stormwater http://michiganradio.org en Jackson voters may be asked to reconsider controversial storm water fee http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-voters-may-be-asked-reconsider-controversial-storm-water-fee <p>Jackson residents may decide in August if they are willing to pay a special tax to clean up their city streets.</p><p></p><p>Last year, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the city of Jackson’s storm water fee was actually an illegal tax. The fee generated about a million dollars a year for street cleaning and leaf pickup programs which without funding the city cancelled last year.</p><p></p><p>Councilman Derek Dobies says that meant homeowners couldn’t just sweep their leaves into the street they had to dispose of the leaves themselves.</p><p></p> Sun, 11 May 2014 19:44:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17554 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson voters may be asked to reconsider controversial storm water fee Jackson homeowners will not be allowed to rake their leaves into city streets this fall http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-homeowners-will-not-be-allowed-rake-their-leaves-city-streets-fall <p>Autumn is a lovely time in Jackson.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But people living along Jackson‘s tree lined streets will face a problem this Fall: How to get rid of all those falling leaves?</p><p></p><p>It’s something of a suburban ritual.&nbsp;&nbsp; Once the leaves fall, homeowners rake them into the street to be cleared away.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But not this fall in Jackson.</p><p></p><p>The city recently lost a legal challenge to its storm water fee.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Court of the Appeals ruled the fee was actually an illegal tax.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14435 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson homeowners will not be allowed to rake their leaves into city streets this fall Jackson laying off city employees to close budget gap created by court ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-laying-city-employees-close-budget-gap-created-court-ruling <p>Some Jackson city employees are getting layoff notices this morning.</p><p></p><p>The layoffs come as city leaders come to grips with a court ruling striking down Jackson’s storm water fee.</p><p></p><p>This month, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Jackson’s storm water fee was an illegal tax. &nbsp;&nbsp;The city has decided not to appeal the ruling.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13974 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson laying off city employees to close budget gap created by court ruling More algae in Lake Erie http://michiganradio.org/post/more-algae-lake-erie <p>A significant amount of blue-green algae is expected in the western basin of Lake Erie this summer. This year’s algal bloom will be about 1/5 as bad as what happened in 2011.<br><br>2011 was one of the worst years on record for the explosions of algae growth.</p><p>Sandy Bihn is with the citizens-based group, <a href="http://www.lakeeriewaterkeeper.org/">Lake Erie Waterkeeper</a>. She says the blooms are caused "by too much phosphorous, too much runoff from the land, too many wastewater overflows, sewage deposits, storm water runoff, and manure rolling from the land into the water."</p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:34:25 +0000 Kyle Norris 13622 at http://michiganradio.org More algae in Lake Erie Grand Rapids officials looking ahead to next big storm http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-officials-looking-ahead-next-big-storm <p>The Grand River hit a record high level in Grand Rapids over the weekend.&nbsp; Volunteers spent hours filling sandbags to protect homes and city buildings.</p><p>City managers are still dealing with the flood waters. But they’re also planning for future storms.</p><p>Haris Alibasic directs Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and Sustainability.</p><p>“Given the more intense and more frequent, intense rain events we’re probably going to be experiencing, as climate change is anticipated to really have a serious impact in the Midwest," he says.</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:36:24 +0000 Rebecca Williams 12245 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids officials looking ahead to next big storm