Professor Donald Carpenter of Lawrence Technological University and Sanjiv Sinha, Vice President of Water Resources Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., will lead a two-year study on how Michigan communities with small, shallow-draft harbors can plan for economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
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A decade-long trend of lower water levels in the Great Lakes has hurt economic activity in Michigan communities with harbors, and the trend is likely to continue. By 2015 public harbors in the state will be required to develop five-year master plans in order to receive financial support from the Waterways Commission of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).
In 2015 the team hosted four charrettes (facilitated community planning sessions) in New Baltimore, Au Gres, Ontonagon and Pentwater. The communities underwent a six-month engagement process with the research team to help the research team identify strategies to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability of Michigan’s harbor communities.
The charrettes and additional data collection will be used to develop a financial model that will lead to a toolkit and planning resources to help public harbors pursue financial sustainability. The resources will then be applied at two additional harbors to demonstrate the transferability and use of the toolkit and accompanying documents.
The toolkit will help bridge the gap amongst various public harbors in their varying ability to develop a realistic long-term vision. Special emphasis will be placed on incorporating concepts from Michigan’s “Placemaking” programs (currently led by Michigan State Housing Development Authority) as well as economic development initiatives (such as Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Redevelopment Ready Program) to make the toolkit relevant to today’s need.The project will identify opportunities for both generating revenue and cutting costs, and the economic model will enable communities to measure the financial viability of their harbors.
Example community design charrettes took place in New Baltimore, Pentwater, Au Gres, and Ontonagon in 2015.
Day 1: Introduction presentation to community members and identifying community constraints and cautions.
(A few weeks later)
Day 2: Community members participate in activities identifying strong and weak places, aspects of their community they would like to change, and identifying locations.
Day 3: The design team generates three alternative designs based on information gathered during day 1 and 2. In the evening the public return to vote on their favorite design and give feedback.
Day 4: Community feedback from the previous evening is incorporated into the highest voted alternative and the design is further developed by the design team. The final design is presented to the community and evaluated by them.
(One month later)
Day 5: Final design with additional graphics is presented at a Municipal Meeting.
The community receives a final report containing graphics and descriptions of the alternatives and final design. The process is documented for inclusion in the sustainable small harbor management study.
Donald D. Carpenter, PhD, PE, LEED APProfessor of Civil EngineeringLawrence Technological Universitycarpenter@ltu.edu(248) 204-2549
Sanjiv K. Sinha, PhD, PEVice President & Corporate Director – Water ResourcesEnvironmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.firstname.lastname@example.org
David KnightDavid L. Knight LLCdknight050@gmail.com(734) 975-1214
Matthew BinghamVeritas Economic Consulting, LLCPrincipal Economistmatthew.email@example.com(919) 677-8787
Bill BoikMichigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)Programs and Grants Unit Managerboikw@michigan.gov(517) 284-6086
Jon AllanOffice of the Great LakesDirectorallanj@michigan.gov(517) 284-5035
Emily FinnellOffice of the Great LakesSenior Environmental Quality Specialistfinnelle@michigan.gov(517) 284-5036
Jim TischlerMichigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)Director, Community Developmenttischlerj@michigan.gov(517) 241-0050
Amy SamplesMichigan Sea GrantProject Coordinatorasamples@umich.edu(734) 647-0766
Catherine RisengMichigan Sea GrantResearch Program Manager and Assistant Research Scientistcriseng@umich.edu(734) 936-3622
Mark BreederlandMichigan Sea GrantExtension Educator, Northwest Districtbreederl@msu.edu(231) 922-4628
Glenn PapeMichigan State UniversityExtension Educatorpapeglen@msu.edu(517) 546-3950
Criteria for case studies included type of harbor (shallow draft, harbor of refuge), position relative to the community type (suburban, city, downtown), population size, and current economic condition. One city on each great lake area was chosen.
Community meetings/charrettes identifying strategies to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability of Michigan’s harbor communities.
Early 2016 an economic model and decision making tools and information will be distributed to communities.
The case study will identify strategies to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability in Michigan’s harbor communities.
The study will help economic planning and community development.
New Baltimore, Au Gres, Ontonagon and Pentwater.
MDNR, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Sea Grant, and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
Ideas and input about strategies to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability of Michigan’s harbor communities.
The case study will identify strategies to improve economic, social, and environmental sustainability in Michigan’s harbor communities and provide a model for those communities.
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