There are other items that aren’t as visible that the city also takes care of, Janson said.
“We meet and exceed stormwater standards throughout the city,” he said.
Janson said the standards are set by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Janson said the city is also working with local group Wetlands Watch to control invasive phragmites from Harbor Island and along the shores of local waterways.
“It’s actually worse downstream than it is up here,” Janson said of the plant.
Phragmites is a common reed plant that has taken over shorelines, canals, drainage ditches, wetlands and prairies. It out-competes the native plants and creates a monoculture of weeds, reducing biodiversity of plants and animal life.
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