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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Muskegon Tree Recycling

Muskegon Tree Recycling

MUSKEGON - City tree recycling and pick up takes place from  January 3 through January 20, 2012.

More info can be found at http://www.muskegon-mi.gov/departments/public-works/residential-garbage-pickup-and-recycling/

AWRI to take part in Muskegon River restoration project

Researchers at Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute have been awarded a grant for about $85,000 by the U.S. EPA to help restore portions of the Muskegon River watershed.

The grant, given to AWRI as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, will allow AWRI researchers to create stewardship plans for sensitive areas included in a larger watershed restoration effort.

The larger two-year project will:
— Reforest more than 400 acres of riverbank land;
— Restore 150 acres of streambank using native vegetation;
— Put 150 acres of revegetated land into conservation easements;
— Develop 14 forest stewardship plans;
— Implement proper erosion control in high-priority sites.

The project is expected to prevent 100 tons of sediment, 1,000 pounds of phosphorus, and 6,000 pounds of nitrogen from reaching the Muskegon River, Muskegon Lake Area of Concern, and Lake Michigan each year.

Environmental education building being built in Muskegon

Environmental education building being built in Muskegon

The Education Center will be built directly in front of the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve on Lake Ave. The land is currently used for parking, and it will continue to be. But, the land is NOT owned by the Preserve. The owner graciously lets us use it. Part of the fund raising effort will go to purchasing the land.

The Education Center will house a classroom, laboratory, exhibit are, offices and the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. It will feature the latest technology, allowing the students to interact with others across the globe as well as to “bring in” speakers. The Lab. can also be used by students from the Nature Preserve to further investigate their findings from the Preserve.

Fund Raising Underway

Muskegon County MATS unveils new Compressed Natural Gas Bus

Muskegon County MATS unveils new Compressed Natural Gas Bus

Chairwoman of the Muskegon County Transportation Committee Rillastine Wilkins presided over the unveiling of the MATS (Muskegon Area Transit System) bus on September 27th. The bus features art work from students who submitted their work as part of a contest at Wesley School, Muskegon High School and Three Oaks Public Academy. MATS selected the three urban schools to participate in the contest because they are located within the MATS service area, and many students utilize the MATS service. Some of the local artist were on hand to help unveil the new bus featuring their art work.

The top 6 winning student entries are featured on the new bus and over 40 winning student submissions are displayed on the MATS website http://www.matsbus.com/photo-gallery

The students art reflected the theme “This is My Community”, and many of our local landmarks like Muskegon’s Heritage Landing and Pere Marquette Park were used in their art entries.