SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — On Monday, August 12, from 4:00 – 7:00pm the South Haven Public Works Department and the Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) are teaming up to host an Open House for residents in and around South Haven. Both organizations are working towards common goals in keeping our communities health, our waters clean, and our City beautiful. They are welcoming residents to join them to learn more about the programs available to residents to stay informed and active in protect the resources we love. “From recycling to invasive species, the District is always busy, and always getting questions” says AJ Brucks, Director of the VBCD, “We’re excited to team up with the DPW to talk about the programs that both organizations are working on for residents in the area.”
Community members are welcome to come and learn about programs that help keep our water clean and natural resources healthy.
Program information that will be discussed are:
- Ongoing waterline surveys and maintenance
- Invasive Species detection and treatment
- Recycling opportunities throughout the County; what you can recycle, where and when!
- Plant ID and assistance (Photos only please!)
- Water quality and testing information
- Free tire recycling opportunities
As the DPW is expanding programs to manage invasive species such and Knotweed and Phragmites, they’re hoping residents can help in mapping just where to find these plants. “Species like knotweed and Phragmites are of special concern, since they can cause infrastructural issues, as well as damaging our environment,” says Nor Serocki, coordinator for the local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. She continues saying “The CISMA is excited to partner with the DPW and share our data, but these plants are often in people’s yards or in hard to reach areas like ravines, which is why we depend so much on citizens reporting them as well.” Maps will be available at the meeting for attendees to mark invasive species locations, but Serocki also points people to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network, or MISIN. This database, created by MSU, allows citizen scientists to report invasive species from their phones or computers, creating maps that managers like those at the CISMA and DPW use to plan management.
The Open House will be from 4pm-7pm on Monday, August 12th at the DPW garage in South Haven, and will include informational booths, on the hour presentations, maps of known invasive species issues, and time to speak with local representatives of various programs. Questions? Reach out to the District at 269-657-4030×5. The SWxSW Corner CISMA is a grant funded program through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, managed by the DNR, EGLE, and MDARD.
— South Haven Public Works Department and Van Buren Conservation District
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