Introducing SEMCOG’s newly revised water quality tip cards
Often, as I visit local community offices around Southeast Michigan, I’m greeted with a familiar sight of our water quality campaign on display. The Our Water. Our Future. Ours to Protect. messages have been used throughout the region and the country to let the public know of actions they can take to protect our rivers and lakes.
After 10 years, it was time for a facelift!

In 2015, the TIGER grant program will focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for both urban and rural areas, while emphasizing improved connection to employment, education, services, and other opportunities, workforce development, or community revitalization.

On the federal side
We have spent a lot of time recently talking about the state transportation funding situation. Let’s turn to the federal side of the ledger and see what is happening over there. I wish I could tell you there was better news coming from Washington, but there isn’t. 
What is Plan B?
There is no Plan B on the table – only another opinion on what should be done if this fails. I will continue to repeat this simple truth as the only guarantee you will get. If you vote yes on May 5, the conditions of roads and bridges and to a lesser extent public transit, will get better. If you vote no, they will all continue to get worse. Don’t hold your breath on the legislature agreeing on how to fix this – they have been working for the last 17 years just to get this far.
Pulse of the Region
Please do everything you can to educate yourself about the proposal before you decide how you are going to vote. The last time road agencies received additional funding for road improvements was in 1997 – 18 years ago. There is no guarantee that if this proposal fails, the legislature is going to act any time soon to provide the needed additional funding to help fix our roads. There is no identified Plan B, only the proposal before you. Choose wisely.


Developing Regional Solutions
SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of governmental units serving 4.7 million people in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan striving to enhance the region's quality of life.