Donors Support MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure and Engineering Study on Flooding
July 6, 2021
Midland area community organizations and businesses have made donations to the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) Advisory Committee on Infrastructure in order to support an engineering study on flooding in the Tittabawassee River Watershed, as well as advocacy and communication efforts. The committee co-chairs, J.W. Fisher and Lee Ann Keller, shared the list of initial donors:
- Charles J. Strosacker Foundation
- Dow Company Foundation
- Fisher Companies
- Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation
- Midland Area Community Foundation
- MidMichigan Health
- Patricia and David Kepler Foundation
- Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
- Three Rivers Corporation
“These local organizations and companies are laying the foundation for future infrastructure improvements that should make a significant difference in the Midland area – helping citizens, businesses, jobs and economic development,” said Keller.
“We are grateful for this local support of nearly $1 million to help fund our efforts. One of these key expenditures would be funding Midland County’s 50 percent in-kind portion of a hydrological and hydraulic study of the watershed – in collaboration with the United States Army Corps of Engineers,” said Fisher.
The MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure has a broad mandate to examine any infrastructure issue that impacts the quality of life and economic vitality of the Midland area. Legacy flooding challenges and related sanitary sewer issues are the first areas of focus. The committee is charged with finding the best ways to work with local, state and federal partners to address the longstanding flood issues that impact the citizens, business community and economic development in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR).
The advisory committee is currently in the initial planning phase with Midland County officials and the Corps of Engineers. The goal is to collaborate with the Corps of Engineers on the study and eventual flood mitigation efforts. The committee will fund the County’s share of the study by hiring firm(s) to collaborate with the Corps of Engineers and/or by direct contribution. The funds already raised would pay for the 50 percent in-kind support for this engineering study, with the other half expected to be funded by the Corps of Engineers.
“A reduction in the severity of floodwaters would help with Midland’s challenges around flooding and sanitary sewers,” said Brad Kaye, Midland City Manager and an ex officio (non-voting) member of the advisory committee. “We appreciate the support from the corporations and charitable organizations to enable future improvements.”
“We were interested in working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to see what could be done about the floods that continue to plague our residents,” said Bridgette Gransden, Administrator/Controller, County of Midland, and an ex officio member of the advisory committee. “Knowing that we would have the financial support for this important study – that our share would be covered – is a relief and allows us to move to the next step when we’re ready.”
“The engineering study will provide the data that experts can use to develop options for future improvements,” said Fisher. “We hope to have a variety of options for infrastructure projects to help with flood mitigation, as well as ways to build resilience in the face of future flood events.”