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Alternative Stormwater Management Practices that Address the Environmental, Social, and Economic Aspects of Water Resources in Spring Lake Township and Village

Stormwater management is a major issue for municipalities. As   increasing amounts of natural land are converted to impervious   surfaces, water that was once largely absorbed by the soil or   transpired by vegetation is now conveyed from these hard surfaces by   storm drains, pipes, and canals to nearby surface waters. This   stormwater runoff increases both pollutant loads and water   temperatures, which have adverse impacts on water quality and   negative effects on fish and aquatic insects, respectively. The   greater water volume can result in an unstable system with higher   flows, more streambed and bank erosion, and flooding downstream.     Spring Lake Township and the Village of Spring Lake are located in   west Michigan along the shore of Lake Michigan near the mouth of the   Grand River. These municipalities are located in one of the fastest-  growing regions in the upper Midwest. Spring Lake and the Grand River   are already impacted by high levels of phosphorus and potentially-  toxic cyanobacteria blooms, and the nearshore areas of Lake Michigan   are showing signs of impairment from nonpoint source pollution. An   integrated approach is needed to deal with stormwater issues in these   areas given their intimate connections to a number of economically   and recreationally important aquatic systems.    Although numerous studies have been conducted addressing stormwater   impacts, considerable obstacles continue to impede progress in   developing and applying effective watershed-based approaches to   managing stormwater. The assessment approach of this study is   designed to address these obstacles through the following objectives:    - Increase Spring Lake area residents' and decisionmakers' general   knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of   stormwater runoff, and how they apply specifically to Spring Lake,   the Grand River, and Lake Michigan  - Increase stakeholder stewardship of the water resources surrounding   Spring Lake Township and the Village of Spring Lake, and in   particular, increase participation in stormwater control and   management  - Identify inconsistencies between state regulations and/or local   ordinances that can improve local stormwater management and control  - Provide a suite of alternative stormwater management Best   Management Practices (BMPs) tailored to Spring Lake Township and the   Village of Spring Lake 

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Alan SteinmanPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 9 projects
Sterrett Isely ElaineResearcher
Associated with 3 projects
Michigan Sea Grant $ 0.00USDEstimates

Funding 2 projects for a total of $70,329.00
Scope of Study
Literature / Existing Data
Scale of Phenomena
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Michigan
State Province
Annex Numbers
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
Research & Development
Annex 17
Control technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial effluents/emissions
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Pollution from Non-Point Sources
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Control technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial effluents/emissions

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