Spring into Action to Help Protect the Saginaw Bay!
It's spring and as thoughts turn to outdoor activities, we need to remember that we can all do our part to help protect the Saginaw Bay! Please click HERE to find out ways you can make a difference.
Survey on Beach Muck:
Bay County received an email containing a survey on ‘beach muck’ at the Bay City State Recreation Area. It's important to have input from as many people as possible in order to get feedback to state and federal agencies who might help us address this local issue. Please consider taking the survey on beach muck. Survey responses are completely confidential and it should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below to complete the online survey:
Link to Survey on Beach Muck: https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4HPWzuv9tx19MgJ
Upcoming Events & Community Programs:
Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program:
Yellow Jug Old Drugs is a program operated by Great Lakes Clean Water Organization to collect and properly dispose of unwanted/unused drugs in a safe and approved manner to help keep our water clean. Individuals bring in unused/unwanted/expired drugs to their local pharmacy for proper disposal. The Yellow Jug Old Drugs containers and contents are picked up at pharmacies and are then transported to a Waste-to-Energy facility for secure and assured destruction. Click HERE to find a participating pharmacy in your area.
Dispose My Meds:
Dispose My Meds is an online resource to help you to find medication disposal programs at the local independent community pharmacy near you. More than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and streams throughout the world. Pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and there is genuine concern that these compounds, in the small concentrations that they're at, could be causing impacts to human health or to aquatic organisms.
Maps of Interest:
The Great Lakes Shoreviewer provides professional color photography of every inch of coastline (and many islands) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron). Each coastline photo also has a series of maps showing important natural features for planning and protection efforts.
Bing Map Link for Birds Eye Viewer of Bay City State Recreation Area
Shoreline Viewer Website Birds Eye Viewer of the Upper Peninsula
Aerial Treatment of Phragmites Along Saginaw Bay Shoreline:
Aerial spraying to control the invasive plant Phragmites, is set to take place one time during the period between September 15, 2011 and October 15, 2011 along the Saginaw Bay shoreline adjacent to Bay County’s Pinconning Park and Fraser Township’s Linwood Scenic Park, at the east end of Linwood Road. The exact date is unknown at this time as aerial spray treatment is weather dependant, with favorable conditions of light winds with moderate humidity. The aerial treatment will be done by helicopter as this was determined to be the most effective method to reach the shoreline area and can target stands of phragmites only. An herbicide mixture of the products Habitat (Imazapyr), and Aqua Pro (glyphosate) a surfactant will be used to treat only those areas of Pinconning Park and Linwood Scenic Park area that have dense stands of phragmites. This mixture is specially formulated to be targeted to plants and safe for use in aquatic ecosystems near waterways. There will be a 24 hour water use restriction at the treatment area, so signs will be posted against swimming and/or wading at the site. Bay County Environmental Affairs and Community Development received a grant for phragmites treatment at the Pinconning Park location from the US Fish and Wildlife agency. Please note that a separate but similar spray application will be done about the same time at the Nayanguing Point area by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Any questions should be directed to Laura Ogar, Director of the Bay County Environmental Affairs and Community Development Department 989-895-41356 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The General Permit is available for viewing by clicking HERE.
Δ Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) Official County Webpage
The Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) holds monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bay County Building, 515 Center Avenue, 2nd Floor Old Commission Chambers, Bay City, Michigan. The SBCI Group will not meet during August and September.
Economic Areas of Interest
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE):
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Δ Wind Energy
Other Environmental Links
Please click here for links to information regarding governmental, educational, recreational and advisory environmental organizations and groups.
Other Areas of Interest
Δ Hazard Mitigation Plan