CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - The Gerald R. Ford Airport says it has a plan to keep stormwater and runoff from the airport from polluting the Thornapple River.
Ford Airport's current system allows runoff -- including the chemical used to de-ice runways -- to flow directly into a small stream connected to the river, which in 2011 caused some who lived near the airport to complain the de-icer was killing wildlife in connected Trout Creek.
Thursday, the airport released its plan to build what it calls a "natural treatment system." The system will collect stormwater runoff and naturally remove sediments and pollutants before it runs into the Thornapple River.
The idea comes out of a committee the airport put together of airport neighbors, environmentalists, airline representatives, economic leaders and others that was tasked with coming up with a long-term way to manage the runoff.
The airport also says it has reduced the amount of de-icer carried away by vacuuming the excess on airport grounds before it reaches the storm drain.
Construction on the treatment system is scheduled to begin late this year and be completed in late 2015.
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