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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.
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The Michigan Water Strategy is Available for Public Comment
The draft water strategy is built around a 30-year vision for ensuring Michigan’s water resources support healthy ecosystems, residents, communities and economies.
The strategy focuses on the environmental as well as economic value of water. Michigan’s water resources are vitally important for agricultural production, drinking water, electric utilities, mining, manufacturing, and water supply to lakes and streams to support fish and wildlife. Additionally, the strategy focuses on the social and cultural value of water, emphasizing the need to reconnect communities with their waters and to foster a water ethic and culture of stewardship.
A public meeting is scheduled for : Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Location to be confirmed
Key recommendations in the strategy include:
• Preventing the introduction of new aquatic invasive species and controlling established populations
• Supporting investments in commercial and recreational harbors and maritime infrastructure
• Developing a water trails system
• Accelerating water technologies to address critical water problems using an entrepreneurial, business-led initiative
• Establishing a durable water fund to achieve water strategy goals including water infrastructure management
• Achieving a 40 percent reduction to phosphorus in the western Lake Erie basin
To read the strategy and learn more about how it was developed, visit www.michigan.gov/waterstrategy. The DEQ is accepting comments on the draft until August 28.
Comments may be submitted to the DEQ’s Office of the Great Lakes by mail to P.O. Box 30473-7973, Lansing, Michigan 48909, by fax to 517-335-4053, or by email to Mifirstname.lastname@example.org.
- The April/May 2015 WMSRDC Newsletter is Now Available Here and in Hard Copy. Check out these stories:
- WMSRDC Participating in Governor Snyder's Regional Transit Mobility Initiative
- WMSRDC's Kathy Evans to be Inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame
- Spotlight on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
- West Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference August 4 and 5
- Comprehensive Economic Development Plan Update
- Long Range Transportation Plan Public Involvement Open House and Comment Period
- Catastrophic Nuclear Even Exercise Coming to Michigan
- Summer Clean Air Action Season is Here
- Muskegon Lake Vision 2020
- Mason County Community Wildlife Protection Plan