The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Fort Custer Recreation Area (FCRA) have engaged a diverse Kieser & Associates, LLC (K&A) Project Team to enhance the FCRA lakes by controlling invasive aquatic plant species. Three Fort Custer lakes, Eagle Lake, Whitford and Lawler Lake, and Jackson Hole Lake, are being addressed by this three-year project. Funding is provided as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the Enbridge compensation for injuries to the Kalamazoo River related to the 2010 discharges.
The objectives for the project include:
- Assess the presence and density of aquatic invasive plants
- Develop an integrated strategy to control aquatic invasive plant species
- Monitor and assess invasive aquatic plant presence and density during and after treatments
- Develop and implement an outreach program for recreational users to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from and into the FCRA.
- Design and implement a monitoring program to evaluate aquatic recreational use of all three lakes.
The project was recently highlighted through an interview with Patty Hoch-Melluish and article on MLive. Read about the project and see photos of the weevils and beetles being used for biologic controls at: https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2018/08/beetles_weevils_added_to_michi.html
Kieser & Associates is proud to announce Dr. Douglas McLaughlin, Ph.D. has joined our team as Senior Scientist/Environmental Engineering Division Manager. He brings years of experience and expertise in improving water resource management and decision making. He spent the last 15 years as a Principal Research Scientist at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc, a non-profit environmental research organization. His brief resume and contact information can be found at: www.kieser-associates.com/contact/staff.
Andrew Fang, Ph.D., P.E., Project Engineer, presented on behalf of K&A at the 2017 American Water Resources Association Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. The presentation, titled “Flexible TMDL and NPDES Permit Compliance Approaches in California” was part of a session on Tips and Tools for TMDLs, and highlighted three K&A projects. In each location the resulting flexible compliance approach is based on the salient principles used in WQT programs. Water quality trading (WQT) is a flexible compliance tool for wastewater treatment facilities and stormwater authorities and is most often implemented in a TMDL or NPDES permit context. WQT is a cost-effective or least-cost means of compliance with regulatory requirements. California, due to its unique political and environmental advocacy background, has a complex set of agencies and regulatory requirements. Kieser &Associates has been involved in critical stages of program development for California programs since the early 2000’s. The flexible compliance programs include an urban stormwater MS4 permit approach for fine sediment in Lake Tahoe, nutrient point source-nonpoint source offsets in the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed, and a nonpoint source-centered TMDL compliance program in the San Jacinto River Basin. The presentation described the background and drivers of these programs, and provides an analysis of the program design, credit quantification and verification methods, as well as legal and economic challenges the programs overcame. You can find the presentation here and it will be uploaded to the conference website as well at http://awra.org/meetings/Portland2017/oral.html.
KVCC has obtained Stormwater Neutral® status, not only achieving their TMDL 50% reduction goal, but also systematically eliminating all stormwater outfalls from the main campus. This entire campus is now Stormwater Neutral® verified (i.e., net-zero phosphorus discharge from their stormwater footprint). As a result, KVCC became the second MS4 within the Kalamazoo River Watershed to achieve this unique distinction. With the addition of the Healthy Living Campus, KVCC’s commitment to being a good steward of our environment continues. When developing the new campus, KVCC and K&A plans included on-site stormwater treatment, pervious asphalt pavement, scenic boardwalk overlooks and relocation of Portage Creek and Michigan native vegetation along the a restored, more-meandering stream corridor. You can find out more about the work already done at several environmental education stations around the campus and you can read more about the newly planned work at mlive.com.
Mark Kieser will be joining the Advisory Board of Earth & Water Group, LLC to provide his expert viewpoint and advice. The Earth & Water Group, LLC aims to offer sustainable solutions that make the world a better place to live.
Kieser & Associates projects to protect the Arcadia Creek Watershed include work with various partners including the City of Kalamazoo, the City of Portage, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo River Watershed Council and the Forum of Greater Kalamazoo.
The loss of more than 30% of managed honeybee colonies in recent years is a threat to U.S. agriculture because one-third of our food supply relies primarily on honeybees for pollination. Recent funding has been approved to develop a pollinator habitat credit program in Michigan, and K&A is working with AFT to help develop a program to support development of pollinator habitat. Read more:The loss of more than 30% of managed honeybee colonies in recent years is a threat to U.S. agriculture because one-third of our food supply relies primarily on honeybees for pollination. Recent funding has been approved to develop a pollinator habitat credit program in Michigan, and K&A is working with AFT to help develop a program to support development of pollinator habitat. Read more: www.farmland.org