Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Annual Shiawassee River Paddle Event: June 6, 2010 | MyPRGenie

Annual Shiawassee River Paddle Event: June 6, 2010 | MyPRGenie

Dam in Chesaning : PowerPoint presentation


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Excalibur kayak paddle: computerized training

Excalibur kayak paddle: computerized training

The Excalibur paddle manufactured by Talon Technology in Sydney, Australia is fitted with a strain gauge placed inside the shaft at both ends to measure shaft bend in response to pressure placed on the paddle blade. Accelerometers are located in the 3 planes of the paddle

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Shiawassee Clean-Up : May 1, Owosso

DATE: March 9, 2010
TO: City Council
FROM: Sarah Warren-Riley, Housing & Neighborhood Development Coordinator
RE: Owosso Community Pride: Green-Up & Clean-Up Owosso

Owosso Community Pride: Green-Up & Clean-Up Owosso
is scheduled as a daylong event on May 1st 2010.

This year the theme of these community pride activities will be to “Green-Up & Clean-Up” Owosso and is a collaborative effort between the City of Owosso, the Friends of the Shiawassee River and Owosso Main Street.
The objective of this event is to engage the community in volunteer activities to foster community pride while improving the appearance of downtown Owosso, linking the Shiawassee River with the downtown and with economic and community vitality, and promoting the benefits of urban forestry.

The activities will be held throughout downtown Owosso and along
the Shiawassee River on Saturday, May 1st from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Green-Up & Clean-Up Owosso event will utilize volunteer efforts in a series of activities to improve the appearance of the downtown district while protecting and promoting ecologic resources and encouraging community pride. The event will incorporate several volunteer opportunities and community partners and those active in independent community beautification are being sought.

(Additional participants that we seek to include are community and student organizations/service clubs such as Kiwanis, Rotary, the Owosso Jaycees, the Shiawassee Conservation District, the Kiwanis Builder’s and Key Clubs, Owosso High School National Honor Society, etc.)

Currently scheduled activities include riparian tree planting along the Shiawassee River on Jerome St., the Friends of the Shiawassee River’s annual spring river clean-up, Main Street’s spring downtown clean-up as well as the City of Owosso’s 2010 Arbor Day celebration.

Activities are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. with volunteers meeting along Jerome St. to sign in and be assigned to an activity. All volunteers will reconvene at Main Street Plaza (corner of Washington and Main St.) for lunch and the City of Owosso’s official Arbor Day celebration.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

June 6, 2010 Shiawassee River Paddle Event and Race

Shiawassee River Paddle Event--June 6, 2010

Leisure paddle (open to all paddlers with proper lifevest pfd)

Race (for those that want to compete)

-WaterWorks Park -
602 South Broad St, Holly, MI 48442-1674

--Strom Park--
299 South East Street, Fenton,MI
near the East Street Bridge.

Shiawassee River Paddle Event--June 6, 2010

Start : WaterWorks Park in Holly, Michigan
End : Strom Park in Fenton, Michigan
Distance : 7 scenic miles of numerous twists and turns

Schedule :
10:00 am : On-site registration WaterWorks Park
11:30 am : Introductory Ceremony
11:45 am : Experienced Canoeists Start
12:15 pm : Novice/Youth Canoeists Start
12:45 pm : Kayak/ Single person canoeists Start
***1:15 pm : Leisure/fun paddle Start *****
6:00 pm : Final river sweep completed

Canoes available for rental thru Heavners Livery
Shuttle transport all day long until 6pm

Questions ?

Call Sue Julian, 248-634-3513
or email sjulian @ provide dot net

Call Doug Lanyk 248-634-4551
or email dslanyk @ comcast dot net

Call Willi Gutmann 586-215-6387
or e-mail Willi_H2O @ Yahoo dot Com

Shiawassee River - additional info













Saturday, March 13, 2010

Kodak American Greenways

Kodak American Greenways has awarded Headwaters Trails $1000 toward installation of railings at the Academy Footbridge over the Shiawassee River.  Headwaters Trails is honored to be one of 28 projects recognized nationally by Kodak American Greenways and will use the funding as a Challenge Grant to complete the needed safety improvements--attractive railings and protective bollards.  For each $1 donated to Headwaters Trails, the grant will match $1 up to $1000.  The total project is estimated to cost $2, 500. 

This location is part of a proposed walking trail network that intersects at this point with the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail, a paddling trail that starts at WaterWorks Park in Holly, winds through Fenton,  and will eventually stretch all the way to Saginaw Bay.  When the walking paths are completed, the public will be able to walk from several directions--the Village of Holly, the Pulte development, and Seven Lakes State Park--to this site on the Shiawassee.

At the present time, the land is owned by the Township of Holly and schoolchildren and recreational walkers cross the footbridge which has already been improved by the Township with a metal grating as the bridge floor.  However, the river churns along under the bridge at this narrow point and without bridge railings the crossing could be unsafe.  Furthermore, some people in ATV's or other motorized vehicles illegally attempt to cross at this point.  The bridge is only built to hold the weight of walkers.  Bollards will be installed to prevent motorized vehicles from crossing.

Challenge Grant donations to match the Kodak award will help get the bridge work completed this spring and may be sent to: Headwaters Trails, P.O. Box 33, Holly, MI 48442. Donations are tax deductible. Headwaters Trails meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Holly Village Chambers, 315 S. Broad Street at 7pm. "Volunteers  are encouraged to join, to help out on workdays or to just come and ask questions," said Sue Julian, President of Headwaters Trails..

Kodak American Greenways makes grants yearly to encourage the further development of recreational corridors that are grassroots initiatives.  The pathways system in the Holly area fits the criteria." Headwaters Trails is delighted to have been recognized by this national group in which Eastman Kodak Company, the National Geographic Society, and The Conservation Fund are all partners," said Julian. The Kodak American Greenways Program is an annual program that recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for exemplary leadership in the enhancement of our nation’s outdoor heritage.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Shiawassee River Corunna Dam

(03/11/10) -- The Michigan DNR says the dam on the Shiawassee River is in poor condition.
According to the agency, if the dam should fail, two bridges downstream are at risk.
City officials admit the 150-year-old structure is in bad shape. Fast-moving water brought on by snow melt doesn't help.
"The dam's in poor condition. We've known that for 35-40 years now," Corunna City Manager Joe Sawyer said.The DNR recently sent a letter to Corunna City Hall, telling officials to draw down the water backed up behind the dam to relieve pressure on it.

"Their order was to do it immediately," Sawyer said.
The only way to lower water levels is to open the spillway, which Corunna officials believe would severely damage it and cause a large amount of erosion to nearby riverbanks.
This is the State Street bridge over the Shiawassee River. It's about 200 yards downstream from the dam. The DNR says if the dam should fail, the bridge would be at risk.
"We're confident downstream damage is not an issue," Sawyer said.
"That was rebuilt in 2005 and has deep pilings. That would outlast a pretty good storm," agreed Corunna Superintendent of Public Works Tim Crawford.
The DNR says even a foot bridge a half-mile away in McCurdy Park could be damaged if the dam was breached. This summer the DNR wants the city to punch a hole in the dam to lower water levels even further.
"A hole will break open at some point in time. It won't be a big deal. They don't want to let Mother Nature make that call," Sawyer explained.
If a portion of the dam is removed, the impoundment behind it would disappear, and with it, recreational boating.
"It's all going to be lost and I don't want to lose that either," Mayor Chuck Kerridge said.
Corunna officials will meet with the DNR soon to talk about their concerns and to see if the dam can be saved.

Monday, March 08, 2010

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Friday, March 05, 2010

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Ponemah, Squaw and Tupper lakes

Ordinance #545 - Charter Township of Fenton Office

Regulation of compounds containing nitrogen and phosphorus which are contained in fertilizers,
enter into the township’s water resources, including lakes, streams, wetlands, drains and natural water courses,
resulting in excessive and accelerated growth of algae and aquatic plants.

Do your part to avoid the green goo.

The Ponemah-Squaw-Tupper Combined Lakes Association, Inc. {the P-S-T}
- includes the entire contiguous chain of the Lakes Ponemah, Squaw & Tupper and all their connecting channels.
It also includes the section of the Shiawassee River, starting at the US-23 overpass
and ending on the Shiawassee at the Ripley Road bridge.

The PST Lake Association board meets monthly.
Contact the PST Secretary Pam Elder
Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each Month.

President : ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Tony Spezia ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, pstlakeassociation@hotmail.com ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,810-908-4089

Vice President : ,,,,,,,,, Ken Laetz ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, laetzgo@chartermi.net ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,810-919-0045

Secretary :,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,  Pam Elder ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, pmelder2@aol.com ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,810-629-2668

Treasurer :,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,  Dan Dimich ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ddimich.ateam@yahoo.com ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,810-602-9350

Trustee :,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Brad Eastman ,,,,,,,,,,,,bradley.eastman@yahoo.com,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 810-610-4547

Trustee :,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, John Wittum ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, j10ww@aol.com,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 810-714-9228

Trustee : ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Joe Ceresia ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, sales@lakeponemahmarina.com,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 810-750-8443

Trustee :,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Heather Crandall ,,,,,,hetsiebaby@aol.com ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,810-275-5116

Trustee :,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,John Latner ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,John.latner@baker.edu

PR Committee :,,,,,,,,  Katie Spezia ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,spezkat@hotmail.com,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 810-217-8143

PST (Ponemah, Squaw and Tupper) Lake Association

The dredging of the Landings Way Channel is complete.
Overgrown brush and fallen trees were removed this winter.
All who use the lake this summer need to respect the rules.

If you have issues with the navigable channels and waterways near
Ponemah, Squaw and Tupper contact one of the members listed above

***___Keeping navigable waterways Clean & Open is everyone's concern___***

Canoe, kayak, rowboat, scull shell, are all to be respected just as much as powerboats

-Natural resources belong to all in the community-

PST Lake Association
4255 W. Four Lakes Dr.
Linden, MI 48451

2010 PST Social Events Calendar: Check the website for additional info
Friday, May 28th BYOW: Wine Tasting Party Friday 7:00pm, @ Spezia's Beach w/ Movie on the inflatable screen
Saturday, June 5th Pontoon Boat Poker Run
Saturday, June 19th Meet & Greet 12pm, Lake Ponemah Sandbar w/ Shiawassee River Rubber Duckie Races
Friday, July 2nd Movie Night on the inflatable screen @ Spezia’s Beach. Movie begins at Dusk.
Saturday, July 3rd Rubber Duckie Races all day at the Lake Ponemah Sandbar
August, 13th - 15th Ponetian Weekend….. Movie Night Friday @ dusk. Boat Parade Saturday 7:00pm. Picnic Sunday
2010 PONETIAN WEEKEND - Mark your calendars, the 2010 Ponetian Weekend will begin
8/13/2010 and run through 8/15/2009. For 2010 the boat parade will start at 7:00pm near the
South West Corner of Lake Ponemah in front of TeeBonez and Lake Ponemah Marina.