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Public Meeting on Proposed Soil Erosion Project in Zeeland Tonight

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Zeeland's Paw Paw Foot Bridge (photo courtesy City of Zeeland)
Zeeland's Paw Paw Foot Bridge (photo courtesy City of Zeeland)

ZEELAND, MI (WHTC) - Efforts to stop soil erosion around the bridge in Zeeland’s Paw Paw Bridge Park will be discussed during a public meeting tonight. The Macatawa Watershed Project called for the 7 PM session in the Howard Miller Center to go over a 40 thousand-dollar plan that would use a combination of rocks and native plantings to try and stabilize the banks of the Noordeloos Creek at that site so that the soil wouldn’t eventually drift into Lake Macatawa. The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council is seeking a 30 thousand-dollar federal grant to pay for the bulk of the project, with the city and the Outdoor Discovery Center covering the remaining costs. Pending approval of a state DEQ permit request, the project could begin this August.

WHTC News Director Gary Stevens chatted with Kelly Goward of the Watershed Project about tonight’s meeting and the effects of torrential rains on the Macatawa River earlier this month. A link to a podcast of that phone interview is here: http://whtc.com/podcasts/whtc-news/dealing-erosion-flooding-kelly-goward/

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