The annual Clean the Ferndale Up is the City's annual spring spruce-up event, where community members join staff and elected officials to rake, garden, repair, and beautify areas of our fair city. Join the movement by volunteering for the cleanup, bring your recyclables to the on-site drop-off station, or simply use the opportunity to clean your own yard. Cleanup projects this year include the Veteran’s Memorial, downtown Ferndale, and a selection of city parks.
Saturday, May 18, 2019. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.; event is 8:45 a.m.–noon.
Meet at Ferndale City Hall; cleanup events occur throughout the city.
To help with planning, we ask that you register to attend Clean the Ferndale Up beforehand. Register now.
Everyone! Our event routinely sees involvement from residents, friends, families (supervised children are absolutely welcome), local businesses, and community groups. Physical limitations are not an issue; there are tasks for all, and we all work at our own speeds. These cleanups are fun and spirited for all!
Gardening attire—t-shirt, blue jeans, and boots or sneakers—are best. If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, rake, or shovel. We also suggest sunscreen and water bottle.
For additional questions or information, please contact Michael Lary, Director of Special Events & Projects, at 248-546-2361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of Clean the Ferndale Up, the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) are pleased to host a temporary recycling drop-off station in the City Hall Parking Lot (#11) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.
Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.
Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.
February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.
For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
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