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The Environmental Services division is responsible for implementing and managing mandated water quality programs to protect our watershed and managing projects of special interests to our Township residents that may have a potential impact on the environment. In addition, it provides plan reviews and technical support for new developments and capital improvement projects in the Township.

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Bloomfield Township Invasive Species Eradication Efforts

Bloomfield Township has recently become a participant in the Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). This non-profit organization consists of 19 communities residing in Oakland County whose goal it has become to control the spread of invasive species through a collaborative effort. The primary role CISMA plays for Bloomfield Township is making available educational and outreach programs, demonstration sites, and collaboration and funding from state and federal grant programs.

Oakland County CISMA was the recipient of a generous funding opportunity from the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) in 2015. The RCOC provided $75,000 to tackle invasive species such as phragmites, swallow wort, and Japanese knotweed within the county’s road right of ways. These invasive species rapidly choke out our native vegetation and nutrients which impacts the ecological health of the wetlands while impeding proper drainage and sight distance along many roadways.
Upon hearing of the funding opportunity given to CISMA, Bloomfield Township’s environmentalist, Charles Markus, drove all public roads in the Township owned by the RCOC in search of phragmite patches. Eight sites were documented in total. Once a map was created of the sites to be treated, Charles submitted his findings to CISMA and the RCOC for approval. As soon as the Township was granted approval, a licensed pesticide applicator company, Vigiplante, was hired by the Township to treat the eight known areas containing phragmites. The treatment proved to be effective as evident in the decay of the plants after two rounds of treatment.

Phragmites is an aggressive species that will regrow if not treated on an annual basis. The purpose of the Oakland County CISMA is to continue to help communities like Bloomfield Township fund a maintenance program for the eradication of invasive species on both public and private properties. The Oakland County CISMA meets once a month to discuss innovative strategies for controlling invasive plants across property lines through collaboration with public and private partnerships.

Some links that are associated with topic:

RCOC Invasive Species Funding
This document is available to view in PDF format. DNR Phragmites Brochure
This document is available to view in PDF format. MSU Extension Phragmite Brochure
This document is available to view in PDF format. Lake and Stream Leaders Institute
This document is available to view in PDF format. How to Maintain your Septic Tank and your Well
This document is available to view in PDF format. Natural Communities of Michigan Photo Tour

Pictures from 2015 treatment:


Before Treatment

After Treatment

Support the E.L. Johnson Nature Center by Becoming a Friend!

Join the Friends of the Johnson Nature Center! The Friends group was recently established to support the E. L. Johnson Nature Center, owned by the Bloomfield Hills School District. The Friends group will provide learning opportunities through exhibits and programs for visitors to the Nature Center and for members. They will serve as docents in the Visitors Center and to help maintain the grounds of the Nature Center, as well as provide funding for exhibits and other needs of the Nature Center. For more information, visit the website

Clean Water and Pet Waste

Dog with tennis ball by lakeSome important tips for keeping our water clean...Remember, you’re not just walking the dog!

Did you know that pet waste contains bacteria that make our lakes and rivers unsafe for swimming and other recreational activities?

Did you also know? There are over 53 million dogs in the United States, which produce 6.3 billion pounds of waste and bacteria per year! Residential lawns and streets are among the highest contributors of bacteria in storm water, which drains directly to our lakes and rivers.

Southeast Michigan loves dogs, too! Nearly one-third of the region's households have at least one dog. This statistic is evident here in Bloomfield Township, where over a thousand dog licenses are issued each year to Township residents.

Most of us pick up after our pets to be good neighbors and keep our yards clean. But there’s another important reason to clean up after our pets. Leaving pet waste on the sidewalk or in the yard means that harmful bacteria can get washed into storm drains and roadside ditches and then flow directly into our lakes and rivers untreated.

What can you do? Simple! No matter where you are, clean up after your pet and dispose of your pet’s waste promptly by throwing it in the trash or toilet.

For more easy steps on protecting our lakes and rivers, visit the "Ours to Protect" site.