Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Awards for Shiawassee River Trail

- The Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail - 
is featured in the ""The Review"" an official magazine
 of the Michigan Municipal League. 
-The magazine acts as a medium for the exchange 
of ideas and information among the officials of 
Michigan cities and villages.
- It has been published continuously, ten times-a-year,
since 1928. It is mailed to over 10,000 elected and 
key appointed officials in Michigan cities and villages 
and pass-along readership is over 40,000

http://www.mml.org/thereview/review-julyaug-2014/


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

17th Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup

Come out and do your part :

17th Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup

Saturday, July 26, 2014 (9 am - Noon)

Promote the Shiawassee River as a recreational asset,
and as the centerpiece to many Shiawassee County communities.
In 2013,approximately 130 volunteers participated,
and two service groups selected sites to clean.

For this year's clean-up event, volunteers will meet
at the Oakland Bridge (behind the baseball fields)
at 9 a.m. on July 26th.

Clean up crews will be directed to multiple locations
along the river from Shiatown Dam to Henderson Park including:

Corunna Dam
McCurdy Park
Oakwood Ave. Bridge
Downtown Owosso
Owosso Amphitheater
Harmon-Partridge Park
Henderson Park

Friends of the Shiawassee River extends our deepest appreciation to our volunteers.

- See more at: http://www.shiawasseeriver.org/river-renewal#sthash.6Z2N2T2a.dpuf
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bridges failing over Shiawassee

Bridges in Genesee County are dying

http://m.tctimes.com/news/genesee-county-bridges-among-worst-in-state/article_92cd929c-fee1-11e3-b172-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=jqm

Friday, May 30, 2014

Shiawassee River Paddle - June 8 - Holly, MI



Shiawassee #River #Paddle - June 8,  

- http://goo.gl/maps/cYCym  - 

Family friendly paddling #canoe or #kayak -

 #HollyMI - #OaklandCounty, #Michigan 



Friday, May 23, 2014

Upgrades in Infrastructure needed

UN-fortunately some local drain systems could not handle
the recent rainfall amounts before the Memorial Day Weekend 2014

There were some glitches, hiccups, overflows, etc.
Sunshine helps kill most forms of ecoli as the river levels drop.
Attempt to paddle upon the water, stay in your boat as much as possible.
If you do go in the river waters, take a shower or bath soon afterwards.
Remember, it's all highly highly diluted with millions of gallons of rainwater.

Infrastructure, underground piping, treatment plant capacity, etc.
all need tax money from federal, state and local communities to operate
in a manner that can handle multiple severe rainstorms in the springtime.
It can't be forgotten, pushed off till next year, again and again.

This news story came out of WLNS a few days ago


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Durand Stormwater Overflow Shiawassee River

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:33 pm

CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department today 
announced the city of Durand wastewater treatment plant 
this week experienced a sanitary sewer overflow.
On Monday, sewage was discharged by the plant 
into the Holly Drain north of the plant near Durand Road. 
 Approximately 143,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater was discharged. 
The Holly Drain flows into the Shiawassee River near Vernon.
Sewage discharged by the Durand Wastewater Treatment Plant 
http://bit.ly/DurandH2O into the Holly Drain north of the plant near Durand Road. 
For further information, contact Steve Mince, 
director of public works for the city of Durand at 288-3113,
Gary Burk, director of Public Utilities for the city of Owosso at 725-0550

or Larry Johnson, director of environmental health, 

Shiawassee County Health Department at 743-2390.

Recent Rains cause River to rise

The river will be high volume this weekend
May 16, 17, 18 in 2014 due to recent rainfall.

Please don't over estimate your skills
- or the power behind moving water in a river.

Each and every gallon of water weighs 8 lbs
With a 100 gallons moving forward
- that is  800 lbs of force hitting your boat/body.

Paddle smart with your head in the game, think before you go,
paddle with a buddy, wear your vest at all times on the water

Water doesn't have to be real deep to cause major problems
- a few feet is plenty to be a problem in a pinned kayak/canoe.



















Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Genesee County's trail map

If you are interested in updating Genesee County's trail map, 
please attend the first of two meetings that are scheduled 
to start the process. 
Both meetings start at 2:30pm at the Mass Transportation Authority offices
on Dort Highway/I-69 interchange in Flint. 
The first meetings is May 13, 2014 and the 
second meeting will be May 22, 2014. 
This is for non-motorized trails, 
and  we need to include
our "Blue Water Trails" along the Shiawassee and Flint rivers.




Monday, April 21, 2014

Shiawassee River Events for 2014

Shiawassee River Events for 2014

May
7 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
14 - Wednesday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30 pm
18 - Sunday - River Cleanup by Headwaters Trails, Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton, meet at 9 am at Water Works Park, expect to go to 2 pm.  See www.headwaterstrailsinc.org for more info.

June

1 - Sunday - River Cleanup by Headwaters Trails, WW Park to Strom Park, meet at 9 am at Water Works Park, expect to go to 2 pm.  See www.headwaterstrailsinc.org for more info.
4 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
8 - Sunday - Headwater Trails - Adventure Paddle - no race this year - Pleasure Paddle from Water Works Park (690 Broad St. Holly, MI) to Strom Park.  Approximately 7 miles by river.  Registration begins at 10 pm, boats launch at Noon.  See www.headwaterstrailsinc.org for more info and registration forms. $10.00 includes return transportation 

with your boat to WaterWorks Park.
12 - Thursday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30
21 - Saturday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Sunrise Breakfast Paddle - 

DNR Boat Launch on Lake Ponemah in Fenton - 5:56 am
21 - City of Linden - Linden Mills Days
21 - Saturday - City of Linden / Argentine Township River Cleanup.
28 - Saturday - City of Fenton - Fenton to Lake Ponemah river cleanup.

July
2 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
13 - Sunday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30 pm
19 - Saturday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Sunrise Breakfast Paddle - DNR Boat Launch, Lake Ponemah in Fenton.

August
6 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
9 - Saturday - City of Linden - Flotilla - Starting downtown Linden and paddle to Spoonz Restaurant on Lake Ponemah.
10 - Sunday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30 pm
16 - Saturday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Sunrise Breakfast Paddle -

DNR Boat Launch on Lake Ponemah in Fenton - 6:40 am

September
3 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
9 - Tuesday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30 pm
28 - Sunday - Headwaters Trails river cleanup from Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton, meet at Water Works Park at 9 am

October
1 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
4 - Saturday - Fall Color Paddle by Headwaters Trails, from Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton.  Registration starts at Noon, boats put in at 1:00.

Moonlight Paddles, organized by the Keepers of the Shiawassee start in the Linden Mill Pond and go to Spoonz Restaurant on Lake Ponemah. Paddles are wet at 6:30 pm.  Join the Keepers of the Shiawassee for the complete trip or meet at the restaurant and paddle back in the moonlight.  Find them on Facebook at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Fenton-area-paddlers/

Saturday morning sunrise paddles organized by the Keepers of the Shiawassee will meet at the DNR Boat Launch on Lake Ponemah and paddle to downtown Linden for breakfast.  Times listed are paddles wet times.

If you are aware of blockages on the Shiawassee River between Water Works Park and Byron, you can report these to Chuck Julian at HeadwatersTrailsInc@gmail.com.  We will try to schedule cleanups to get as many blockages as we can.

The Keepers of The Shiawassee has meetings the 2nd Thursday of each month.  These are normally at the Fenton Community Center from 7 - 9 pm.  In June, July and August the meetings will be on the river and meetings places will be announced at a later date.  You can report river blockages to the Keepers at 810-750-4067.  or contact Debbie McCarty at 810-560-2337 and Maggie Yerman at 810-735-9570, yerantmag@yahoo.com.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shiatown Dam Dismantled in 2014

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 am

SHIAWASSEE TWP. — 
The next step in the removal of the Shiatown dam is starting to take shape.
An engineer is waiting for the water level of the Shiawassee River 
to go down this spring before he completes some survey work, 
according to Tom Cook, president of the Friends of the Shiawassee River. 
The dam is managed by the Michigan Land Bank, but the state asked 
the Friends to help with the removal process after studies revealed safety concerns.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DNR Wetland Wonders program 2014

Something new to do in 2014
Bird lovers can join viewing tours in April and May 
at waterfowl areas managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR's Wetland Wonders program focuses on locations in the southern part of the state.
They include Shiawassee River State Game Area.
Species that might be seen range from diving ducks to 
trumpeter and tundra swans, osprey, bald eagles and sandhill cranes.
DNR biologists and technicians lead the tours.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

River path downtown Owosso to be repaired


 Owosso City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution
for repair of the James Miner Riverwalk, which passes under the
 M-21 bridge alongside the Shiawassee River.
James S. Miner River Walk, nestled along the river is a five mile River Walk, 
beginning in Corunna's McCurdy Park and ending in Owosso's Green Meadows Park. 
It winds and curves along the river and is literally a sightseeing splendor 
passing by dozens of the areas best attractions. 
The new Sam & Opal Voight walkway also wraps along both 
the north and south sides of the river, adding another mile to walk, bike or run.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

FOSR - 2014 speaker series

 Some people may enjoy this on - February 25, 2014 -

Friends of the Shiawassee River  ( F O S R )
Optional dining at the Wrought Iron Grill in OWOSSO
will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation
and discussion about paddling on the Shiawassee River
with Guest Speakers from Keepers of the Shiawassee.
Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome


http://www.shiawasseeriver.org/content/river-talk-speaker-series-february
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Friends of Shiawassee River FOSR

Worth taking a closer look at :
http://www.shiawasseeriver.org/upcoming-events

New Webpage with tons of new contact.
Get involved, share info, experiences, knowledge, etc.

The Shiawassee Watershed Project will kick into high gear in 2014
http://www.shiawasseeriver.org/content/shiawassee-watershed-project

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Friday, November 22, 2013

New APP release Version 1.3

Version 1.3 is now available for "The iShiawassee" APP
at the Apple iTunes Store in time for the holidays of 2013
 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ishiawassee/id639131766?mt=8

a.) enhanced social media capabilities
like Email, Facebook, and Twitter.
b.) proudly displays the Pure Michigan log,
full official endorsement  from MEDC
c.) updated look for The iOS7 Platform
d.) reduced the overall "size" under 60 MB
e.) displayed on Michigan's Water Trail website
 http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/assets.asp?ait=cv&cid=134

Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.























Friday, October 18, 2013

Shiawassee River Watershed and MSU


MSU Grant Awarded to the Friends for Water Quality Enhancement

 http://www.shiawasseeriver.org/content/water-quality-enhancement-project

 http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu/modules.php?name=Pages&op=viewlive&sp_id=672

The Michigan State University Planning and Zoning Center has contracted
Friends of the Shiawassee River to undertake an 18-month, water-quality enhancement project
 for the entire Shiawassee River Watershed, with funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency’s
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program.
The project aims to empower local communities and their governments to address
an array of water quality issues.

Targeted water quality issues might include:
- Assessment of drinking water supplies;
- Evaluation of ecosystem diversity;
- Management of storm-water runoff;
- Identification of methods for flood prevention; and
- Assessing how the river can better support recreational opportunities.

MSU partnered with the Friends for this work because it believes that local conservation organizations,
such as the Friends, have a keen awareness of how to generate action on water quality issues
at the local level - among local government planners, elected officials, and associated agencies.

Project efforts will be launched with the Inaugural Shiawassee River Watershed Summit,
scheduled for October 17th, 2013 at the Baker College of Owosso Welcome Center.
This first step aims to bring many watershed stakeholders together to initiate a dialogue
for water-quality enhancement. MSU staff and the Friends built a stakeholder list of more
 than 800 individuals affiliated with organizations and agencies that can play a lead role
 in the betterment of our watershed. Invitations to the Summit were offered to those on
 the list, in addition to active members of the Friends. At the Summit, stakeholders will be
 introduced to several approaches to watershed management, and given an opportunity
 to network with each other and conservation professionals regarding watershed topics.

Experienced presenters will address the following:
-  Best management practices for promoting water health;
-  Implementation of green infrastructure;
-  Development of ordinance powers;
-  Planning initiatives;
-  Special watershed projects already in place; and
-  Enhancement of recreation and fisheries.

Additionally, MSU staff will be surveying the stakeholders on their perspectives on
water quality and preferred actions in the watershed,
to enable more personalized assistance in the future.
Initial survey results will be reported at the Summit.

Following the Summit, attendees will have access to opportunities for meeting as a watershed,
 and receive updates related to watershed projects. Some assistance might be available
to participating localities seeking water quality enhancement.
Additionally Summit participants will be informed about the development of two projects
 funded by the grant : a small, green infrastructure project; and a larger watershed-enhancement project.

By approaching issues of water quality at a watershed level, the collective impact of localities
 will maximize positive impact on the river’s health.
Remember, what happens upstream, flows downstream.
If we wish to make a significant impact on the cleanliness of our rivers and the beauty of their shorelines,
then we must work together. If you are a local government official, an employee of a locally focused
conservation agency, or an inspired community member, please contact Friends of the Shiawassee River
for more information on the MSU/Friends Partnership and learn what you can do to help.

P.O. Box 402, Owosso, MI 48867
 Ph: 989.723.9062
Email: info@shiawasseeriver.org
Web: ShiawasseeRiver.org
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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Michigan dam info

In Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says
most of the state’s almost 2,400 dams—74 percent of them under private ownership
—“were built decades ago and many have deteriorated due to age, erosion,
poor maintenance, flood damage and poor designs.
Those dams that no longer make sense, that stand in disrepair,
or are not removed are at significant risk of failure,
 particularly during high flow events.”
The state’s Dam Management Program has provided grants for
some dam removal projects, including ones in  
Shiawassee (Shiawassee River) .


Removing dams improves fish migration, improves water quality and habitat,
and enables the distribution of sediments such as silt and sand downstream
as “part of the natural process of rivers,” according to Gerrit Jobsis
of the advocacy group American Rivers.
Removal also reduces the risk to human safety from dams
that may collapse and creates recreational opportunities for anglers and kayakers.

Via -  Eric Freedman 
The director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.
http://greatlakesecho.org/2013/10/07/bigfoot-dams-and-environmental-newsworthiness/ 

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Friday, October 04, 2013

2013 Storm Water Summit

Hoping to see great things come out of (POW) Pure Oakland Water
and the Water Resource Offices as The 2013 Regional StormWater Summit
gets underway today at Lawrence Technological University

 - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pure-Oakland-Water-POW/464126110348905

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=5jb6bgfab&oeidk=a07e7x871p1070864cc&oseq=a0196gnswpiee

- https://www.candgnews.com/news/stormwater-summit-challenges-region-%E2%80%98what%E2%80%99s-coming%E2%80%99

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Help us gather INFO , quickie survey

Looking for feedback, comments, perceptions, ideas, etc.
from paddlers in Michigan - The Shiawassee River is a great
Water Trail starting near Holly,MI -

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/shiawassee

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Official Movie Release "Come Paddle With Us"

- Official movie release - shown to 500+ members Michigan Municipal League Convention
 #MMLCONV downtown Detroit Mariott this week in September 2013





Come Paddle With Us from Hover Shots APV on Vimeo.


The ""Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail"" starts near Holly, Michigan, USA
 and flows 100 miles to Bay City, Michigan, USA.
 
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Detroit exposure of Shiawassee River

About 20 paddlers made it downtown Detroit to the Renaissance Center
on Wednesday Sept. 18 '13 to lend support for the "Come Paddle With Us"
video presentation at the Michigan Municipal League Conference.
-Michigan Municipal League Convention 2013 in Detroit - Day 2, Parade of Flags, Food Trucks Lunch, Education Sessions

Shiawassee River and 2013 MML Detroit

Michigan Municipal League Convention 2013
Opens with Community Excellence Presentations, Parade of Flags
-- September 18, 2013 -- by author Elizabeth Shaw

Welcome to the Michigan Municipal League 2013 Convention in Detroit!

The first day officially began with the Welcome General Session
on Wednesday morning, featuring the ever-popular Parade of Flags
and the welcoming words of League President David Lossing
and Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins,
who described the Convention as
“an opportunity to learn from each other, exchange ideas and build resources”
that will hopefully continue on long after the Convention
as we all work together for a better Michigan.

The long-awaited presentations of the Community Excellence Award nominees.

 Region 1  
Fenton, Holly, & Linden—Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail
The Shiawassee River Heritage Water has seen increased recreational activity
on the Shiawassee River over the last decade through intergovernmental
and public partnership efforts including promotional signs in
Holly, Fenton, Linden, and Argentine and Holly Townships;
mile markers along the river to inform paddlers of their location,
promotional brochures, annual cleanups, canoe and kayak races
from Holly to Fenton, and moonlight paddle events.

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 http://www.mml.org/events/blog/post/League-Convention-2013-Opens-with-Community-Excellence-Presentations-Parade-of-Flags.aspx

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Owosso DDA seeks improvements


Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:15 am
OWOSSO — Council Monday gave its nod of approval to the Downtown Development Authority to seek 
a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that would help redevelop several aspects 
of  the area along the Shiawassee River near the former National Guard armory.

Assistant City Manager and DDA Manager Adam Zettel presented the plan, which would include expanded
parking on Curwood Drive, the demolition and relocation of the Shiawassee Chamber of Commerce 
building on North Water Street, reconfiguration of parking at the armory, additional kayak launches,
a Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee trail head and more if the potential $700,000 Downtown Infrastructure Grant
is received.

With potential matches from DDA ($200,000), the city ($125,000) and others,

 the total project cost could be closer to $1.5 million, Zettel said.


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Saturday, September 07, 2013

2013 Michigan Municipal League in Detroit


























Community Excellence Award finalistsSeptember 18, 2013 - Detroit Marriot

Region 1 - Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail – (Come Paddle With Us ! )
Region 2 - Silver Beach Development (St. Joseph)
Region 3 - Belding Community Garden (Belding)
Region 4 - Community Showcase (DeWitt)
Region 5 - Economic Gardening in Imlay City (Imlay City)
Region 6 - Dancin’ Downtown (Rogers City)
Region 7 - Depot Park (Ironwood)

 http://www.mml.org/events/regional/location.htm

Michigan Municipal Leaders to Descend on Detroit in September 18, 2013:
Hundreds of city, village and township leaders from throughout Michigan
will descend on Detroit for the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Convention.
Registration for League members and non-member is now open for the Sept. 17-20, 2013

Convention taking place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
The last time the event was held in Detroit was 2003.
 It was on Mackinac Island in 2012, Grand Rapids in 2011 and Dearborn in 2010.
At the Convention, officials will learn strategic lessons in placemaking, 

civic engagement, entrepreneurism, urban planning and socioeconomic development
 that can translate to communities of every size.
 There will also be a series of mobile workshops to explore key Detroit sites 

and see the work of the doers and dreamers who are redefining 
what it means to be a city in today’s global village.

 I had a  chance to "preview" a 7 minute video snippet entitled  "Come Paddle with Us!"
which will be submitted to the Michigan Muncipal League's  - Community Excellence Award program

The video is a collaboration of 3 cities - Holly, Fenton and Linden
and the video is their effort at PlaceMaking.
Mayors and council members from all 3 cities are behind this effort
to showcase their world to the rest of Michigan.
The common thread running thru all three - The Shiawassee River


  - http://placemaking.mml.org/ -- https://www.facebook.com/MMLeague

People need to be reminded - the river starts in Oakland County - 

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/ee/8c/96/ee8c96ee17d922ed4924cf5a2d0d292e.jpg

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/75/48/26/7548268e95acd22b92348c4875297f8c.jpg 


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Sunday, August 11, 2013

2013 Flotilla Holly Fenton Linden

On Saturday, August 10, 2013 numerous kayakers from local communities
near the Shiawassee River put-in on the Linden Mill Pond and paddled upstream
 into Lake Ponemah to rally near Spoonz's Restaurant.

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIVaCs2jSQA

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Shiawassee River article in Oakland Press

Jonathan Schechter wrote a great article about the Shiawassee River in the Oakland Press Newspaper









































Saturday, August 10, 2013
Be part of the largest flotilla in southeastern Michigan.
Put in times from Noon-1:30pm on the Linden Mill Pond.
Paddle upstream into Lake Ponemah and rally near Spoonz's Restaurant.
Video taping takes place from 2-3pm.
Shuttle service for vehicle parking is available.
Canoe/Kayaks are available to rent by calling
Heavner's Canoe and Kayak Rental at 248-685-2379.
Additional info at
https://www.facebook.com/events/281282305351726/



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Friday, July 26, 2013

Pedestrian bridge over Shiawassee in Chesaning

Funding complete for Chesaning pedestrian bridge
 
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00 pm
 
CHESANING — It’s been more than four years since the last person walked across the historic foot bridge that once spanned the Shiawassee River, but a three-year fundraising campaign to replace the bridge washed away by an ice floe in 2008 has finally reached its goal.
Wednesday, the Department of Environmental Quality awarded the River Rapids Pedestrian Bridge Committee a $30,000 grant, which brings the group to its more than $400,000 goal to build a new foot bridge.
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Recreational Tresspass in Michigan

DNR and EPA
NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT
(EXCERPT)  Act 451 of 1994
RECREATIONAL TRESPASS

324.73101 Definitions; F to P.
Sec. 73101. As used in this part:
(a) “Farm product” means that term as defined in section 2 of the Michigan right to farm act, 1981 PA 93,
MCL 286.472.
(b) “Farm property” means land used in the production of a farm product and all lands contained.
(c) “Fish” means game fish or nongame fish as those terms are defined in section 48701.
(d) “Fur-bearing animal” means that term as defined in section 43503.
(e) “Game” means that term as defined in section 40103.
(f) “Hunting dog” means a dog allowed to range freely to engage in or aid in hunting on the day the dog
enters the property of another person.
(g) “License” means a hunting, fishing, or fur harvester's license or, in the discretion of the court, any
combination of such licenses. License does not mean a certificate, license, or permit under part 445 or 473.
(h) “Protected animal” means that term as defined in section 40103.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995;¾Am. 1998, Act 546, Eff. Mar. 23, 1999.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
324.73102 Entering or remaining on property of another; consent; exceptions.

Sec. 73102. (1) Except as provided in subsection (4), a person shall not enter or remain upon the property
of another person, other than farm property or a wooded area connected to farm property, to engage in any
recreational activity or trapping on that property without the consent of the owner or his or her lessee or agent, if either of the following circumstances exists:

(a) The property is fenced or enclosed and is maintained in such a manner as to exclude intruders.
(b) The property is posted in a conspicuous manner against entry. The minimum letter height on the
posting signs shall be 1 inch. Each posting sign shall be not less than 50 square inches, and the signs shall be
spaced to enable a person to observe not less than 1 sign at any point of entry upon the property.
(2) Except as provided in subsection (4), a person shall not enter or remain upon farm property or a
wooded area connected to farm property for any recreational activity or trapping without the consent of the
owner or his or her lessee or agent, whether or not the farm property or wooded area connected to farm
property is fenced, enclosed, or posted.
(3) On fenced or posted property or farm property, a fisherman wading or floating a navigable public
stream may, without written or oral consent, enter upon property within the clearly defined banks of the
stream or, without damaging farm products, walk a route as closely proximate to the clearly defined bank as
possible when necessary to avoid a natural or artificial hazard or obstruction, including, but not limited to, a
dam, deep hole, or a fence or other exercise of ownership by the riparian owner.
(4) A person other than a person possessing a firearm may, unless previously prohibited in writing or orally
by the property owner or his or her lessee or agent, enter on foot upon the property of another person for the sole purpose of retrieving a hunting dog. The person shall not remain on the property beyond the reasonable time necessary to retrieve the dog. In an action under section 73109 or 73110, the burden of showing that the property owner or his or her lessee or agent previously prohibited entry under this subsection is on the plaintiff or prosecuting attorney, respectively.
(5) Consent to enter or remain upon the property of another person pursuant to this section may be given
orally or in writing. The consent may establish conditions for entering or remaining upon that property.
Unless prohibited in the written consent, a written consent may be amended or revoked orally. If the owner or his or her lessee or agent requires all persons entering or remaining upon the property to have written consent, the presence of the person on the property without written consent is prima facie evidence of unlawful entry.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995;¾Am. 1998, Act 546, Eff. Mar. 23, 1999.
Popular name: Act 451
Rendered Friday, June 28, 2013 Page 1 Michigan Compiled Laws Complete Through PA 76 of 2013
Ó Legislative Council, State of Michigan Courtesy of www.legislature.mi.gov
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act

324.73103 Discharging firearm within right-of-way of public highway abutting certain
property; consent; “public highway” defined.
Sec. 73103. (1) A person shall not discharge a firearm within the right-of-way of a public highway
adjoining or abutting any platted property, fenced, enclosed, or posted property, farm property, or a wooded
area connected to farm property without the consent of the owner of the abutting property or his or her lessee or agent.
(2) As used in this section, “public highway” means a road or highway under the jurisdiction of the state
transportation department, the road commission of a county, or of a local unit of government.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
324.73104 Removing, defacing, or destroying sign or poster.
Sec. 73104. A person shall not remove, deface, or destroy a sign or poster that has been posted.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
324.73105 Posting or enclosing property.
Sec. 73105. A person shall not post a sign on property owned by another person or enclose the property of
another person to prohibit hunting, fishing, trapping, or other recreational activities on that property without
the written permission of the owner of that property or his or her lessee or agent.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
324.73106 Prosecution generally; seizure and enforcement by peace officer.
Sec. 73106. (1) A prosecution under this part shall be in the name of the people of the state, shall be
brought before a district court of competent jurisdiction in the county in which the offense was committed,
and shall be brought within 1 year from the time the offense charged was committed.
(2) A peace officer may seize property and otherwise enforce this part upon complaint of the landowner or
his or her lessee or agent.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
324.73107 Action for injury to person on property of another; exception.

Sec. 73107. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a cause of action shall not arise against the owner,
tenant, or lessee of property for an injury to a person who is on that property with oral or written consent but
who has not paid the owner, tenant, or lessee of that property valuable consideration for the recreational or
trapping use of the property, unless the injury was caused by the gross negligence or willful and wanton
misconduct of the owner, tenant, or lessee.
(2) A cause of action shall not arise against the owner, tenant, or lessee of property for an injury to a
person who is on that property with oral or written consent and has paid the owner, tenant, or lessee valuable consideration for fishing, trapping, or hunting on that property, unless that person's injuries were caused by a condition that involved an unreasonable risk of harm and all of the following apply:
(a) The owner, tenant, or lessee knew or had reason to know of the condition or risk.
(b) The owner, tenant, or lessee failed to exercise reasonable care to make the condition safe or to warn the
person of the condition or risk.
(c) The person injured did not know or did not have reason to know of the condition or risk.

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History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
324.73108 Enforcement and prosecution.

Sec. 73108. The prosecuting attorney for a county shall enforce this part and prosecute all persons charged
with violating this part in that county. The attorney representing a municipality may enforce this part in that
municipality and prosecute all persons charged with violating this part in that municipality.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
324.73109 Violation of part; cause of action by property owner.

Sec. 73109. The owner of property on which a violation of this part is committed, or his or her lessee, may
bring a cause of action against a person who violates this part for $250.00 or actual property damages,
whichever is greater, and actual and reasonable attorney fees.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995;¾Am. 1998, Act 546, Eff. Mar. 23, 1999.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
324.73110 Violation as misdemeanor; penalties.

Sec. 73110. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person who violates this part is guilty of a
misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not less than $100.00 or
more than $500.00, or both.
(2) A person convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this part occurring within 3 years of a
previous violation of this part shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not
less than $250.00 or more than $1,000.00, or both. In addition, the court shall order the person's license
revoked if the person is licensed to hunt, fish, or trap in this state, and shall order the person not to seek or
possess a license for the remainder of the calendar year in which the person is convicted and during at least 1
succeeding calendar year. This subsection does not apply after September 30, 2001.
(3) This subsection applies beginning October 1, 2001. A person convicted of a second or subsequent
violation of this part occurring within 3 years of a previous violation of this part shall be punished by
imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not less than $100.00 or more than $1,000.00, or both. In addition, the court may order the person's license revoked if the person is licensed to hunt, fish, or trap in this state, and may order the person not to seek or possess a license for not more than 3 succeeding calendar years.
(4) The court may order a person convicted of violating this part to pay the costs of prosecution.
(5) The following may be seized and forfeited in the same manner as provided in chapter 47 of the revised
judicature act of 1961, 1961 PA 236, MCL 600.4701 to 600.4709:
(a) A protected animal, a fur-bearing animal, game, or fish taken while committing any violation.
(b) Property in the possession of the defendant while committing a second or subsequent violation of this
part occurring within 3 years of a previous violation of this part. This subdivision does not apply to either of
the following:
(i) Electronic hunting-dog-retrieval equipment.
(ii) A living or dead animal of any kind not described in subdivision (a).
(6) The court shall order a person convicted of violating this part to make restitution for any damage
arising out of the violation, including, but not limited to, reimbursing this state for the value of any protected
animal, fur-bearing animal, game, or fish taken while violating this part as provided in section 40119.
However, the value of fish shall be determined as provided in section 48740.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995;¾Am. 1998, Act 546, Eff. Mar. 23, 1999.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
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324.73111 Adoption of part as ordinance; effect of contradicting or conflicting ordinance,
regulation, or resolution.

Sec. 73111. (1) A local unit of government may adopt this part as an ordinance, except that a penalty
imposed for a violation of that ordinance shall not exceed the penalty authorized by law for the violation of an
ordinance enacted by that local unit of government.
(2) A local unit of government shall not enact, maintain, or enforce an ordinance, regulation, or resolution
that contradicts or conflicts in any manner with this part.

History: Add. 1995, Act 58, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
Popular name: Act 451
Popular name: NREPA
Popular name: Recreational Trespass Act
PART 733
LIABILITY OF LANDOWNERS

324.73301 Liability of landowner, tenant, or lessee for injuries to persons on property for
purpose of outdoor recreation or trail use, using Michigan trailway or other public trail,
gleaning agricultural or farm products, fishing or hunting, or picking and purchasing
agricultural or farm products at farm or “u-pick” operation; definition.
Sec. 73301. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a cause of action shall not arise for injuries to
a person who is on the land of another without paying to the owner, tenant, or lessee of the land a valuable
consideration for the purpose of fishing, hunting, trapping, camping, hiking, sightseeing, motorcycling,
snowmobiling, or any other outdoor recreational use or trail use, with or without permission, against the
owner, tenant, or lessee of the land unless the injuries were caused by the gross negligence or willful and
wanton misconduct of the owner, tenant, or lessee.
(2) A cause of action shall not arise for injuries to a person who is on the land of another without paying to
the owner, tenant, or lessee of the land a valuable consideration for the purpose of entering or exiting from or
using a Michigan trailway as designated under part 721 or other public trail, with or without permission,
against the owner, tenant, or lessee of the land unless the injuries were caused by the gross negligence or
willful and wanton misconduct of the owner, tenant, or lessee. For purposes of this subsection, a Michigan
trailway or public trail may be located on land of any size including, but not limited to, urban, suburban,
subdivided, and rural land.
(3) A cause of action shall not arise against the owner, tenant, or lessee of land or premises for injuries to a
person who is on that land or premises for the purpose of gleaning agricultural or farm products, unless that
person's injuries were caused by the gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct of the owner, tenant,
or lessee.
(4) A cause of action shall not arise against the owner, tenant, or lessee of a farm used in the production of
agricultural goods as defined by section 35(1)(h) of the former single business tax act, 1975 PA 228, or by
section 207(1)(d) of the Michigan business tax act, 2007 PA 36, MCL 208.1207, for injuries to a person who is on that farm and has paid the owner, tenant, or lessee valuable consideration for the purpose of fishing or hunting, unless that person's injuries were caused by a condition which involved an unreasonable risk of harm and all of the following apply:
(a) The owner, tenant, or lessee knew or had reason to know of the condition or risk.
(b) The owner, tenant, or lessee failed to exercise reasonable care to make the condition safe, or to warn
the person of the condition or risk.
(c) The person injured did not know or did not have reason to know of the condition or risk.
(5) A cause of action shall not arise against the owner, tenant, or lessee of land or premises for injuries to a
person, other than an employee or contractor of the owner, tenant, or lessee, who is on the land or premises
for the purpose of picking and purchasing agricultural or farm products at a farm or "u-pick" operation, unless the person's injuries were caused by a condition that involved an unreasonable risk of harm and all of the following apply:
(a) The owner, tenant, or lessee knew or had reason to know of the condition or risk.
(b) The owner, tenant, or lessee failed to exercise reasonable care to make the condition safe, or to warn
the person of the condition or risk.
(c) The person injured did not know or did not have reason to know of the condition or risk.
(6) As used in this section, "agricultural or farm products" means the natural products of the farm, nursery,
grove, orchard, vineyard, garden, and apiary, including, but not limited to, trees and firewood.


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Popular name: NREPA
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Some actual river distances (GPS recordings)

I have snippets in various posts with actual mileage from my Garmin GPS 60 model.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_r_p7v1X850k/SoLeb8G-cII/AAAAAAAACMY/MpUHG59iE9c/s1600-h/Fenton_Linden_ALLMotionBase.jpg
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a.) Distance from Community Center or Fire House in Fenton by the gazebo/dam --- to Hogan Road = 9.6 miles

b.) We all know that Waterworks Park -- to Strom Park = slightly under 7 miles

c.) Going from the backwoods of the Shiawassee, starting at Davison Mill Pond ---- to Stiff Mill Pond by Waterworks Park = 8 miles
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/28782873

d.) Start at Waterworks in Holly - to McCaslin Lake Road = 22 miles
http://shiawassee-river.blogspot.com/2010/04/gps-geotagging-merged-with-maps.html
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 http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/albumMap?uname=WilliH2O&aid=5459775380877347649#map

e.) Start at McCaslin Lake Road - Shiatown Dam = 32 miles
http://shiawassee-river.blogspot.com/2010/04/kayaking-40-miles-in-one-day-on.html


The app I developed is point-to-point straight line distance between landmarks
---not actual river miles --


Friday, July 05, 2013

New grant for Shiatown Dam removal

Dam to be removed 
New grant to remove Shiatown Dam 
 
Photo
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY -- On Monday, a grant will be announced to begin removing a dam in Shiawassee County, where a Flint girl died.  The Friends of the Shiawassee River and the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network will be announcing a $62,500 grant to help in the restoration of the Shiawassee River as part of the dam removal process at Shiatown Dam.
The event will take place at the former Shiatown Dam site. In May of last year, 12 year old Kyesha Pascal from Flint was crossing the dam and lost her footing, falling into the Shiawassee River. She drowned.
In attendance will be the Friends of the Shiawassee River, and representatives of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, along with other officials.
According to a news release, in the fall of 2012, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began removal of the Shiatown Dam.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Shiawassee River Guide via SmartPhone App

Simple guide down the Shiawassee River

By CHRISTINA GUENTHNER 
Argus-Press Staff Writer | Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 9:34 am

 http://www.argus-press.com/news/article_4dbd5af0-e125-11e2-9fa5-001a4bcf887a.html
 
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — Navigating the Shiawassee River is becoming a little easier, thanks to a Warren man with a passion for kayaking.
Willi Gutmann, 49, has put created a smartphone app he describes as a “digital brochure” of the Shiawassee River. The iShiawassee app, available for 99 cents through iTunes, highlights destinations along the river and provides photos and details of different sights. It also allows users to track where they are on the river using GPS and a satellite map.
“It’s kind of like a GPS with pictures,” Gutmann said. “There is nothing else on the market like it.”
























 A resident of Metro Detroit, Gutmann first experienced the Shiawassee River when a friend of his who lives in the Holly area invited him to spend the day kayaking. He fell in love. After years of kayaking on the Shiawassee River, Gutmann realized he had hundreds of photos of landmarks along the river, and he decided to partner with a college buddy from Wayne State University to create the app. Charles Rice, who now lives in Portland, Ore., helped out with the project from afar, doing all of the coding for the app, Gutmann said. “I just had a ton of pictures,” Gutmann said, adding that he wanted to share his knowledge with the public.

























 “I would like to push the Shiawassee River into the forefront of people’s mind as ‘the’ river to paddle upon in Southeastern Michigan,” Gutmann wrote in an email to The Argus-Press. He said there are 100 miles of navigable river starting in Oakland County at Waterworks Park in Holly, going through Fenton, Argentine, Linden, Corunna, Owosso and on to Bay City. The iShiawassee app currently only covers the headwaters to the Parshallburg area, near Chesaning, but he has plans to expand it farther north.

Gutmann recently met with a group from Pure Michigan, at his request, about partnering to expand the app.
“What we’re hoping for is that we can get kind of a quid-pro-quo thing going,” Gutmann said, adding that Pure Michigan could help provide information that he could use in the app, and that the travel campaign would advertise the app on its website. He hopes to one day provide information about nearby businesses on the app.
A Pure Michigan representative confirmed that a group had met with Gutmann, but said it was preliminary to say whether they would pursue a partnership.
“We’re always interested in how we can reach travelers,” said Michelle Begnoche, public relations manager with Pure Michigan.
Begnoche said the group is willing to partner with individuals who can provide travel resources.
“We’re always open to working with some of the local people,” she said. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Of the iShiawassee app, Begnoche said it could be good for the travel industry.
“I think the easier it is to access these kind of resources, the more likely it is that they’ll want to explore all of the great resources Michigan has to offer,” she said.
Gutmann said he also see potential for apps to provide information on other waterways across the state.

“Michigan has more water than almost any other state in the country, but you’ve got diddly-squat on the Internet,” he said. Gutmann would like to see more people out enjoying the water. “I think it’s a lot of fun to paddle and understand how the river flows,” he said. “For me, it’s about getting back to the roots.”