5/3/2013 11:10:00 AM College natural area temporarily closed
Submitted to Harbor Light Newspaper
North Central Michigan College's Natural Area will be temporarily closed from May 6 through June 14 to continue the excavation and landscaping of the new two-pond storm water retention area. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative awarded Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and North Central a federal grant of $300,000 to rebuild the storm water retention pond in the Natural Area, thereby providing cleaner water to the Bear River Watershed.
The new storm water wetland will consist of a two pond system. Storm water will flow in to the first basin, the sediment forebay, where sediments will settle out and then will move through to the second basin, which is constructed to simulate a natural wetland with native wetland plants and other features. Construction will be divided into two phases, in order to minimize disruptions to the existing wetland ecosystem. Once the storm water wetland is in place, signage and a nature trail will be developed so that the area can be used for educational and recreation purposes.
The main entrance to the Natural Area off the southwest corner of the Student and Community Resource Center parking lot will be closed to the public during the excavation. For more information about the project, contact Rick Barber, director of adjunct faculty at North Central Michigan College, at 231-348-6812.