Flooding season is here; soggy parks can be expected

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — No more sliding cars or shoveling driveways! Winter is finally coming to an end and although there were times of hazardous weather, it has been a very calm winter in Michigan. Now with the change to spring and warmer weather, there has been more rain. As many citizens of DeWitt probably know, during the early months of spring, the Looking Glass River will sometimes flood and have an effect on some of the parks in DeWitt such as the Riverside Park, located at 405 S. Bridge St. and also the Looking Glass Riverside Park located on 3899 W. Herbison Road in DeWitt Township.

Conserving the Looking Glass River, a treasured resource for DeWitt

By Laina Stebbins
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — The Looking Glass River has long been a boon to the city of DeWitt with its scenic views and abundant wildlife, not to mention the added opportunities it offers for activities such as kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Its beauty and bounty does not come effortlessly, however. Resident Bob Bishop served as the communications director of one such local organization, Friends of the Looking Glass Watershed Council, Inc., until his retirement last fall. Friends of the Looking Glass (FLG for short) is a non-profit environmental action group that has been taking initiative to improve the river’s ecological health and water quality since 1990. “The Looking Glass is a really unique, picturesque stream,” said Bishop.

City Council approves drainage improvement project

Connor Clark
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

The environmentally-friendly City of DeWitt, with its extensive parks, trees, and development along the Looking Glass River, now faces an environmental issue of excess flooding. DeWitt’s City Council unanimously approved a street drainage improvement that will replace old inefficient equipment and introduce new pipes and ditches that will help reduce flooding. Per DeWitt City Administrator Dan Coss the drainage improvement project is hoping to begin as soon as next week. There is currently no project end date. The project with be done by Youngstrom Contracting and the amount of the project cannot exceed $50,988.00.