Friday, May 30, 2014

Shiawassee River Paddle - June 8 - Holly, MI

Shiawassee #River #Paddle - June 8,  

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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 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.