Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Suite 501
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941
Voice: (989) 895-4135
Fax: (989) 895-4068
ogarl@baycounty.net

Links and Resources

Governmental

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Environmental Maps
A safe and clean environment is the solid foundation of a healthy community. HUD E-Maps springs from the strong conviction that every American has the right to know about the quality of the environment where they live, work, play and raise their families. HUD E-Maps provides the information necessary to make environmentally informed choices. Armed with this information, families, developers, local, state and federal governments can work in partnership to build healthy and safe communities one backyard at a time. You can reach HUD E-Maps on the web at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/cio/emaps.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
Composed of eleven divisions at the Saginaw Bay District Office, including: Air Quality, Drinking Water and Radiological Protection, Environmental Assisting, Environmental Response, Financial and Business Services, Geological Survey, Land and Water Management, Office of Criminal Investigations, Surface Water Quality, Storage Tank, and Waste Management. You can contact the MDEQ by calling 989-686-8025 or on the web at www.michgian.gov/deq.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for the stewardship of Michigan's natural resources and for the provision of outdoor recreational opportunities; a role it has relished since creation of the original Conservation Department in 1921. The MDNR is the broadest natural resources agency in the United States, with responsibility for fisheries, game, forest fire protection, parks, and water pollution. In 1968, the Department of Natural Resources was created and assigned responsibility for the oversight of all natural resource and environmental issues. You can contact the MDNR at 989-684-9141 or on the web at www.michigan.gov/dnr

Partnership for Saginaw Bay Watershed (PSBW)
The council serves as an advocate for local governments on water quality issues within the twenty-two counties in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. Initiates pro-active educational and hands-on activities. Voluntary association of local governments operating under state statue as a nonprofit organization. You can contact PSBW in Saginaw at 989-797-6804.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
The EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment - air, water, and land - upon which all life depends. For 30 years the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environmental for the American people. You can contact the US EPA on the web at www.epa.gov or the local Michigan Region 5 EPA branch on line at www.epa.gov/region5.

Educational/Recreational

Baysail
Non-profit organization that provides environmental education and sail training programs aboard the topsail schooner Appledore. The 48-passenger ship docks at Wenonah Park and is available for private charter and offers 3-hour public sails on a regular schedule throughout the sailing season (May - October). Proceeds support the educational programs. You can contact Baysail at 989-893-1222.

Chippewa Nature Center, Inc. (CNC)
Nonprofit organization facilitates the enjoyment and understanding of natural, historical, and archaeological resources in the Saginaw Valley. CNC promotes environmental awareness and fosters responsible stewardship on its 1,032 acres of open wetlands, flood plain, upland forest, fields, rivers, ponds trails and Visitors Center. You can contact CNC in Midland at 989-631-0830 or on the web at www.chippewanaturecenter.com.

Ducks Unlimited (DU)
Ducks Unlimited is recognized as the world's largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. DU's memebership stands at over half a million, and it's conservation projects are foun throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico - wherever waterfowl breed, migrate or winter. Dozens of species of ducks, geese, and swans rely on this critically needed habitat year-round. DU is committed to protecting, enhancing, restoring, and managing important wetlands and associated uplands. For more information about Ducks Unlimited you can visit their website at www.ducks.org.

Friends of The Bay City State Recreation Area
Organization formed to promote recreational, educational and interpretive activities at the Bay City State Recreation Area. You can contact this organization by calling 989-894-3878 or on the web at www.michigandnr.com.

Michigan Bird and Game Breeders Association
This association was created with the intent to preserve and propagate all varieties of Ornamental / Game / Cage Birds and Animals. By doing so, we hope that future generations will be able to participate in the beauties of outdoor life. We would hope to further educate our members and the general public with current information about the use of birds and animals for beauty and profit. You can contact the Michigan Association of Game Bird Breeders and Hunting Preserves on the web at www.mbgba.tripod.com/.

National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
NPIC is a cooperative effort of Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has a toll-free telephone service that provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related subjects, including: pesticide poisonings; toxicology; environmental chemistry; referrals for laboratory analyses; investigation of pesticide incidents and emergency treatment information; safety information; health and environmental effects; celan-up and disposal procedures. You can contact the NPTN at Oregon State University at 1-800-858-7378 or on the web at www.npic.orst.edu.

Advisory

Lone Tree Council
A community-based, environmental organization founded in response to the dangers of nuclear power plants. The group continues to work toward cleaner air, water and soil in the Saginaw Valley. The Lone Tree Council can be reached by calling 989-686-6386.

Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI)
Independent nonprofit organization founded to establish an approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects the state?s natural resources. The institute seeks the wise use of land and the protection of Michigan's environment. You can contact the MLUI at 231-882-4723 or on the web at www.mlui.org.

Saginaw Bay Greenways
As core group of WIN memebers came together in 1999 to begin a discussion of a watershed-wide greenways vision. Greenways and greenways systems offer an exciting opportunity to connect people with environmental, economic, cultural and social sites thoughout the region. This effort aims to establish the framework by which a 22-county greenway vision can be both formulated, and implemented, in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. For more information regarding the Saginaw Bay Greenways you can go their website at www.saginawbaygreenways.org.

Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN)
A collaborative network of organizations, individuals, businesses, and communities working together to enhance the quality of life in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. WIN can be contacted in Bay City at 989-662-6024 or on the web at www.saginawbaywin.org.