Making the Case for Green Infrastructure
Another Successful Water Festival
Park Township Bus Service
Clean Air Action Days
The MACC, in partnership with the City of Holland, the Ottawa County Water Resources Commissioner, and the Allegan County Drain Commissioner, is hosting a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) seminar at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center on August 22, 2017, 9am-3:30pm. The seminar will focus on how GSI can be included in site designs. There will also be updates on local initiatives and discussions about the drivers and barriers to implementing these practices in our communities.
Beginning on July 31st, MAX Transit will be serving Park Township residents with a demand response service. Reserve-A-Max bus service will provide transport for all age groups including students returning from after-school activities, teens going to/from work, people who might not have a car that day or prefer not to drive, and for individuals in a group home or assisted living. More than 40 people expressed support of public transportation services during an open house last December. Residents were especially excited about expanding options for work and leisure, having more independence, and accessing community services. The meeting was held in Park Township by the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, which is studying transit connections within the region.
“The positive feedback MAX has received about the expanded service has been overwhelming. Park Township residents, as well as our current riders in Holland and Zeeland, have inquired about service in that area for years. We are very pleased that we can finally announce that service is coming!” said Linda LeFebre, MAX Transit Executive Director.
The Reserve-A-MAX Service operates Mon – Fri. 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cost for seniors age 70 and over, individuals with ADA cards and children / young adults ages 5 to 17 is $2 a ride. Cost of adults 18 to 69 is $5 each way. Reservations for rides can be made up to two weeks in advance, but need to be made by 4 p.m. the day before travel. For more information on MAX bus service see www.catchamax.org. For those who would like to use the bus system, but are unsure of how, MAX offers FREE travel training by calling (616) 355-1010.
On days when there is a high potential for ground-level ozone or particulate matter to reach unhealthy levels, meteorologists declare Clean Air Action days. 3 Clean Air Action Days have been called this year: June 10, 11, and 12, 2017. In the map shown below, the air quality index shows levels which are Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups (USG) in orange, and moderate levels in yellow – which may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Enviro Flash is a service that automatically delivers air quality forecasts directly to the public. It provides information so people can adjust their daily activities when poor air conditions are expected. To sign up for notifications and learn when poor air conditions are expected, go to www.michigan.gov/air. Select the EnviroFlash icon and sign up at http://miair.enviroflash.info/
The MACC has a traveling Clean Air Action display and many other informational outreach materials. Contact us to host the Clean Air Action display and receive free outreach materials at your place of business or to learn more about Clean Air Action Days.
The West Michigan Clean Air Coalition recommends the following actions that you can take to help improve air quality while at home, at work, or while on the road:
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