City of Kalamazoo

2:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

What really happens after the toilet flushes?

The control room at Kalamazoo's Wastewater Reclamation Plant
Credit Nancy Camden / WMUK

When the City of Kalamazoo built its first wastewater treatment plant to handle the raw sewage that had previously been dumped directly into the Kalamazoo River, it used the simple process of allowing solid material settle to the bottom of collection tanks. But with residents and businesses using more chemicals these days, the process needed to clean up sewage water is much more complex. It is admittedly not something most people think about, or want to. But it is necessary to prevent pollution. 

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SW Michigan
2:26 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Historic Kalamazoo fountain gets grant

The "Fountain of the Pioneers" in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park
Credit WMUK

A plan to restore an historic fountain in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park will get an $83,000 kick start. City officials say they’ve won a grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation in Wisconsin to help pay for work on the “Fountain of the Pioneers”. The City has three years to raise another $166,000 in matching money for the restoration project that's expected to cost up to $2.5 million.

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3:44 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Downtown Kalamazoo festival noise debated

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A city task force heard Monday from those in favor of limiting hours for downtown music events and those who oppose the idea.
Siegel said many bands bring their own sound mixers, and those mixers want the sound to be 105 to 110 decibels at the sound board, which sits about 60 feet from the stage. Siegel said it's up to the band to regulate volume, and the only way to regulate volume is through a decibel reading.