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E-M:/ gov to create water board

Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>

Today's Detroit Free Press reports Governor Engler is going to create a
water quality monitoring board.

The article is at:

The purpose of the board will be to "keep track of water quality statewide,
to see where water quality is getting better and if it's getting worse,
find out why," Engler's spokesperson said late Wednesday.

Of course, we were able to keep track of water quality in Michigan until
the Governor slashed monitoring budgets in the first half of the 1990s,
only to be criticized by the state Auditor General for decimating the
program.   Then, under MEC and legislative pressure, DEQ developed a water
monitoring strategy that called for $3.2 million more per year.  The
Governor recommended $500,000 per year.

Now the Administration is seeking to take $45 million of the $90 million in
unobligated clean water funding from last year's bond to pay for the
monitoring it previously cut.  Monitoring is important, but not at the
expense of cleanup.

Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

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