For Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
1 – New research in Saginaw County is looking at how invasive plants can feed farms and power homes.
According to the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, scientists are working at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge this fall to determine if harvesting invasive cattails from the marsh can improve habitat for fish and wildlife.
The harvesting could remove nutrients taken up by the soil. These nutrients, like phosphorus and nitrogen, can lead to water quality problems in the Saginaw Bay and its river systems.
Scientists also are investigating the use of harvested biomass as supplemental fertilizer and energy source.
The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network provided a grant for the project and says the method could be used for other invasive species such as phragmites.
2 – The Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area promotes education, outreach and control activities in 17 counties in the Saginaw Bay watershed.
The group’s Strike Team reports a successful season treating more than 100 sites in the watershed.
The majority of the sites contained invasive phragmites and Japanese knotweed.
All of the sites will be monitored and follow-up treatment will done as necessary.
Many of the sites treated were private lands where the property owner contacted the group directly.
For more information, see the Facebook page for the Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
3 – The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded nearly $97 million to 137 municipalities to assist with costs of planning for sewer system maintenance needs.
The program provides grant assistance for wastewater and stormwater planning, and the testing and demonstration of innovative technology.
Grants in Bay County include about $655,000 to the Bay County Road Commission, $392,000 to Portsmouth Township, $424,000 to Williams Township, $1.2 million to the city of Essexville, $1.7 million to Pinconning and $1 million to Standish.
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