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FLOTILLA POSTPONED DUE TO WORK ALONG THE RIVER

Funds Will Be Used Towards Kayak/Canoe Landing For 2018 Event

(Flint, Mich.)-  The Flint River Flotilla scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 5 will be postponed until 2018.  The Flint River Corridor Alliance (FRCA) decided to postpone the event due to construction work being done upstream from where the float takes place.  In lieu of taking part of the Flotilla, the public is encouraged to participate in paddles scheduled along other portions of the river through the Flint River Watershed Coalition.

FRCA Director Vanessa Ferguson said, “The Flotilla offers a great opportunity for everyone to see what a great asset the Flint River is for our community. Because of the Consumers Energy dredging/clean-up project taking place upstream on the river we have reached the difficult decision to postpone the event.”

To learn more about the East Boulevard Remediation project visit www.consumersenergy.com/east-boulevard-remediation.  The water quality of this portion of the Flint River is monitored daily.  The DEQ reports that all testing results have been within permit thresholds.

“The FRCA hopes to make 2018 bigger and better than ever before.  We have worked with our sponsors to secure funding for a paddlers’ landing at the ending point for the Flotilla,” explained Ferguson.  “Anyone who has participated in the Flotilla knows what a great asset this landing will be to create easier access in and out of the river in Mott Park.”

The landing will be located inside Mott Park off Sunset and Ballenger Highway.  The FRCA is coordinating with the City of Flint and with the Mott Park Recreation Area Board to move forward with the project.  The goal is to begin work on the landing this fall.  Sponsors to date for the project include General Motors, Hurley Medical Center, ROWE Professional Services Company and Diplomat Pharmacy.

As an alternative to participating in the Flint River Flotilla this year, the FRCA is encouraging individuals to register for paddles with the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) which are outside the area of the Consumers Energy Work. The cost for the paddles range from $10 to $25 per person and pre-registration is required.  Anyone interested in registering for one should visit: http://flintriver.org/blog/programs/frwcs-paddles/ for more information.

The FRCA was established in 2007, to increase the overall investment and health of the Flint River Corridor.   The purpose of the Alliance is to improve access to the waterway through the restoration of existing resources and to create new opportunities for recreation along the river.

“We appreciate the public’s support of the Flint River Flotilla and understand that there will be disappointment regarding this year’s cancellation.  Next year we look forward to showcasing all the great improvements that will have been completed along the river.  Projects range from the current construction work to the installation of the landing at Mott Park to construction connected to the Flint Riverfront Restoration Plan,” said Ferguson.

Anyone interested in learning more about the paddlers’ landing or in participating in a FRWC paddle should contact the FRCA on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/frcalliance, at www.frcalliance.org or by email Vanessa Ferguson at vferguson@frcalliance.org.

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The second annual Cycling Circles event will take place at Chevy Commons on September 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.  The event was created to give children a chance to bike along the paths at the site.  We serve as a sponsor along with other community partners including the Genesee County Land Bank, Genesee County Parks, Genesee County Health Department, Hurley Medical Center and more.

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The installation of a flower bed was completed at the entrance to Chevy Commons in September.  The flower bed will be the eventual location for a sign welcoming people to the site.  The work was completed in conjunction with funding from Keep Genesee County Beautiful.

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We are excited to be a part of the Flint Bike Share Program.  We are helping with the coordination related to bringing the Flint Bike Share Program to the area.  A bike share program allows users to check out a bike to use it for a few hours or the entire day.  The first station was installed at the Genesee County Parks headquarters in July 2016 and the second station opened on the Flint Cultural Center’s campus in September.  Two additional stations were opened on the University of Michigan-Flint’s campus in November.  Watch for future updates on our website and social media pages as new stations open.

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About the Corridor Alliance The Flint River Corridor Alliance brings people together around our riverfront to promote a vibrant community. The Corridor Alliance’s priority areas focus on  strengthening neighborhoods, improving infrastructure, restoring and improving access to the river in order to attract people and commerce to the region.
Partnership guides the work of the Corridor Alliance’s project committees as they work to inform, influence and provide opportunities for action. The combined influence of the Corridor Alliance acts to strengthen our community and celebrate its unique resources.

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Learn more about the projects taking place along the Flint River in the updated Flint Riverfront Restoration Plan. The overview includes information on the Hamilton Dam, Chevy Commons, Riverbank Park and much more.

Flint Riverfront Restoration Plan

 

 

 

 

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mliveFLINT, MI — More than 1,000 trees have been planted on a 60-acre portion of the former Chevy in the Hole site as part of a cleanup effort that will help transform it from a concrete wasteland to a greener space along the Flint River.

The project was highlighted this afternoon for Arbor Day, and representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local leaders toured the site as project workers continued planting saplings.

Rows of young trees and irrigation trenches now line the portions not covered by concrete. (Document shows tree planting: ChevyintheHoletrees.pdf )

The variety of trees — including eastern cottonwood, sugar maple and red oak — are expected to help with the natural breakdown of contaminants at the former industrial site, which holds a prominent place on the Flint River between Kettering University and downtown Flint.

“The way the city and the mayor (Dayne Walling) have envisioned this is a green space to remove this scar on the community,” said project manager Steve Montle.

The work is funded by a $375,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and EPA funds and overseen by Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

The trees are expected to mitigate the pollutants present in the soil and groundwater through a process called “phytoremediation,” in which trees take the water from the ground, stabilize or reduce contaminants, and transpire the water as a neutral vapor.

Ownership of the property is in the process of being transferred to the city of Flint. The land is currently owned by the Flint Economic Development Corp., which obtained it for $1 with a quit claim deed from Delphi Corp. in 2008.

“This is a great project,” said City Councilman Sheldon Neeley, who sits on the EDC board. “This is nature cleaning up a man-made mess.”

Montle described the 60-acre portion of the site as being “uniformly contaminated at low levels.” He said the trees will help reduce the flow of polluted groundwater into the Flint River.

Montle was recently recognized by the White House for his work on the project.

He began working on the cleanup as an appointee under Walling’s administration but was hired by the national revitalization group, Center for Community Progress, after the city position was cut by Flint’s emergency manager in December.

Montle was honored Tuesday with the White House’s Champions of Change award for “leaders who are using innovative approaches to promote energy efficiency, revitalize outdoor spaces, encourage transportation options and improve quality of life in our cities and towns,” according to a news release from the Center for Community Progress.

He said at least two more phases, include a wetland, are planned for the project if it can secure additional funding.

“The hurdles have been reduced from barely being able to get over them to so small we can barely see them anymore,” he said.

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