January 2017

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FY2017 Program Sees $10 Million Investment
Macatawa Watershed Meeting
Save the Dates!

FY2017 Program Sees $10 Million Investment

MACC Area Receives $33 Million in Federal Funds for TransportationIn 2017 there will be 19 road, transit and nonmotorized projects receiving federal funding in the MACC area.  A few of these projects include:

Emergency Access Road to US 31 – A new access point to US 31 near the Graafschap Road/60th Street overpass will allow first responders much quicker access to incidents on US 31 and I-196.  Federal Funds Awarded: $300,000
Riley Street (State St. – Fairview Ave.) – This 1-mile stretch through the City of Zeeland’s industrial area will be resurfaced.  Federal Funds Awarded: $186,000
Ottawa Beach Road – (144th Ave.-160th Ave.) – The resurfacing of this 2.1-mile stretch was completed back in 2014.  The Ottawa County Road Commission is now receiving their federal funding for this project – a technique we call “advance construct”.  Federal Funds Awarded: $750,000.
160th Avenue Nonmotorized Pathway – (James-Quincy) – A gap in Park Township’s nonmotorized pathway network will be filled with the construction of this 2-mile pathway along 160th Avenue.  Federal Funds Awarded: $400,000

Click to see a list of all the projects in the MACC’s 2017 program that are receiving federal funding. 

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Macatawa Watershed Meeting

All are welcome! The MACC is seeking public input on two current projects at the next meeting of the Macatawa Watershed Advisory Committee that will be held on Thursday, January 26, 1:30-3pm at the Howard Miller Library.

First, the MACC is developing a map that shows where it is suitable to install green stormwater infrastructure. We will share the preliminary results of this mapping project and seek comments to improve and refine the mapping process.
Second, the MACC started a program in 2016 to inventory road-stream crossings in the Macatawa Watershed as part of a MiCorps grant. We will be developing a plan to inventory all of the over 600 crossings in the watershed and we need your help to figure out the best way to do it! Meeting participants will be actively engaged in brainstorming ways to effectively and efficiently conduct the inventories.
Please contact Kelly Goward at kgoward@the-macc.org to RSVP your attendance or if you have any questions.

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Save the Dates!

It’s a new year and you have a new calendar!

Mark you calendars early for these great events. More information to follow as it becomes available.
February 7th: Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore (LSAL) “Where is our Starry Night?”
April 29th: Spring River Cleanup
May 14-20: Green Commute Week
May 23: Water Bug Sampling
July 15: Macatawa Water Festival
August 22: Green infrastructure training event
September 16: Fall River Cleanup

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