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E-M:/ Bete Grise Bay Wetland fill proposal before Corps

Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org


I don't think this has been posted previously.  There is an application from
the Lake Superior Land Company, a subsidiary of Champion International,
currently under consideration by the Army Corps of Engineers and the DEQ for
permission to fill wetlands to build a road parallelling the shoreline of Bete
Grise Bay on tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.  The Notice is dated January 20,
and comments will be accepted until February 8th.  Send Comments to both US
Army Corps of Engineers and DEQ:

Richard J. Gutleber
US Army Corps of Engineers
Marquette Regulatory Office
1030 Wright Street
Marquette, MI  49855

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
Land and Water Management Division 
P.O. Box 30458 
Stevens T. Mason Building
Lansing, MI 48926

For information call the Corps office at 906-228-2833 (you may wish to get a
copy of the notice which includes maps and descriptions of the proposal).

Below is a description sent to me by one of the folks very concerned about
this area:

"This project would irreparably damange the ecosystem of the northern most
estuary in Michigan.  One of the most "natural" scenic areas of our sttea
would also be lost if Champion develops this property.  Eagles nest in this
area, alon with many other types of flora and fauna.  Champion plans a
development along the beach.  This is a very unique and fragile area ....
Champion WANTS THIS DEVELOPED.... If a road is allowed in and the development
occurs a very special ecosystem will be lost."  The writer also observed that
Champion has not considered efforts to bring the land into state ownership in
the past.

Anne Woiwode

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