ottawa. Within the boundary is the MPO of Grand Valley Metro Council (GVMC), parts of the West Michigan Metropolitan Transportation Planning Program (WestPlan) and Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC), as well as the rural projects contained in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
Registration is open for the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership 2019 Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Course.
Registration is open for the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership 2019 Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Course. This course, held March 5/6, 2019 in East Lansing, MI, followed by a June 5, 2016 field day in Paw Paw, MI, is designed to teach engineers, landscape architects, contractors, or other professionals the skills needed to design and implement bioengineering and natural shoreline restoration techniques on inland lakes.
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Classroom instruction includes topics on:
- Michigan lakes and problems with shoreline development
- Characteristics and benefits of natural shorelines
- Shoreline ecosystems, soils and native plants
- Methods, techniques and design of bioengineered shoreline erosion control
- Designing, monitoring and maintaining a natural shoreline landscape
- Natural shoreline case studies
- Water law and shoreline development permits
PLUS a one-day field exercise installing a natural shoreline landscape on an inland lake property
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- You will receive in-depth training on the State of Michigan’s permit requirements and process for soft shoreline construction
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The NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) has released a short, animated video that highlights the multiple roles that regional development organizations (RDOs), like WMSRDC, play in fostering and strengthening resilience in their regions. Because no part of the country is immune from shocks and disruptions, RDOs, like WMSRDC, everywhere have the responsibility to step up and be agents of resilience in their communities and regions. Often, this work is “behind the scenes,” such as collecting and analyzing regional data, bringing together key stakeholders to plan, and accessing funding to support projects and initiatives.
WMSRDC is a partner in the new habitat restoration to be completed under the new NOAA/Great Lakes Commission Regional Partnership
WMSRDC is a partner in the new habitat restoration to be completed under the new NOAA/Great Lakes Commission Regional Partnership
WMSRDC is currently designing the restoration of 53 acres of wetland on the Lower Muskegon River, with support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and a grant through the NOAA/Great Lakes Commission Regional Partnership. The new funding is for construction of the project in 2017. WMSRDC and project partners will restore wetlands, remove unnatural fill material, perform monitoring and reconnect the river to its former, natural floodplain. For many years, this site was a celery farm owned and operated by the Bosma family. It was recently purchased by Muskegon County under a NOAA acquisition grant.
Below is the press release regarding the grant issued by the Great Lakes Commission.
For immediate release: August 10, 2016
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Great Lakes Commission awarded $7.9 million to restore Muskegon Lake as part of $40 million regional partnership
Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) announced today it has received $7.9 million to restore Michigan’s Muskegon Lake, as part of a new $40 million regional partnership the GLC is leading to clean up several Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The work funded will likely be the final habitat restoration project necessary for formal removal of Muskegon Lake from the list of Areas of Concern, the worst “toxic hotspots” in the region.
“We are proud to receive this recognition of our longstanding commitment to restoring toxic hotspots across the Great Lakes and excited to continue the work of restoring Muskegon Lake,” said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. “This is the third regional partnership the Great Lakes Commission has been awarded since 2008, with over $70 million being directed to key sites across the basin. We look forward to continuing this critical work in collaboration with our federal and local partners.”
Funding for the Lower Muskegon River Hydrological Reconnection and Wetland Restoration Project is being provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to the GLC, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project will reconnect former wetlands with the Muskegon River and restore fish passage and habitat for a variety of native fish and wildlife. It is anticipated that restoration will involve the removal of three dikes (4,361 feet) composed of artificial fill, including broken concrete, soil and tree stumps. Local implementation will be led by the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. The project is expected to increase tourism and enhance the Muskegon Lake fishery, which is estimated to contribute $1.3 million annually to the local economy.
“From fishing and boating to tourism and shipping, Michigan’s Great Lakes and waterways drive our economy,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is vital to protecting our precious water resources, and this funding will help restore critical habitat for fish and other wildlife and boost West Michigan’s economy with increased outdoor recreation opportunities.”
“Protecting our Great Lakes is so important to our way of life and our economy in Michigan,” said U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. “Today’s investment will help us continue the cleanup and restoration of Muskegon Lake while keeping our waterways and wildlife habitats safe.”
“Our way of life in West Michigan is forever linked to the careful preservation of the Great Lakes. Programs that invest in the economic and environmental health of these treasured resources, such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, are showing real and measureable results and are something I am proud to continue to fight for,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI-02). “With White Lake officially delisted as an area of concern, I am encouraged and delighted to see the Great Lakes Commission collaborating with NOAA, as well as, state and local partners to address the remaining areas of concern across the Great Lakes region, beginning with Muskegon Lake. Restoring these sites will enhance recreational activities, expand economic opportunity, and build a stronger and more environmentally sound Muskegon County. In order to successfully preserve and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem for future generations, we must have continued engagement from stakeholders at every level. I look forward to being part of that discussion, and part of the solution.”
Muskegon Lake was designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern in 1985 due to ecological problems caused by industrial discharges, shoreline alterations and the filling of open water and coastal wetlands. Since 1992, community groups, governmental and nongovernmental organizations have worked collaboratively to remediate contaminated sediments and to restore and protect fish and wildlife species and their habitats.
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MDEQ Clean Water Infrastructure Funding
State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF)
The SRF and DWRF provide communities with low-interest loans for planning, design and construction of wastewater, nonpoint source pollution control and drinking water system projects.
Interest rates range between 2 to 3 percent
Project plans are due by May 1st (drinking water) or July 1st (wastewater and nonpoint source)
Note – Projects can include green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative activities.
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