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Construction has started on the improvements to control deicing materials in storm water runoff at GFIA.  After completion of the 2011 Long-Term Alternatives Report, and receipt of environmental approvals from the MI Department of Environmental Quality and the Federal Aviation Administration, construction started on October 2, 2013.  The project schedule calls for 86 weeks of construction over a two year period.  With completion scheduled for September of 2015, the project will meet the required October 1, 2015 date to eliminate GFIA’s contribution to the development of biofilm in Trout Creek (a tributary to the Thornapple River).  The contractor is Grand Rapids, MI based Kamminga & Roodvoets at a bid of $16,374,610.  The engineer’s estimate was $17,828,625.

GFIA appreciates the role of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee in the development of the recommended program, and for comments received through the project design.  The Committee will continue to meet through completion of the project.


  • Phasing Documents
  • Progress Reports (will be updated periodically)
  • Photos

Stakeholders Advisory committee

  • List of Members
    Brad Boomstra
    Kent County Drain Commissioner
    Lynn Markowski
    Delta Air Lines (Station Manager)
    Tom Meier
    Alticor Aviation
    Erv Gambee
    Thornapple River Watershed Council
    Ryan Grant
    MI Department of Environmental Quality
    Elaine Isely
    West MI Environmental Action Council
    Ken Kranz
    Bill McCarrel
    Airport Neighbors
    Steve Peterson
    Cascade Township
    Robert Beahan Cascade Township
    Jennifer Rabun
    Delta Air Lines Corporate Environmental
    Chris Reed
    Landmark Aviation
    Ben Orange
    United Airlines (Station Manager)
    Jim Dixon
    Thornapple Association
    Scott Rissi
    Cascade Thornapple River Association
    Jim Ferro Ada Township
    Gerald R. Ford International Airport Liaison:
    Thomas Ecklund, Facilities Management Director
    Kent County Department of Aeronautics
    Gerald R. Ford International Airport
    Click here to download a printable membership list.


  • Meeting Documents


  • NPDES Permit Final 2013
  • Environmental Assessment Final; August 2013
  • Evaluation and Selection of Long-Term Control Alternative Report-Aug 2011
  • PowerPoint Presentations


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