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Enviro-Mich message from Julie Stoneman <juliemec@voyager.net>
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My apologies.  The first hearing on HB 4803 (H-1), the bill to amend the
Michigan drain code, will be held at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 28 in
Room 308 of the new House Office Building, 124 N.Capitol and not at the
State Capitol as I previously reported.  Also,the clerk of the House
Committee on Agriculture and Resource Management is Jacki Froh who can be
reached at 517-373-7372 to be put on the mailing list for committee
notices.  Thank you.




At 05:39 PM 9/22/1999 -0400, you wrote:
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>****Heads up to all activists who care about Michigan's waterways,
>floodplains, wetlands and more. . .****
>
>Like runoff from a major rain event, the drain code bill, HB 4803, is
>expected to wash through the Michigan House this fall.  On Tuesday, House
>Agriculture Chair Mike Green (R-Mayville)announced that a re-write of HB
>4803 will be out by the end of the week and work on the first two chapters
>of the code will begin in the House Agriculture Committee next Tuesday
>(Sept.28) at 9am, Rm 424, State Capitol.  
>
>All indicators tell us that House leaders want the bill out before December
>break.  That's a tight time frame to wrangle substantive changes out of a
>complex, 250 plus page bill (one that was basically written by the Michigan
>Association of County Drain Commissioners) although Green has promised
>consideration of all amendments presented in committee.  Whether or not the
>upcoming re-write will adequately address our major concerns remains to be
>seen.  Advocates for natural resource protection and improved public
>participation will need to stick tight, track the committee process, read
>what to do below, and watch sources like enviro-mich for updates and alerts.
>
>****Case Studies Demonstrate Need for Real Reform**** 
>
>Working with groups like the Michigan Environmental Council, Clean Water
>Action, the League of Women Voters of Michigan, the Michigan Drain Code
>Coalition, and Taxpayers United, the Michigan Land Use Institute has
>published five case studies that illustrate key problem areas under the
>current code.  They clearly illustrate why drain code reform is needed and
>why action on HB 4803 will be some of the most important votes the
>Legislature will take on natural resource issues this year.  To obtain
>copies, contact Patty Cantrell, Michigan Land Use Institute, 231-882-4723,
>X18 or email: <patty@mlui.org>  They will be available soon from their
>website, <www.mlui.org>
>
>****Steps You Can Take****
>
>Act now! Write a letter calling for meaningful reform in HB 4803 using the
>issue points below.  Write to Rep. Mike Green, Chair of the House
>Agriculture and Resource Management Committee, State Capitol, P.O. Box
>30014, Lansing, MI  48909-7514.  888-254-5284.  email:
><green@house.state.mi.us>  Use the points listed below.
>
>Send copies to other Representatives of the House Ag Committee as well as
>to your own state rep at the same address above:
>
>Larry Julian (R-Lennon)	517-373-0841
>Ken Bradstreet (R-Gaylord)  517-373-0829		
>Gene DeRossett (R-Manchester) 517-373-0828
>Larry DeVuyst (R-Alma) 517-373-0834
>Steve Ehardt (R-Lexington) 517-373-0835
>Jim Howell (R-St. Charles) 517-373-0837
>Rick Johnson (R-LeRoy) 517-373-1747
>James Koetje (R-Grandville) 517-373-0846
>Steven Vear (R-Hillsdale) 517-373-1794
>Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) 517-373-2577
>Rose Bogardus (D-Davison) 517-373-3944
>John Hansen (D-Dexter) 517-373-1792
>Ed LaForge (D-Kalamazoo) 517-373-1785
>Joseph Rivet (D-Bay City) 517-373-0158
>Dale Sheltrown (D-Gladwin) 517-373-3817
>Doug Spade (D-Adrian) 517-373-1706
>
>Track and attend committee meetings. The House Ag Committee's standing
>meeting date is every Tuesday morning at 9:00am, Rm 424, State Capitol, but
>additional meetings or time changes frequently occur.  Contact the House Ag
>Clerk, Chad Linzey, 517-373-0015, to get on the committee mailing list or
>go to <www.michiganlegislature.org> for committee news.
>
>Tell your drain story to your state legislators.  Write letters to the
editor.
>
>Check out the website of the Michigan Drain Code Coalition for more
>information:  <http://members.tripod.com/Michigan_Drain_Code/>
>
>****The Issues****
>
>To write letters, take your pick of one or two issues below.  Insist that
>HB 4803:
>
>* Provide public with details of project cost, scope, and route before
>making major drain work decisions
>* Base major drain decisions (called "determination of necessity") on
>cost-benefit analyses, environmental effects and public comments.
>* Require consideration of upstream and downstream consequences of all
>major drain work
>* Require major drain work comply with the Natural Resources and
>Environmental Protection Act
>* Provide for meaningful citizen appeals
>* Require consideration of less expensive or less damaging alternatives
before
>pursuing drain work to manage water quantity
>* Require clear definition and rational for who pays and how much--higher
>costs should be apportioned to the greatest land use changes that
>necessitate drain work
>* Require verification of drain establishment and easements
>
>Thank you!
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>Julie Stoneman
>Director of Land Programs
>Michigan Environmental Council
>119 Pere Marquette Dr., Suite 2A
>Lansing, MI  48912
>Ph:	517-487-9539
>Fax:	517-487-9541
>Email:	juliemec@voyager.net
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Julie Stoneman
Director of Land Programs
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Dr., Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
Ph:	517-487-9539
Fax:	517-487-9541
Email:	juliemec@voyager.net


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