Environmental Board

Meeting Schedule:  2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall

City Staff Liaison:  Christopher Barnes (269) 329-4422

The Environmental Board is a nine-member board tasked to advise City Council on matters pertaining to the environment and matters relating to the protection and enhancement of the groundwater resources of the city. The Environmental Board is available to ensure the appropriate consideration of environmental and groundwater issues as determined necessary by the City Council.

Listed below are agendas and minutes from past Environmental Board Meetings.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 January 14  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 February 10  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 March 9  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 April 14 @ 7 p.m. - Deer Management  Special Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 April 13  Cancelled  -- --
 May 11  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 June 8  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 July - No Meeting Scheduled
 August 10  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 September 14  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 October 12  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 November 9  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 December 14  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
December 9 Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
November 11 Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
October 14 Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
September 9 Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
August 12 (changed to August 19) Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes

The Portage Environmental Board is currently studying existing data and seeking additional input from Portage residents regarding the impact of the deer population in Portage.  On Thursday, April 14, the City of Portage Environmental Board held a public forum to discuss the impact of the local deer population and deer management techniques.  The meeting was well attended, with over 120 individuals hearing about a Deer Survey conducted by the Environmental Science Classes of Kalamazoo Christian High School. A Michigan Department of Natural Resources Deer Specialist, Chad Stewart, also provided a presentation on the subject.

The Environmental Board will continue to study the matter and will eventually develop a recommendation to the City Council as to a course of action.


Thanks to everyone who completed the deer surveys.

Invasive Plant Species Pulls Scheduled

The Portage Environmental Board has scheduled two invasive plant species pulls for Saturday, May 14 at West Lake Nature Preserve and Saturday, June 11 at Schrier Park to help pull the invasive Garlic Mustard plant. The pulls will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Information on identification, removal, and disposal will be provided along with any needed supplies. Interested volunteers may contact the Portage Environmental Board at ruth1281@att.net or the Transportation and Utilities Department at 329-4422 to volunteer or to request additional information. Or just show up.