Ottawa County Water Assessment & Survey


Ottawa County is currently experiencing declining levels of groundwater and rising levels of chlorides within the bedrock aquifer.

As part of its campaign to address these issues, the County is partnering with the West Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (WMNLA) and other organizations to implement a regionalized training and credentialing program for nursery, landscape, and irrigation professionals that focuses on practices and techniques designed to reduce water consumption in planned landscapes. Additional program benefits will likely include certification of endorsement by the County to help promote the water-conscious efforts of program participants along with other promotional opportunities.

The following anonymous survey is intended to help the County and its partners develop this training program in a way that will be most useful to you, our local nursery, landscape, and irrigation professionals. Your participation and feedback will be used to create an effective, impactful, and mutually beneficial program.


Paul Sachs  |  Director

Department of Planning and Performance Improvement
12220 Fillmore Street, Room 260 |  West Olive, MI 49460
P 616-738-4852  |



Landscape, Lawncare & Greenhouse Restrictions Lifted

Some great news!

Effective immediately, the new executive order (2020-59) enacted by Governor Whitmer this afternoon replaces the most recent executive order (2020-42) which allows for Landscaping, Lawncare and Nursery companies to get back to work provided they follow strict social distancing rules and PPE protocol.

As we all rush to get back to work, it will be very important that each of us clearly communicate a work plan for keeping our teammates, customers and the public at large safe. With that in mind, I have heard from a number of businesses who have enacted strong new work protocol and thought I would share the good work practices I have been hearing about.

*Provide face mask or cloth face covering for each employee for use while inside buildings, or shared vehicle (required under new executive order).

*Check temperature of each employee at the start of each day (touchless, instant read thermometers are readily available online).

*1 person per vehicle if at all possible; face covering for each occupant if 2 people in one vehicle; 3 people per vehicle NOT allowed.

*Every vehicle to be disinfected at the end of each day.

*Avoid sharing tools if possible; all shared tools are to be sanitized with new user.

*Use disposable gloves for fueling.

*Stagger start times as possible to limit the amount of people in a building at one time.

*When on a client’s property, do not sit on patio chairs, benches, ect.

*Use minimal touch procedure to leave door hangers.

*Call customer upon arrival, do not go to door.

This is NOT a comprehensive list but they are all easy ways for us to protect ourselves as we go about our work. I have also attached a few lists recently sent out by the MNLA that lay out good work practices targeted at Landscape contractors, Lawncare contractors and Garden Center/Nurseries.

Stay safe,

Keith Hogan

WMNLA board president

Arborist at Bartlett Tree Experts

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

ISA Certified Arborist MI 4198A

Bartlett Tree Experts – Grand Rapids/Lakeshore Office

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Legislative Update with Amy Upton, MNLA Executive Director, The Holland Oz Project

“The Holland Oz Project – the development and details of a living sculpture story”


Presented by:

Allison Jesky, Hope College

Linda Hart, Holland Area Convention and Visitor Bureau

Jamie Scott, City of Holland

Wednesday, January 8
11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
At Hope College, Maas Center,264 Columbia Ave, Holland Mi 
Lunch $15, RSVP or 616-402-4885

In this panel presentation the Holland in Bloom committee members, Allison, Linda, and Jamie will discuss the details of “The Wonderful Wizard of OZ” living mosaic book. Located in Holland’s Centennial Park, this was a first of its kind in mid-western America as an innovative approach to horticulture display. This was one part of “The Holland Oz Project”, which launched in the summer of 2019 and quickly became the most photographed spot within the area. You will learn the how and why this project was created. The process that was required for it to happen. As well as the maintenance needs and challenges.


20th Annual Scholarship WMNLA Golf Outing

56golfers participated in the 20th annual WMNLA Golf Outing at  Crestsview Golf Club.. Everyone enjoyed a day of wonderful weather, companionship with peers, good golf, and raised over $3000 for WMNLA Scholarships and Education Grant Funds.


The winning golf team was Mattson Landscape: Brian Mattson, George Slater, Matt Strong and Kurt Kugler.

WMNLA would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring meals, holes or providing prizes.
Event Sponsors: Bosch’s Landscape & Lawn Specialties and EcoGreen Supply.
Dinner Sponsor: Landscape Design
Lunch Sponsor: Bartlett Tree Experts
Snack Sponsor: BFG Co.

Hole Sponsors:
Bartlett Tree Services
B&B Trucking
BFG Supply Co
Dykstsra Landscape Mgt.
Evergreen Acres LLC
Evergreen Sprinkling
Grand Valley State University
Hope College
Mattson Landscape
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Wood Fibers
Michigan Turf & Ornamental
Specialty Gardens
Walters Gardens


Prize Donors
Bartlett Tree Experts
Grand Valley State University
Maple Hill Golf Club
The Meadows Golf Club
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Specialty Gardens
Vandenberg Hort
Wallinwood Spring Golf Club
Walters Gardens