With its land and waterscapes evolving through the interacting forces of water, geology and climate, Lake Huron and its watershed have been shaped into an area of global ecological significance. Lake Huron is renowned for its beaches, dunes, rugged shorelines, coastal wetlands, diverse river systems, forests and more than 30,000 islands. Conserving this precious resource is important to maintaining its enormous social, recreational and economic benefits.
Our Rivers Today Newsletter – Fall/Winter Newsletter
The Fall/Winter issue of Our Rivers Today newsletter is online at http://semspub.epa.gov/work/05/922947.pdf
In this issue:
- Cleanup Starts at Tittabawassee River Floodplain
- Segment 2 Cleanup Complete; Preparing for Segment 3
- EPA Saginaw Office Changing Hours
- City of Midland Soil Cleanup Nears Completion
New EPA Website Link
EPA is making changes to our website to help you find information faster and easier by taking advantage of best web practices and new technologies. Please update your bookmarks with this website URL: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/tittabawassee-river
Bay County Solid Waste Management Plan
An innovative way to help Bay County businesses save money, create jobs, grow the tax base and green our state! On March 10th, the Bay County Board of Commissioners voted to approve Resolution 2015-45 to officially join the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program. A resolution was previously adopted by the Board of Commissioners on January 21, 2014 with the intent to create a program aimed at sharing opportunities for energy efficiency with local business through the development of a PACE program in Bay County. PACE was created through Act No. 270, Public Acts of Michigan (2010) for the purpose of promoting renewable energy systems and energy efficient improvements for eligible local businesses. Following this, a public hearing was held on the matter on February 11, 2014. The PACE program has identified improvements, renewable energy systems and energy projects within the Bay County PACE district.
The Tri-County Trail Guide
Your guide for non-motorized routes and outdoor fun in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw counties in the state of Michigan!
- The Tri-County Trail Guide is available HERE.
- An interactive guide outlining important trail information and resources available at each trail location is available here.
- Interactive park locator maps detailing various areas of interest along the Tri-county Trails are also available:
This trailways mapping project was made possible by the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) in cooperation with the Bay Area Community Foundation, Midland Area Community Foundation, and Saginaw Community Foundation.
Saginaw Bay Blueways Trail
The Saginaw Bay is the unique feature defining Michigan's mitten and is easily seen and recognized on satellite photos of the Earth.Come see what it looks like up close along the coastal Blueways trail.White sandy beach shorelines small cottages and big houses are interspersed by large natural coastal marsh areas and provide the full variety of a coastal paddling experience.
For more information on the Saginaw Bay Water Trails, please check out the LIAA Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails Website.
Maps of Interest
The Great Lakes Shore viewer 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.
Shoreline and Aquatic Information
Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network
Formore than a decade, the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network has worked tosupport the concepts of sustainable development in the Saginaw Bay Watershed -that interaction between our economy, our communities and the environment.
In2015, WIN and its partners continued to strategically invest in criticalprojects across our region, bringing our historic total to more than $5million, and leveraging more than $11 million. From our support of riverrestoration and nonmotorized trails to investments in pollution prevention andrecreation....2015 was a busy year in support of our mission of regionalsustainability.
Learnmore about WIN - and the projects supported this year - by downloading the2015 Annual Report!
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.
Great Lakes Regional Energy Efficiency, Conservation & Renewable Energy Strategy
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 does not meet during August and September.
Economic Areas of Interest
A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Bay County, Michigan
Whittaker Report - September 2014/Recommendations with 2012 Updates
Environmental Areas of Interest
Farmland Preservation (PDR)
Phosphorus Ban Information
For more information about the Phosphorus Ban, please click HERE.
Department of Energy's Efficency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program:
Bay County LED Energy Efficiency Grant Calculated Savings Table
This table (in PDF Format) is the current cost and calculated grant savings from the Bay County LED Energy Efficiency Grant.
America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative
President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. AGO takes as its premise that lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people – that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
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.
Michigan Green Schools
Michigan Green Schools is a nonprofit agency dedicated to help Michigan Schools with their environmental goals. Michigan Green Schools is a program designed for both public and private schools to help them achieve environmental goals including protecing the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kidnergarten through senior high school.
Recycling & Energy Use
Other: Other Areas of Interest