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.
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. A review of the number of car / deer crashes within the city limits over the last seven years reveals a decreasing trend in the number of accidents. Combined with the effects of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) on the deer herd in Southwest Michigan in 2012, the data seems to indicate a decrease in the deer population in Portage. However, the Environmental Board will continue to track data for the purposes of developing recommendations to the City Council.
Portage citizens can help by completing a quick online survey about deer activity in Portage. Click on this link to share your information:
Your information will help shape future decisions about managing the deer population in Portage.