For Immediate Release: February 16, 2020Contact:Luke Freeman, Au Gres-Sims High School, firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 989-876-7157, x341 and/or Dale Wiltse, City of Au Gres, email@example.com; Phone: 989-879-8811Au Gres-Sims School District Hosts Community Visioning Meetingfor Riverside Park on February 26This community meeting will take place at the Au Gres-Sims High School inthe Cyber Cafe on February 26, 2020 from 7-8 p.m. The meeting is free to attend anddoes not require registration. The meeting will be hosted by the environmentalscience students at Au Gres-Sims High School. In the meeting, attendees will learnmore about the past, present and future of Riverside Park in Au Gres. These topicsinclude discussion about proposed developments including green infrastructure,bioswales, splash pad, playground equipment, and more. There will also be anopportunity to discuss future development ideas at this meeting.Stormwater is the general name for the water that ends up on the ground andin our rivers and lakes as a result of rainfall and snowmelt. Stormwater picks up salt,dirt, oil and fertilizer from roads, lawns, sidewalks and driveways. Greeninfrastructure uses natural processes to reduce and improve the quality ofstormwater runoff. Green infrastructure is effective, economical, and enhances thecommunity’s safety and quality of life. Bioswales are one type of green infrastructurethat use vegetated, low-lying areas to filter and absorb stormwater runoff. Bioswalesprovide landscaping that, depending on the plant species chosen, can create habitatfor birds, butterflies, and local wildlife.The Au Gres-Sims Environmental Scienceclass is designing a bioswale to be installed near the river at Riverside Park. Thebioswale will intercept stormwater before it reaches the Au Gres River and, as aresult, it will make the water quality of the river and Lake Huron better. Another goalbehind the bioswale is to inspire others in our community to build greeninfrastructure.
This event is supported by Au Gres Sims-School District, City of Au Gres,Great Lakes One Water Partnership, Huron Pines, Northeast Michigan Great LakesStewardship Initiative, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension,and Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network. For any special accommodationsplease contact Meaghan Gass at firstname.lastname@example.org