July 2016


 

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Transit Study
Growing Together Farm Tour
Watershed Habitat Assessments

Clean Air Action Days

MACC Receives Funding to Study Regional Transit Access and Connectivity

Improving transportation connections from people’s homes to jobs and community services will be the focus of a new study in the Holland and Zeeland area. MACC staff will evaluate existing transit access and connectivity to other modes of transportation in the region. The project will begin with an inventory of the existing transit service area and bus stop locations, roadways, non-motorized facilities, and surrounding land uses (residential, employment, and community services). The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Ladders of Opportunity program will be used as a guide to evaluate transportation choices in the MACC area.

Working with the Macatawa Area Express Transportation Authority (MAX), MACC staff will also identify future improvements such as expanded transit service areas to locations where population densities would support future transit service; improved connectivity between transit systems, pedestrian facilities, bike routes, and rail; and opportunities to link the regional transportation network to neighboring transit systems. The second phase of the project will identify opportunities to link with adjacent transit systems and with the West Michigan Regional Airport.  If you would like to know more about the study or if you would be interested in receiving project updates, please contact Elisa Hoekwater, Transportation Program Manager (Ehoekwater@the-macc.org).

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Growing Together Farm Tour

A look at on-farm best management practices. Come join us on a bus tour August 3rd from 8am-2pm, meeting at the Outdoor Discovery Center and then traveling to look at local farms and farmers who have implemented cover crops, water management, and other BMP’s. Tour includes a free lunch at the Outdoor Discovery Center.

For more information or to RSVP by July 27, contact Aaron Spicer at the MACC, aspicer@the-macc.org or (616) 395-9411.

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Watershed Habitat Assessments

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The MACC, along with the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, will be completing stream habitat assessments on Friday, July 29, 1-4pm and we would love to have some friends join us! We will meet at Adams Street Landing, form teams and disperse to 6 additional locations throughout the watershed. The habitat assessment looks at and measures the physical components of the stream including the stream bottom, the banks, erosion, and vegetation. No experience is necessary, but we prefer volunteers to be ages 12 and up. Anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The MACC will provide all necessary equipment, but you are welcome to bring your own waders if you have them, or wear water shoes if you don’t mind getting wet (not everyone has to get in the water). We would appreciate your RSVP by 5pm on July 28. Call our office at 395-2688 or email kgoward@the-macc.org.

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Clean Air Action Days

With hot days and a stricter ozone standard now in place nation wide, we’ll likely see more Action Days in West Michigan this summer. The new standard means that it now takes less ozone to issue an advisory.

On these days, the DEQ urges people to avoid refueling vehicles, using gasoline lawn equipment and using charcoal lighter fluid. Some positive steps that you can take include car pooling, biking to work, using public transit (MAX Bus has free rides on Action Days) and delaying or combining errands. Also remember to limit prolonged outdoor exertion, especially if you suffer from Asthma or any other respiratory issues.

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2016: 7 Action Days (May 23, June 10, 11, 19, 25, July 21, 23)
2015: 4 Action Days
2014: 3 Action Days
2013: 2 Action Days