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Village of Sebewaing Sea Kayaking, Walking, and Recreation Study (2018)

Project Details

Student-Led, Faculty Guided Project - 2018

Author: MSU School of Planning Design and Construction


The Village of Sebewaing is in the beginning stages of their first Master Plan in over thirty years. To include the Village's wonderful yet underutilized natural resources, this plan will take into account factors unique to Sebewaing. Due to budget constraints, this fiscally distressed community is seeking the help of the MSU Urban and Regional Planning Practicum Program, to incorporate a kayak presence and walking path into attainable goals within the Village of Sebewaing Master Plan. Students will help evaluate current kayak and walking trends, analyze data for feasibility, identify the best potential site(s), and formulate strategies for implementation to create a more navigable community for residents and visitors alike. This has the potential to spur future revitalization and economic growth for downtown Sebewaing and surrounding areas.


Melanie McCoy Melanie McCoy

Melanie McCoy has been involved in the Construction, Operation and Management of Power Generation facilities for over 35 years. She is currently the Superintendent of Sebewaing Light and Water, a Municipal Utility in the Thumb of Michigan providing electricity, water and internet to its 1,700 residents. Sebewaing became the first "Gigabit" Community in Michigan in 2015. Prior to Sebewaing she was General Manager in Wyandotte, MI where an Integrated Renewable Energy Program was initiated. This program included solar, geothermal, and energy efficiency. A Mechanical Engineer from Lehigh University, Melanie previously served as Plant Manager and then Director of Environmental Projects at DTE Energy.

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