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- Subject: E-M:/ Drain Code Hearings
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Julie Stoneman)
- Date: 10 Oct 1997 16:45:05 -0400
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: email@example.com (Julie Stoneman)
Enviro-Mich message from firstname.lastname@example.org (Julie Stoneman)
***Public Hearings Scheduled for Drain Code Revisions*****
Representative Howard Wetters, D-Kawkawlin, has scheduled
five field hearings to gather input on revisions to the 40 year
old Michigan Drain Code. His bill, HB 4337, is one of three
introduced in the legislature; Rep. Mike Green, R-Mayville,
and Sen. Joel Gougeon, R-Bay City, also introduced HB 4174
and SB 122 respectively. Wetters will control the debate in
the Democrat controlled House, Gougeon the debate in the
The field hearings on Wetters' HB 4337 gives the conservation
and environmental community a great opportunity to call for
much needed reform. A new draft of HB 4337 is under preparation,
but it will likely fall short of the changes needed to bring the
code into the 21st century of watershed management and
planning. Proposed revisions continue to focus on engineered
draining as the only means of managing water quantity instead
of low cost, low tech alternatives.
*****Drain Code Public Hearings*****
Thursday, October 16, 1997 -- 6:00 - 7:00PM
Vienna Township Hall
3400 W. Vienna Rd.
Clio, MI 48420
Hosted by Rep. Bogardus
Monday, October 20, 1997 -- 6:30 - 7:30PM
Frenchtown Township Hall
2744 Vivian Rd.
Monroe, MI 48162
Hosted by Rep. Owen
Friday, October 24, 1997 -- Noon - 1:00PM
37 Austin St
Sandusky, MI 48471
Hosted by Rep. Rhead
Friday, November 7, 1997 -- Noon - 1:00PM
201 W. Kalamazoo, 2nd Floor
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Hosted by Rep. LaForge
Monday, November 10, 1997 -- 6:00 - 7:00PM
514 N. New St
Stanton, MI 48888
Hosted by Rep. DeVuyst
Critical provisions that must be part of the revision:
* A framework for watershed planning and management
must be integrated into the code. The code should also
be reformed to encourage and promote action by citizens
and individuals to protect or restore degraded riparian habitat.
* Drain commissioners must be held legally accountable for
* Drain improvements--which can include relocating, widening,
deepening, straightening, tiling or extending a drain--are activities
that can have significant environmental and natural resource
impacts and must be subject to environmental rules and standards.
* Criteria for determining the necessity and practicality of
new drains or major drain improvements must require evaluation
of alternative techniques to conserve, allocate, and use the
waters including storage and retention of drainage waters as
well as the overall environmental impact. Requirements
should be in place to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts
on aquatic and terrestrial resources.
* Undeveloped public lands or privately held nature
preserves and lands with permanent conservation easements
maintained for the protection of wildlife and recreation
do not benefit from drainage. These lands should not be
drained or assessed for drainage without specific permission
from the landowners.
* Training and education programs in watershed management
and alternative measures to managing water quantity
must be provided for drain commissioners once elected
to office. The Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Quality
and Natural Resources should be charged with developing
a training manual designed to allow for the best
management practices for watershed quality.
* New development should have the burden of showing
that there will be no significant impact on water quality and
quantity or need for drain improvements to an existing
drain. If unable to show, new development should be
assessed the cost of any needed drain work.
Contact Julie at email@example.com or 517-487-9539.
Director of Land Programs
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Dr., Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
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