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E-M:/ Fw: Addendum to (RE: House Bill 4516)
- Subject: E-M:/ Fw: Addendum to (RE: House Bill 4516)
- From: "Delavan Sipes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 10:36:02 -0400
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Delavan Sipes" <email@example.com>
For all of you EnviroMich followers, I sent this
addendum to Representative Brackenridge today. If you have comments on
House Bill 4516, send them to Rep. Brackenridge and Rep.
Some additional comments on the note sent to you
Higgins Lake is not denying the public the use
of the lake. It has two state parks with launch sites
and yet a third public launch site.
It not a typical Michigan lake. It is considerably
larger than most, and there are only six lakes in the lower peninsula that are
larger. Because of this uniqueness, I do not believe Higgins Lake problems
to be a state issue. Their issues should be resolved at the local
level. There are several townships around Higgins Lake, and those Boards
of Trustees are the people who should be working in concert on these
I am not saying that keyholing is not a problem on smaller
lakes. It is a problem that becomes more emphatic on smaller lakes.
Such development for the sake of a few tax dollars is destroying our inland
lakes. Let me take you on a mental tour of tour of Paw Paw
The year is 1940. Motorboats are few. There a many
sailboats, canoes and rowboats. The shoreline abounds with natural
vegetation, i.e., grasses, swamp buttercup, cattails, etc.,. The near
shore littoral zone has acres of pond lilies, reeds, cattails, etc.,. The
shoreline habitat supports frogs, insects and aquatic life necessary to sustain
the ecosystem. There are a few steamers, like the Honeymoon, Margaret and
others, that pick up passengers at the Ellinee and transport them to the various
hotels around the lake, and there are private homes on the lake. Ellinee,
Crystal Palace and Woodward Pavilions all provide dancing nightly with big
bands. Along with this idyllic setting was a portent of things to
come. Septic systems dumped raw sewage in the lake.
The year is 1998. There are 828 boats with motors on the
lake and another 355 personal watercraft. It is a safety issue when any of
the 393 unpowered watercraft try to take to the lake on a busy day. The
456 private homes are spread over 48,891 feet of shoreline. Their are six
condominium complexes (185 families) on 2500 feet of shoreline, and a developer
fighting to put between 45 - 90 more families on the lake.
People who don't understand the need for a shoreline habitat,
tear out the weeds and cover the bottom with sand. There has been no local
effort to exert control and the new DEQ/DNR does not have the people power to do
High speed boating creates huge waves exceeding the magnitude
of storm waves. They roll in to shore from all directions and rapidly
erode property frontage. In an effort to restore their land, people
install breakwalls (seawalls) to prevent the erosion. These reflect the
energy of the waves back into the lake where they join with other waves and
increase the erosion elsewhere on the lake, resulting in more seawalls with
further loss of natural habitat. The developer wants to dredge a part of
one of two remaining wetlands, which are the only pike spawning areas
remaining. A flood control dam prevents flooding of low lying homes, many
of which were built on fill over wetland, but they should never have been built
there at all.
There are hundreds of reasons why the use of a lake should be
limited, and next to none that support turning it into a sterile swimming pool
and high density boat dockage.
Very truly yours.