Bay County Environmental Affairs 
& Community Development Department
Laura Ogar, Director



Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Suite 501
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5124

Voice 989-895-4135
Fax 989-895-4068
TDD/TTY 989-895-4049

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.

Upcoming Events & Community Programs:

Monday, March 17, 2014 - Great Lakes Shallow Draft Recreational Harbor Stakeholder Meeting:
Bay County Commissioners have worked to set up a local webinar viewing site at the Bay County Building in Bay City for this important meeting put on by the Army Corps of Engineers regarding recreational harbor dredging and the Small harbors Coalition. This viewing site will allow for live participation in the meeting including the opportunity for you to offer input. The meeting will present info as well as take stakeholder input on local concerns . . . meaning this is a very good opportunity to share how low water impacts our communities, businesses and recreational opportunities. Also they might be interested in hearing your views on the need for the compensation works for the St. Clair River. The webinar will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bay County Commission Chambers located on the 4th Floor of the Bay County Building, 515 Center Avenue, Bay City, Michigan 48708. You do not need to sign up for this meeting.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - City of Bay City Earth Day Celebration:
The City of Bay City will be having their Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Earth Day Events include:
The 20th Annual Ed Golson Compost Event
The 20th Annual Ed Golson Compost Event will be taking place at Veterans Memorial Park starting at 8:00 a.m. – til compost gone, and; Clean Up Bay City!
Sponsored by the Mayor and Citizen District Council Members this event will run from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. opportunities abound for residents to recycle and reduce their excess bulk trash. Dumpsters will be placed on both the west and east side of the river at the following two locations: Fisher St. Parking Lot (Corner of Walnut & Fisher) and Bay City Electric - 900 South Water Street.

23rd Michigander Bike Tour - True North Tour:
This year the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance True North bike tour loops riders through Reed City, Mesick, Frankfort, Leland, Traverse City and Cadillac. Rated as one of the top bicycle tours in the U.S., the two-, six- or seven-day tours take place July 12-18, 2014.  Click HERE to view the event flyer.

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.

2013 Women's History Month Special Speakers Series:
In celebration of Women's History Month, a special speaker series will be taking place at the Jack and Alice Wirt Library Community Room.  For more information on the dates and times, pleace check out the EVENT FLYER.   

Maps of Interest:

Bing Map Link for Birds Eye Viewer of Bay City State Recreation Area 

Shoreline Viewer Website Birds Eye Viewer of the Upper Peninsula


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.

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 The General Permit is available for viewing by clicking HERE. 

In The News:

MLive:  Farmers in Saginaw Bay Region focused on water quality, not animal waste with recent $550,000 federal funding program (July 6, 2011)
Midland Daily News:  Saginaw Bay Part of Preservation-Conservation Effort (July 5, 2011)
MLive:  Update:  $550,000 in federal conservation funds announced to help preserve Saginaw Bay Watershed (July 5, 2011)
Great Lakes Echo: Local governments search for funds to fix failing septic systems (June 28, 2011)


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. 

The next meeting will be held on
Thursday, September 19, 2013 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.

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. 

Wind Energy

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



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