Midland Area Community Foundation and Long-Term Recovery Group to host Midland Business Alliance’s Committee on Infrastructure in next Flood Recovery SessionAugust 9th, 2021
In conjunction with the Long-Term Recovery Group, Midland Area Community Foundation will be featuring J.W. Fisher and Lee Ann Keller from the Midland Business Alliance’s Committee on Infrastructure during the August 12, 2021 Flood Recovery Session via Zoom at 10:30 AM.
“We are very fortunate in the Great Lakes Bay Region to have foundations and corporations that recognize the need for answers to long-term issues like the flooding that has harmed citizens, businesses, jobs and the overall economic development in our region,” said Lee Ann Keller, Co-chair of the MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure. “With the support of organizations like the Midland Area Community Foundation, we are able to collaborate with Midland County officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the important hydrologic/hydraulic study of the Tittabawassee River Watershed.”
The MBA Board of Directors formed this committee to examine any infrastructure issue that impacts the quality of life and economic vitality of the Midland area. As its first task, the MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure is charged with finding the best ways to work with local, state and federal partners to address longstanding flood issues that impact the citizens, business community and economic development in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Two areas of concern are the legacy challenges of severe flooding throughout Midland County and surrounding areas, as well as sanitary sewer issues in Midland.
“To begin an endeavor of this scale, with the long-term goal of flood mitigation and strengthening the resiliency of our area, we need to be clear on where we are today,” said J.W. Fisher, Co-chair of the MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure. The committee is currently in the initial planning phase with Midland County officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The goal is to collaborate with the Corps of Engineers on a study and eventual flood mitigation efforts. “An engineering study of the current watershed will allow the experts to develop options for future improvements,” he said.
Flood Recovery Sessions are open to everyone. Attendees are required to register for sessions at midlandfoundation.org/zoomintoflood. Sessions are held monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Sessions are recorded for on-demand viewing on the Community Foundation’s YouTube channel for those unable to attend. To view any past sessions, please visit midlandfoundation.org/zoomintoflood or visit ReliefMidland.org.
For more information about the Community Foundation’s involvement with the Long-Term Recovery Group, follow Midland Area Community Foundation on Facebook, or call the Community Foundation at 989-839-9661.