Contact:
Shelli DiFranco
The Watershed Center
sdifranco@gtbay.org
231.935.1514 ext. 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTHPORT GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT UNDERWAY
VILLAGE OF NORTHPORT COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MAY 3

NORTHPORT, Michigan – April 30, 2018 – Construction began last week on a green infrastructure project that will improve the quality of stormwater runoff along Nagonaba Street in the Village of Northport. This nearly half a million dollar project is expected to be completed by June 30. Planned improvements include adding underground infiltration in front of the Village office and having tree boxes line the street east of Mill Street as it heads towards the marina.

“All of our watershed deserves swimmable and fishable water,” said Sarah U’Ren, Program Director at The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. “We received a grant from the Environmental Project Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program to address water quality issues and improve stormwater runoff along Nagonaba Street using green infrastructure techniques. These enhancements will mean less street flooding and we estimate that nearly two million gallons of polluted stormwater runoff will be prevented from entering the bay each year.”

This project has been years in the making and Northport officials were able to secure additional funding for streetscaping elements as well as improvements to their 1930s-era water main to coincide with the green infrastructure project.

“It made sense from an economic and community perspective to look at this construction project as an opportunity to beautify Northport by adding streetscaping,” said Barb von Voigtlander, Village of Northport administrator. “This decision helped save time and headache for residents and visitors by only having one construction period rather than two.”

U’Ren and the Village of Northport will host a community question and answer session about this infrastructure project on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. before the Council’s regular monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. Both meetings will take place at Northport Village Hall, 116 Nagonaba Street.

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The Watershed Center is a non-profit organization that advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and acts to protect and preserve its 1,000-square mile watershed, which covers portions of Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, and Kalkaska counties. Learn more at www.gtbay.org.

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