2017 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grants Announcement

MACDC Members: 

Attached is the official Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) announcement for the open application period for two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation grant programs for FY 2017.  This funding announcement includes the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program.  Both of these FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs are now under one umbrella known as Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA).  FEMA has unified all of the mitigation grant programs under one set of guidance documents.  The two guidance documents (also attached) are dated 2015 because there have been no changes to the guidance since last year. Read more...

EPA, U.S. Army Move to Rescind 2015 “Waters of the U.S.”

The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies) are proposing a rule to rescind the Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining "waters of the United States" or WOTUS. This action would, when finalized, provide certainty in the interim, pending a second rulemaking in which the agencies will engage in a substantive re-evaluation of the definition of "waters of the United States." The proposed rule would be implemented in accordance with Supreme Court decisions, agency guidance, and longstanding practice. Read more...

MACDC Summer Conference 2017 Registration Now Open

Register today for the MACDC Summer Conference, July 19-21, 2017
Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville

Conference materials are available here.

Educational Topics Include

  • Drone Law
  • Construction Administration
  • How to Read Engineering Drawings
  • Building and Maintaining Quality Relationships with your Road Commission
  • Working with Townships
  • USDA Development Financing
  • Wetland Alliance
  • Groundwater Problems
  • Financial Advisors
  • Update from MDEQ

Continuing Education Credits are available

PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft Statewide E. coli TMDL public meeting and comment period

Public Meeting and Comment Period for the Draft Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is announcing a public comment period (April 17-May 19, 2017) and public meeting (May 9, 2017) to discuss the revised draft statewide E. coli TMDL. The statewide E. coli TMDL is a framework that applies to all water bodies that are included in Michigan’s Year 2016 Section 303(d) list due to elevated E. coli and will also apply to water bodies listed as impaired due to E. coli in the future. The TMDL is being developed to identify the pathogen reductions necessary to meet water quality standards. This is the second, and more formal, comment period for the draft statewide E. coli TMDL, and four previously recorded webinars are available on www.michigan.gov/ecolitmdl. Read more...