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City study recommends water, sewer rate increases

Grand Rapids’ water and sewer rates could increase in 2023 based on recommendations from an annual review.

Cascade Township seeks parks and rec feedback

Cascade Township is seeking community feedback on a draft of a five-year parks and recreation master plan.

Roberto Clemente Park earns social equity award

A local park recently was recognized for its incorporation of equitable design elements.

A new 58-mile bike trail will connect West Michigan to Chicago

From Michigan to Indiana to Illinois, bikers and pedestrians will soon be able to travel across state lines on a scenic, non-motorized greenway along the south shore of Lake Michigan.
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Univ. of Michigan’s ZEUS will be most powerful laser in US

ANN ARBOR — A newly constructed University of Michigan facility that will be home to the most powerful laser in the United States is hosting its first experiment this week as the nation seeks to become competitive again in the realm of high-power laser facilities.
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EPA loses key ruling as Flint residents pursue water claims

DETROIT — A judge blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from appealing a key ruling in a long-running lawsuit claiming negligence by the federal government in Flint’s lead-contaminated water in 2014-15.
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Judge retains jurisdiction in lawsuit over Enbridge pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY — A federal judge Thursday kept jurisdiction over a lawsuit seeking to close an oil pipeline crossing a section of the Great Lakes, rejecting Michigan’s effort to shift the case to state court.
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Boil-water alert could last 2 weeks for some in SE Michigan

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A boil-water advisory could last up to two weeks for more than 130,000 people in southeastern Michigan as crews repair a water pipe break, officials said Monday.
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Jury can’t reach verdict in engineers’ Flint water trial

DETROIT — A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint’s lead-contaminated water.
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Judge in Flint water case talks to lawyers, seals transcript

DETROIT — A judge handling a trial over liability for lead contamination in Flint’s water sealed the transcript of a hearing with lawyers, a conference held this week while jurors were on an 11-day break from deliberations.

Triterra opens West Michigan office

A Michigan-based environmental consulting firm expanded into Grand Rapids.

Plaster Creek Stewards receives $1M restoration grant

A recent watershed restoration grant will help revitalize an urban creek in Kent County.
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Report says Michigan 2020 dam failures were ‘preventable’

TRAVERSE CITY — The failure of two Michigan dams that forced the evacuation of 10,000 people and destroyed 150 homes was “foreseeable and preventable,” resulting from errors and miscalculations over nearly a century, an expert panel said Wednesday.

Waugh draws women to the construction industry

What once was just a marketing job opportunity for Jenny Waugh now has turned into a career-long fascination with the construction industry.
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Flint water crisis trial will test contractors’ liability

ANN ARBOR — Jury selection starts Tuesday in a trial to determine if engineering contractors bear responsibility for lead-contaminated water in Flint.

Engineering firm relocates amid growth

An environmental consulting and engineering firm relocated its Kentwood office.

Engineer uses practical experience to promote STEM in schools

A local engineer is using her experience to provide children of color in West Michigan with more math and science educational opportunities.

Engineering firm promotes new leadership

A civil engineering and architecture firm promoted three of its staff members for its succession plan.

Developers aim to improve Newaygo housing market

A home building company celebrated the start of the final phase of a pilot program in the city of Newaygo.

Barr Engineering Co. appoints CEO

Barr Engineering Co. named Ward Swanson its next president and CEO.

Partners hosting Industry 4.0 workshops for manufacturers

The Right Place, Feyen Zylstra and The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West will host in-person workshops to guide small and midsized manufacturers through Industry 4.0 changes.

F&V co-founder dies

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced the passing of co-founder Steven R. Vanden Brink at the age of 66. The Grand Rapids professional engineer started F&V with longtime friend and business partner Larry Fleis on Jan. 13, 1993.

Association calls for more county roads investment

The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan claims another $1.84 billion in annual investment is needed for the state’s county-run road and bridge network.

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