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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;


Whitehall Showcased for Community Excellence

Lake Street Reconstruction Project Recognized at Statewide Conference

LANSING, Michigan – The city of Whitehall was among 27 communities showcased on April 9 at the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition during the League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing.

The city’s Lake Street reconstruction project was one of two presentations at the League’s Region 3 Roundtable, which includes all communities in the west-central area of the state’s lower peninsula. The winning entry from Region 3 was Belding’s community garden effort.

Whitehall’s reconstruction of Lake Street has transformed it into the first fully integrated “green street” in the state of Michigan, said City Manager Scott K. Huebler. It integrates bioswales, naturalized detention, filter strips, treatment wetlands, permeable concrete, and permeable pavers to reduce sediments, nutrients, and other contaminants from entering the lake through typical “first flush” stormwater discharge.

The project was accomplished with $420,000 in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Alcoa Foundation. Thanks to this funding partnership, Huebler said, these harmful pollutants will no longer reach the lake: 95 percent of all metals; 90 percent of suspended solids, organics and bacteria; 80 percent of phosphorus and ammonium; and 75 percent of nitrogen.

“The project also includes a breathtaking extension of the city’s pedestrian walkway, enhancing the community’s livability as a quality place,” Huebler said.

The 27 communities participating in this year’s CEA competition are Region 1 (southeast Michigan): Eastpointe, Linden/Fenton/Holly; Grosse Pointe, New Baltimore, Plymouth, Rochester, and Westland; Region 2 (central and southwest Michigan): Albion, Baroda/Bridgman/Berrien Springs, South Haven and St. Joseph; Region 3 (central-west Michigan): Belding and Whitehall; Region 4 (mid-Michigan): DeWitt, Ithaca and Mt. Pleasant; Region 5 (the thumb): Harbor Beach, Imlay City and Lexington; Region 6 (northern portion of the lower peninsula): Rogers City; and Region 7 (upper peninsula): Ironwood, Ontonagon, and Sault Ste. Marie. The winners from each region will now go on to compete for the statewide CEA title during the League’s Annual Convention September 18-20 in Detroit. The seven regional winners are Linden/Fenton/Holly, St. Joseph, Belding, DeWitt, Imlay City, Rogers City, and Ironwood.

The CEA program, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s communities.

For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or

Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.



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