UPDATE
Est. 1970 . . . Thinking globally, acting locally, planning regionally.
 

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission is a federal and state designated regional planning and development agency serving 120 local governments in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.

WMSRDC is also responsible for the management and administration of the homeland security program for the counties of Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa.

WMSRDC is also the planning agency for the metropolitan transportation planning (MPO) program for Muskegon and Northern Ottawa Counties.

James Maike, Chairperson    
Newaygo County Commissioner

Sandeep Dey, Executive Director

Amy Haack, Editor

October 2012

map logoMuskegon Area-wide Plan Community Forums: We Want to Hear From You!

WMSRDC, with assistance from the Muskegon Area-wide Plan (MAP) Advisory Committee, is hosting community forums for the MAP Update.  The upcoming forums will be an opportunity for all interested to provide input regarding the future direction of Muskegon County.  There will be a total of five forums held covering the following topics:  Land Use & Growth, Natural Resources & Environment, Economy & Jobs, Infrastructure, and Quality of Life. Please join us for one, two, or all five. Details here.

 

Homeland Security

The Michigan Department of State Police (MSP) has awarded a Fiscal Year  2012 Homeland Security grant, through WMSRDC, to the Region 6 Homeland Security Planning Board in the amount of $951,340. This grant, along with the FY 2011 grant in the amount of $1,874,748, will be administered concurrently from May 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. WMSRDC is responsible for the management and administration of the homeland security program. For more information regarding the homeland security program in West Michigan, go to the  WMSRDC website at wmsrdc.org.

Fiscal Year 2013 Budget and Work Program Approved

WMSRDC, at its regular meeting on September 10, 2012, approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget and Work Program in the amount of $7,397,308. The proposed work program continues Commission programs in economic development, homeland security, transportation planning, environmental planning, local government services and other special projects. To learn more about WMSRDC's programs, go to the WMSRDC website at wmsrdc.org.

WMSRDC Signed a Contract with a Dog

WMSRDC, in August 2012, became the only regional council in the United States to sign a contract with a dog! Yes, that is true. WMSRDC signed a contract with Environmental Canine Services (ECS) for a project we are involved in. For many years, the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership (MLWP) has collaborated with local state and federal agencies to plan and oversee the cleanup and restoration of the Muskegon Lake watershed. The Ruddiman Creek portion of the watershed has been a focal point of much of that collaboration, and a variety of community partners have been doing their part. The MLWP had the idea that, “if we can restore Ruddiman Creek, we can restore the whole watershed.”

In 2006, a large-scale contaminated sediment cleanup was completed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Simultaneously, a committee comprised of several cities, along with both the drain commission and road commission, worked on best practices to prevent stormwater pollution. In 2011, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and WMSRDC restored fish and wildlife habitat and Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute began a study to determine ways to reduce flashy flows and improve the stream’s biota. But, no one ever thought it would take the expertise of a super sniffer to locate the sources of E.Coli in the urban storm drain system!

In 2012, WMSRDC received a grant from the Great Lakes Commission to identify any remaining sources of sanitary sewer waste that may be entering the storm drain system of Ruddiman Creek. The project is being accomplished in partnership with the City of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights and other MLWP partners. The price tag is under $5,000, far less than the cost of collecting and analyzing the number of water samples it would take to detect locations of human sources of E.Coli. Sable, the highly trained, super sewer-sniffing dog will identify problem areas. Sable’s nose can tell the difference in odor from human waste versus that of other warm blooded animals. ECS has worked on similar projects, with great success, in other Great Lakes communities.