Environmental Board


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. Everyone is invited to attend the meetings.

Regular Meetings

  • Link to Notify Me Registration Page7 p.m.
  • 2nd Wednesday of every month  (no meeting in July)
  • City Hall
    7900 S Westnedge Avenue
    Portage, MI 49002

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Volunteer for a Garlic Mustard Pull

Garlic mustard is a plant native to Europe that was introduced in North America by settlers. They used the plants for medicinal purposes and cooking.  Garlic mustard is an upright plant that grows up to four feet in early spring.  It blooms the second year of growth with small white flowers with four petals that are clustered at the top of the stalk.  

Each garlic mustard plant can produce thousands of seeds that spread easily by wind or on animals or humans. The plants grow very quickly, choking out native vegetation and can create a permanent change in the natural habitat of other plants and animals. Fortunately, garlic mustard can be uprooted easily, but it should only be removed in early spring.

The City of Portage and the Portage Environmental Board with the help of community volunteers conduct garlic mustard pulls every spring in several Portage parks. Volunteers identify and locate garlic mustard plants then remove and properly dispose of the plants.



To receive information on future pulls, subscribe to the Environmental Board category on the City's Notify Me system or check back on this web page each spring.

No sign up necessary. (If you are planning a large group or corporate outing, please call 329-4422 to coordinate.) Gloves are provided but bring your own if you wish. Dress comfortably be prepared to get a little dirty.  Bring a refillable water bottle.

Cancellations for weather will be announced via Notify Me.  Sign up or sign in using your email address and subscribe to the Environmental Board Category.