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WASHINGTON - Five new Michigan highways - the Grand Rapids South Beltline and 
four proposals for speeding summer travelers Up North - are on a hit list of 
50 wasteful road projects compiled by two national groups. Congress should 
end funding for the projects because they devour both tax dollars and land, 
says the report issued today by the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense 
and the environmental group Friends of the Earth. 
http://mu.mlive.com/la/news/michroad.html

MUSKEGON - Muskegon Lake's fecal bacteria levels are gradually subsiding, 
contractors are putting Eastern Avenue back together, and some final numbers 
on last week's sewer break are coming in. But the biggest questions - what 
caused this latest of three breaks and what must be done to prevent a 
recurrence - remained unanswered one week after a 66-inch pressurized sewer 
main burst near the Muskegon Farmers Market.
http://mu.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/pipe28$01.frm

  BAY CITY - Keeping the Bay County Golf Course green has one Bay County 
Commissioner seeing red. The Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to spend 
$15,000 to tap into Hampton Township's water supply to irrigate the 18-hole 
golf course in Essexville. Officials estimate the water will cost another 
$37,000.
http://bc.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/waterg$01.frm

   The state is threatening to halt work on a golf course along a fragile 
Lake Michigan bluff, but officials won't seek a judge's order until they hear 
the status of negotiations between engineers for the Grand Rapids developer 
and Manistee County. When asked about the possibility of a lawsuit during an 
interview last month, one golf course official said,  "I'll let a circuit 
judge tell DEQ where they can shove it."  Attorney General Jennifer Granholm 
referred to those words Monday. "I'm looking forward to a judge telling him 
where to shove the sediment that he has dumped into the lake," she said. 
"That shows a total disregard for the law. You can fight the law but the law 
will win."
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/3arcadia120801.frm

RICHFIELD TWP. - Recent heavy rains are doing nothing to raise the water 
level of Holloway Reservoir. That's because the extra water is cascading down 
the Flint River through a dam gate stuck in the open position.
http://fl.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/28dam$01.frm

Saginaw's decision to turn off the spigot to new Birch Run development has 
left one resident's lawn high and dry.
http://sa.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/nowater.frm
 
 WASHINGTON - "Sustainability" will be the buzz word in Michigan next week 
when the White House convenes a three-day conference in Detroit on improving 
the quality of urban life. 
 http://www.mlive.com/la/news/sustain.html
 

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The state is threatening to halt work on a golf course along a fragile Lake 
Michigan bluff, but officials won't seek a judge's order until they hear the 
status of negotiations between engineers for the Grand Rapids developer and 
Manistee County. When asked about the possibility of a lawsuit during an 
interview last month, one golf course official said,  "I'll let a circuit 
judge tell DEQ where they can shove it."  Attorney General Jennifer Granholm 
referred to those words Monday. "I'm looking forward to a judge telling him 
where to shove the sediment that he has dumped into the lake," she said. 
"That shows a total disregard for the law. You can fight the law but the law 
will win."
http://gr.mlive.com/recruitment/index_gr.html

WASHINGTON - "Sustainability" will be the buzz word in Michigan next week 
when the White House convenes a three-day conference in Detroit on improving 
the quality of urban life. 
http://www.mlive.com/la/news/sustain.html


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