The Red Cedar flooded over 300 homes, said the City of Lansing, and the damage caused by the flood demands reconstruction. On Feb. 22 the Red Cedar River flooded as rain poured down for multiple days, and large amounts of snow melted into the river. The precipitation and snowmelt caused over 10 inches of flooding in neighboring areas of the river. To help residents, the Meridian Township board has elected to waive the building permit fees for homes largely affected by flood damage.
Unattended pet waste across Meridian Township is posing problems for the community, and not just because it’s an eyesore. With all of the melting snow, the animal waste left behind by pet owners is draining its way into the township’s storm water system, creating an environmental hazard. Thomas Voice, a Michigan State University professor within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said that the issue is a common occurrence that many cities face with the change of seasons. “In those first spring thaws, a huge amount of the pollutants that build up over the winter flush into the river and it typically has a significant impact,” he said. “Pet waste is fecal material and there’s certainly the possibility of diseases being transferred this way.”
Voice said that because Meridian Township’s drinking water supply comes from a system of deep wells separate from the storm water system, there is an unlikely chance that the township’s drinking water supply is harmed.
Builders have started unclogging a log-jammed section of the Red Cedar River in Williamstown Township as part of a construction project in Lansing. The Board of Trustees approved the wetlands project in a 4-1 vote on Feb. 10, ensuring that the complex of hotel, residential and retail planned for Clippert Street and Michigan Avenue can go forward. The law requires builders who disrupt a floodplain in one area — which is happening with the Lansing project — to improve wetlands in another area, which is where Williamstown comes in. Jason Hockstok is a civil engineer working for Continental Real Estate, the development company paying for the excavation in Williamstown.
By EDITH ZHOU
Capital News Service
LANSING – This year’s fishing season is starting on the wheels of stocking trucks, new regulations and programs to attract more participants. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said its $9 million program is stocking 19 million fish – 370 tons – including eight trout and salmon species and four cool-water species, including walleye and muskellunge. This year, DNR’s fish-stocking vehicles will travel nearly 138,000 miles to more than 700 spots around the state. Christian LeSage, a biologist at DNR’s Fisheries Division, said that overall, locations and species don’t change much from year to year. However, some locations are not always stocked, and new places are added.