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Important Notice


Dec. 17,2020
EGLE Media Office,, 517-284-9278

Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to update Oscoda residents on PFAS investigation

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) will update residents in the Oscoda area on its continuing investigation of PFAS contamination near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base and Oscoda area sites on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

MPART representatives from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS); and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with District Health Department No.2 will host the virtual community meeting on Jan. 19, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

The meeting is planned as an online event, rather than an in-person meeting to comply with current state measures designed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

To register for and participate in the 6:00 – 8:00 pm online meeting, visit the website

Individuals without internet access can listen to the meeting by calling this tollfree number, 312-626-6799 and entering the conference code 884 0373 0798#.

After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

The meeting will be recorded and posted along with materials within a few days and can be viewed on the website

For questions about the Wurtsmith Air Force Base investigation, contact Beth Place, EGLE, at or call her at 517-899-7524. For questions about the Oscoda Area investigations, contact Amanda Armbruster, EGLE, at or call her at 989-450-6377. For questions related to PFAS and health, contact Puneet Vij, MDHHS at or call him at 517-582-4104 or 800-648-6942 and ask for Puneet.

Individuals needing language assistance or accommodations for effective participation at the meeting should contact Beth Place by Jan. 5, 2021 to request language, mobility, visual, hearing, translation, or other assistance.

EGLE does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, color, marital status, disability, political beliefs, height, weight, genetic information, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its programs or activities and prohibits intimidation and retaliation, as required by applicable laws and regulations.



Strategic Plan 2019

Oscoda Township has a new and improved Strategic Plan!!
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Welcome to a Place Where the Opportunities for Recreation and Relaxation Naturally Abound

Set peacefully along the shores of beautiful Lake Huron and the mighty AuSable River, Oscoda offers more than 120 square miles of pure Michigan. 
From canoeing to sunbathing, the natural destinations of our community provide activities for water enthusiasts of all varieties. For visitors whose interests are more land-oriented, Oscoda's downtown district includes an assortment of eclectic shopping and renown restaurants. And lovers of history and the outdoors alike know Oscoda as the home of the famous Lumberman's Monument located in the Lake Huron National Forest.

Oscoda's natural resources have always played an important role in the community, even as local industry has changed over the years. The area was first settled in the late 1860s. Originally named, AuSable, the town was renamed based on the writings of Henry Schoolcraft, who named it after the American Indian words "Ossim" and "Muscoda," meaning "Pebbly Prairie." Oscoda played a major role in the distribution of lumber on the Great Lakes during the lumbering era. Today, our primary industry is tourism thanks to the abundance of year-round recreational activities available to residents and visitors, such as camping, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and more.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the beauty, the amenities and the fun of Oscoda Township. We welcome you to enjoy all our community has to offer...naturally.

Oscoda Downtown River Family Recreation
Oscoda River
Oscoda Family Recreation

Small Business Survival Grant Program




$55 Million Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to Open Application Jan. 19




The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved the $55 million Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the recent COVID-19 emergency “gatherings and face mask orders.” The program was part of Senate Bill 748 signed into law by Governor Whitmer on Dec. 29, 2020.

The application period for the grant will open at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and run through Noon EST on Friday, Jan. 22. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to businesses that are fully closed, with grants of up to $15,000 awarded to businesses that have been partially closed, or otherwise are open and can demonstrate an impact. All applications received during this period will be reviewed by the 15 economic development organizations, representing all 83 counties, that will serve as the administrators of these grants; funding is not first come, first serve.

Details on program guidelines, eligibility requirements and resources to help businesses prepare for the application process ahead of time are available at











$3.5 Million Available for Live Event Venue Grants




The Michigan Strategic Fund also approved the $3.5 million Michigan Stages Survival Grant program to provide relief to live music and entertainment venues that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was part of Senate Bill 748 signed into law by Governor Whitmer on Dec. 29, 2020.

The application period for the grant will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 and run through Noon EST on Thursday, Jan. 28 with grants of up to $40,000 awarded to eligible venues. All applications received during the application period will be reviewed by the Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association, who will recommend final grant awards to the MEDC by Feb. 28 for disbursement.

Details on program guidelines, eligibility requirements and resources to help businesses prepare for the application process ahead of time are available at











Michigan UIA Begins Paying $300 Supplemental Benefit Payments




The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has started issuing $300 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) payments to an estimated 365,000 claimants on regular state unemployment insurance and Extended Benefit programs this past weekend. The PUC supplement, which is payable from Dec. 27, 2020 through March 13, 2021, provides an additional $300 per week to all eligible unemployment recipients who receive at least $1 for the week. Claimants do not need to take any action to receive this additional weekly benefit, it will be paid automatically after they certify.











Employee Assistance Grants Application Process to Open Jan. 15




The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation announced it will administer the application process for the Employee Assistance Grants under Senate Public Act 257 of 2020. Employees impacted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on Nov. 18, 2020 are eligible to apply for one-time grants up to $1,650 during the application period of Jan. 15-25.

Employees in the hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors in Michigan are eligible to apply online at beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 15 with applications due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 25.











New MDHHS Epidemic Order Allows Indoor Group Exercise, Non-Contact Sports




The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated its epidemic order to allow reopening of additional activities where Michiganders can remain masked and socially distanced, including indoor group exercise and non-contact sports. The new order is effective Saturday, Jan. 16 and will last until Sunday, Jan. 31.

The epidemic order continues to temporarily pause indoor dining in bars and restaurants, but they can continue to offer outdoor dining, carry-out and delivery. The working plan is to open indoor dining with mitigation measures, capacity limits and a curfew on Feb. 1. Additional details on the reopening pathway are expected next week.











SBA Launches New, Free Online Digital Learning Platform




U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the launch of Ascent, a first-of-its-kind, free digital e-learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. Ascent has valuable content such as tips on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and business financial strategy development. Ascent is a joint initiative between the White House, the SBA, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.











Additional Resources Available Online




Access additional COVID-19 resources for businesses and communities by visiting Read more about programs supporting economic recovery for Michigan businesses by visiting

Visit to find other valuable resources for employers, workers, residents and communities.








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