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 11  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 February 8  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 March 8  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 April 12  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 May 10  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 June 14  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 July 12  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 August 9  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 September 13  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 October 11  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 November 8  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
 December 13  Regular Meeting  Agenda Minutes
December 14 Regular Meeting  Agenda
November 9 Regular Meeting  Agenda
October 12 Regular Meeting  Agenda
September 14 Regular Meeting  Agenda
August 10  Regular Meeting   Agenda

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 April 14, 2016 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 present to hear 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.