The Parchment Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 6pm in Parchment City Hall.
The public is welcome to attend.
City Commission Meeting – Wednesday, February 6 2023. A Work Session for the 2023-2024 Budget will immediately follow the Commission Meeting
The meeting will be held in-person at Parchment City Hall, 650 S Riverview Drive, at 7 pm.
The public is welcome to attend.
Commerce Lane/Railroad Trestle Restoration Project
The Commerce Lane/Railroad Trestle project proposes to combine riverbank restoration efforts
along Commerce Lane with the alteration of the city-owned railroad trestle to improve River
flow. The Commerce Lane railroad trestle crosses the Kalamazoo River on a diagonal from west
to east, and due to the spacing of its supporting structure has often caused a pile-up of river
debris and has altered and impeded river flow.
The removal of the trestle to improve river flow and offer wildlife viewing opportunities
combined with a riverbank restoration project in the area along Commerce Lane would offer a
very visible model for environmental remediation along the river corridor.
Urban Wildlife Corridor
In its initial stages, this Urban Wildlife Corridor project would identify and prioritize critical
riverine, riparian and upland areas for resource restoration, inventory current populations of
plants and animals, develop a focused “pockets of recovery” plan, and carry out recovery and
resource enhancement in designated areas.
In the longer term, Urban Wildlife Corridor restoration projects offer the opportunity to develop
public awareness of the river and its surroundings as an important environmental resource.
Varied projects including coordinated river access points for kayaks and canoes, development
of wildlife viewing trails, birding trails with handicap access, pollinator pathways, a nest box trail
through the region, and an increased opportunity for more passive enjoyment of the river with
enhanced picnicking spots and observational platforms and sites would all contribute to a
growing public awareness of and appreciation for the river as a regional asset.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program protects the surface waters of the state by assuring that discharges comply with state and federal regulations. Anyone discharging to surface water of the state are required to make application for and obtain a valid NPDES permit.
The City of Parchment (City) is committed to ensuring that stormwater runoff from its roadways and facilities complies with all federal and state environmental regulatory requirements.
The City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Individual Permit (MI00600184), hereafter referred to as the MS4 Permit, is issued through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and is administered at the State-level by the EGLE. The City’s program is part of the Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), authorized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Clean Water Act. This permit replaces and supersedes previous coverage under the MS4 General Permit.
Parchment’s MS4 Permit is applicable for five years and effective from August 20, 2018 to October 1, 2022. It authorizes stormwater discharges from City of Parchment’s MS4 service area to surface waters within the City Limits.
The City service area is regulated by the MS4 Permit covers any separate storm sewer system owned and/or operated by Parchment and located within census urbanized areas (CUAs) of Michigan identified in the 2010 Census by the U.S. Census Bureau.
This is the City of Parchments permit application that has been approved by EGLE. Comments or questions can be directed to the City Manager at email@example.com.