For Friday, June 17, 2016
1 – Planning for a proposed Riverfront Park is progressing in Saginaw.
The Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded a grant to The Nature Conservancy.
The Conservancy is working on a project to develop and implement a community vision for a former General Motors property.
The Conservancy is working with community partners including Saginaw County and Saginaw Future on an open space, recreation and conservation vision for the proposed Riverfront Park.
The conceptual plan includes public access to the river and lake for fishing, multiple trails, and a link to a larger regional vision for trails, open space and recreation lands.
Grant funds will be used for the initial stages of the project and to begin the proposed improvements to Riverfront Park.
2 – Michigan officials have released a 30-year vision for stewardship of the state’s water resources.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has published the first part of Michigan’s Water Strategy, a plan to protect, manage and enhance Michigan’s water resources.
Part I of the Strategy is centered on promoting stewardship through improving water literacy and community engagement, and protecting and preserving Michigan’s water resources.
The final Strategy will focus on five priorities:
- Safe drinking water
- A 40 percent phosphorous reduction in the Western Lake Erie basin
- Preventing the introduction of new invasive species
- Supporting investments in commercial and recreational harbors
- Developing and implementing a Michigan water trails system.
The state is to form a Water Team to involve governments, nongovernmental organizations, industry, academia, local communities and individuals.