We are proud of the work we do in the community - you can see it in the extensive work we have done to help revitalize Detroit, in the pro-bono work we've done to rehabilitate natural habitats and in our community service activities throughout the year. Some of the initiatives we’ve been involved with are Adopt-a-Highway, Lansing River Clean Up, ESD's Future City and SMArT competitions, DTE Thaw and many more.
Two recent initiatives have been documented by our staff members who participated.
2018 Flint River Stewardship Day for the Flint River Watershed Coalition
On April 28, Hunter Riley, an NTH Environmental Technician, volunteered at the Thread Lake location (one of 12 volunteer sites). He was part of a small team that helped removed a boating dock and to pick up trash along Thread Lake. This year would mark the 8th year that the locals had volunteered to clean up Thread Lake. One of the locals mentioned that the river water level was extremely low due to the Thread Lake Dam being damaged. Historically, the Thread Lake Dam and the river was very important to the community because ice would be cut from the river and would be stored in ice houses in the early 1900s.
Since the water level was so low, debris that was normally underwater was visible and removed. During the clean-up, volunteers not only encountered the “normal” findings (like plastic or glass bottles, fishing lines, and general trash) but unusual findings as well. They removed a buried bowling bowl, an old cash register machine, a 55-gallon drum, shot gun, various car parts (large & small), and even a 5 foot stuffed gorilla!
Holland Drug Take Back - Holland Board of Public Works and Holland Department of Public Safety
Also in April, Chris Occhipinti, an NTH Project Professional, volunteered for the Holland Drug Take Back Program. Chris worked with representatives from Holland Board of Public Works and Holland Department of Public Safety to gather expired medications from the public. The activity helps prevent old prescriptions from being abused, accidently taken, or flushed down the toilet into HBPW’s sewer system. They recovered enough pills to fill several trash bins, several Rubbermaid boxes of liquid medicines, and a couple of trash bins full of pill bottles for recycling.
You can read more on the VTO program here: http://www.nthconsultants.com/vto.html and if you have a community event that you would like NTH consider for our VTO program, you can contact VTO@nthconsultants.com.