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Volunteer Opportunity: Muskegon Lake Cleanup, Saturday, September 26

Ready to volunteer outdoors this Saturday? Please join us for the re-scheduled, annual “spring” cleanup, this fall!
Saturday, September 26 – Meet up at 8 am, outdoors at the “Depot” Muskegon CVB, 610 W. Western Ave.
No need to register in advance. Details are in the poster (attached and below):

Upcoming Virtual Outreach Events Hosted by US Army Corps of Engineers RE: High Water and Shoreline Protection

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Detroit District Regulatory Office would like to invite you to our upcoming virtual outreach events. You are welcome to attend either event or both. The first event, “Special Topics: High Water – Shoreline Protection & Permitting” will focus on shoreline erosion and shoreline protection projects. The Corps Great Lakes Hydraulics & Hydrology Office will discuss current water levels in the context of water levels over the last 100 years, factors that influence water levels on the Great Lakes, and the Corps water level forecast. The Detroit District Regulatory Office and Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will each provide a brief overview of their Regulatory Programs, with a focus on shoreline protection projects and permit requirements. The second event, “Shore Protection-The Complete Permit Application” will focus on the specific information needed to submit a complete permit application package, common errors, and frequently missed pieces of information.

Special Topics:
High Water – Shoreline Protection and Permitting
Thursday, September 10, 2020, 6:00pm-7:30pm
RSVP to receive webinar link which will be sent the morning of September 10th.

Shore Protection – The Complete Permit Application
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 10:00am-11:30am
RSVP to receive webinar link which will be sent the afternoon of the 14th.

We encourage shoreline property owners, contractors, consultants, municipalities, and anyone with an interest in shoreline processes and shore protection projects along the Great Lakes and other navigable waters to attend these events. These are free, live, virtual events, but space is limited. Please direct your RSVP and any questions by e-mail to LRE_Reg_Outreach@usace.army.mil. You can RSVP for either event or both, please let us know in your response.

WMSRDC COVID-19 Response Plan

WMSRDC Covid-19 Response Plan 6.17.20

WMSRDC Office Closed. Staff Working Remotely.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the WMSRDC office will remain closed.  Staff are working remotely and are available via email and phone.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Kuhn, Executive Director or the WMSRDC staff member you normally work with.

Stay safe and healthy.

COVID-19 Heat Map for WMSRDC Region

Click here for the COVID 19 Heat Map for the WMSRDC Region

Read the latest WMSRDC Newsletter Here

Read the latest WMSRDC newsletter here.

WMSRDC is Almost the Big 5-0!

More information to come!

 

 

Read the 2019 WMSRDC Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

MDOT Transportation Alternatives Program and Safe Routes to School 2019 Accomplishments

Long Range Transportation Plan Under Development

Long Range Transportation Plan Being Developed 

The West Michigan Metropolitan Transportation Planning Program (WestPlan) is pleased to announce that we have begun developing the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for Muskegon and Northern Ottawa Counties. The 2045 LRTP is a federally mandated document that provides for a multi-jurisdictional, multi-year look at the future transportation network of Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County. The plan is used as a guide for investment of public funds that include capital improvements to the highway and transit transportation system within the area. Technical modeling and analysis of the current transportation system provides a guide to plan for future deficiencies of the network. One of the goals of the plan is to address these deficiencies with projects that will allow the network to run more efficiently. The plan also includes local, state, and federal transportation goals and objectives to guide transportation plans and projects. The plan must be financially constrained, and must adhere to other federal requirements such as performance based planning, air quality conformity, environmental mitigation, environmental justice, and public involvement.

WestPlan will keep the public informed during the development of the LRTP, which is expected to be completed by April of 2020, and offer numerous opportunities for area residents to get involved in the planning process or provide input. WestPlan will send email updates to the Interested Citizen/Agency Group and host public meetings to get community and stakeholder feedback. To join the mailing list or submit a comment, please send email to ahaack@wmsrdc.org or call (231) 722-7878 x 19. The public is encouraged to submit comments in person, online, over the phone, or by mail, at any time during the development of the LRTP.

New FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Go to the New 2020-2023 TIP page

State of Michigan EGLE Pollution Emergency Alerting Systems (PEAS) Hotline: 800-292-4706

Who Ya Gonna Call?
If reporting an environmental emergency, spill or release involving water, groundwater, wetlands, oil, land or air, please contact the PEAS Hotline immediately (24/7): State of Michigan EGLE Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) Hotline: 800-292-4706
Many incidents also warrant reporting to the federal National Response Center which serves the U.S. EPA and the U. S. Coast Guard: Federal NRC hotline: 800-424-8802

Watch the Short Film Here: Muskegon Lake – Back from the Brink

The Muskegon Lake Watershed is in transition.  As a soon to be delisted Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC), all of the major contamination clean ups and large-scale habitat restoration projects have been completed, or will be, over the coming year.

The Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership and WMSRDC have developed the Muskegon Lake Action Plan, a plan to ensure ongoing stewardship of the restored resources into the future.  The action plan outlines goals and objectives that will keep the lake healthy.  It provides a framework for the continued stewardship and involvement of local communities, state and federal partners, non-governmental organizations, schools and businesses.

Back from the Brink: a Muskegon Lake Film

MDOT Fast Facts 2019

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MDOT_fastfacts02-2011_345554_7.pdf

WMSRDC Receives Award for 21st Century Asset Management Pilot Project

Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council Honors the 21st Century Asset Management Pilot Project with 2018 TAMC Organization Award

Watch a video about regional development organizations like WMSRDC “Leading the Way on Resilience”

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.

Watch video here.

MDEQ Clean Water Infrastructure Funding

Funding Opportunities
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.
www.michigan.gov/cleanwaterrevolvingfund
www.michigan.gov/drinkingwaterrevolvingfund

WMSRDC Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

WMSRDC Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
SNAP and FDPIR State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following
Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights
regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions
participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation
for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information
(e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State
or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech
disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally,
program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination
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