Wet weather sewer project aims to save Michigan’s capital city $230 million

‘Wet Weather’ sewer project aims to save Lansing $230 million by Great Lakes Echo

Lansing residents have a chance to weigh in on the latest suggestion for dealing with city sewage and stormwater.  City administrators say the so-called “Wet Weather” project would combine Lansing’s 20-year old CSO, or “combined sewage overflow” project, with two other similar ones involving sanitary sewer overflow and stormwater. Chad Gamble is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service for the city, and he supports the “Wet Weather” project.  He and others maintain the three initiatives can be successfully combined and would save taxpayers approximately $350 million dollars.

Current State: Michigan’s groundwater at risk

The Great Lakes’ record-low water levels are rightly receiving all of the attention now, but evidence is growing that Michigan’s fragile groundwater resources are quietly becoming a concern for the future. Robert Glennon, professor of law and public policy at the University of Arizona and author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to do About It,” knows Michigan well and shares his insights. Echo has reported on the consequences of drought on Great Lakes groundwater – which can also be seen on this map – and the challenge of measuring its effects. The need for better groundwater conservation continues to be a widely overlooked issue facing the Basin.  

Unwarranted

(WI) Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel – Clean Wisconsin is right about one thing when it comes to Waukesha and water: The city’s possible application for Lake Michigan water will be a test case that will set precedent for communities around the Great Lakes. It needs to be done right, and that includes making sure Waukesha has an appropriate conservation plan in place, as required by the Great Lakes compact. But the environmental group didn’t have to insert itself as an intervenor in the city’s current water rate request to the state Public Service Commission or to ask that the city pay for the intervention. The environmental group could have gotten the same results without intervening, which carries a cost, the possibility of delay and the potential of creating ill will. More

Wildlife poisoning prompts state probe

A white-tailed deer and possibly a bald eagle were victims of a wildlife poisoning in Baraga County this spring.

Although poisoning cases are rare, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials said they want to find out exactly what happened, even if the survey takes an extended period of time.

Michigan bill preserves hunting access; seeks to distinguish land protections for warblers from those of turkeys

By Joe Vaillancourt
Capital News Service

While hunting around 25 years ago, Dennis Fijalkowski used a turkey call on a late April morning in Oscoda County. A turkey called back—but he couldn’t shoot because it hid behind a sign that said Kirtland’s warbler, the rarest bird in Michigan, was known to inhabit the area so all hunting was prohibited. Frustrated, Fijalkowski was forced to skip the turkey, although warblers aren’t there that time of year. Things may soon change for hunters involved in similar scenarios. A resurrected bill would require the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to keep state land open for hunting seasons unless there are legitimate concerns for the environment or hunter.

Potential water raids unite Great Lakes states; adequacy of protection questioned

Matthew Cimitile

Once seen as a region of endless water, the Great Lakes watershed is under stress thanks to inadequate water management, unrestrained growth and other pressures. Climate change stands only to make conditions worse, experts say, as increasingly thirsty neighbors look for additional water and changing weather harms quality and supply. Out of such gloom, however, has emerged what analysts describe as a most significant feat: Earlier this year, after almost a decade of talks, local and state leaders throughout the Great Lakes set aside differences and agreed to coordinate the protection of this vast but finite resource. The Great Lakes Compact, signed into law in October, controls transportation of Great Lakes water to parched areas outside the region. Thrust for this regional resolution came via fears of a 1998 plan by a Canadian firm to transport tankers of Lake Superior water to arid parts of Asia.