March 2020

COVID-19 Impacts to the MACC

As of March 16, the MACC Office has been closed and our staff are working remotely from home until further notice. Our office voice mail will be monitored infrequently, so e-mail is the best way to get a hold of our staff. Visit our staff directory  if you need an email address.

Until further notice, necessary meetings will be held via conference call or video conference. We may cancel other meetings. All meeting notices and ways to participate will be posted online and on our Facebook pages. If you are part of a specific group or committee at the MACC, the appropriate staff person will notify you directly of changes to any upcoming meetings.

Due to future uncertainties, we made the difficult decision to cancel our summer internships. We greatly appreciate the work that interns have done for us in the past and were saddened to make this decision. We will miss not having interns, all the work that they do for us and the experience we are able to provide them.

At this point, we have not made any decisions regarding planned volunteer activities this spring/summer including river cleanup (May 16), macroinvertebrate monitoring (June 3) and road-stream crossing inventories. We will provide more information about these events at least 2 weeks prior to the currently scheduled dates.

COVID-19 Resources
Ottawa County Department of Public Health
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The MACC Welcome a New Executive Director

The MACC was pleased to welcome Tyler Kent as our new Executive Director on March 1, 2020. Tyler previously worked for the City of Valparaiso in Northwest Indiana for 15 years, many of those years serving as the Planning and Transit Director. During his tenure with the City, he established two transit services; the V-Line, an interurban bus service, and the ChicaGo Dash, an express commuter bus service from Downtown Valparaiso to Downtown Chicago, and was part of the revitalization of the Valparaiso community. A native of Olivet, a small farm community in Mid-Michigan, Tyler grew up on a family farm, raising show and beef cattle, hogs and farming roughly 300 acres.

Tyler graduated from Ferris State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Administration. When not at work, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, Jody and with their two children: Alexander (7) and Eleanor (5).  The Kent family looks forward to exploring West Michigan and all the unique attractions that it has to offer.

Reminder: 2020 Census Response due April 1

The U.S. Census is the official count of all people living in the U.S. and we’ve done it once every 10 years since 1790! You should have already receive a mailed invitation to fill out the census form online, by phone, or by mail. Please take a few minutes to respond by April 1. Your response matters as an under count could mean less benefits for our community and our state

Great Lakes High Water Continues

Unfortunately for those of us living in the Great Lakes, COVID-19 isn’t the only concern on our minds. Great Lakes levels continue to rise and cause problems for shoreline erosion and flooding, including inland flooding due to high groundwater. Below is the most recent Lake Michigan forecast. This shows the range of possible lake levels forecasted out for the next year. While we are currently seeing at or above record lake levels, the dashed red line predicts that levels will start to decrease, but still be above long-term maximum levels (black dashes).

Here are some resources for more information about Great Lakes high water:

If you live in Park Township and have flooding on your property, the Township has empty sand bags available for pick at the north side fire department. You must call first. For more information about how to pick up sand bags and where to get sand, click here.