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Congratulations to ALL the people who have worked on this fight over the past 
dozen or so years!  Such victories are particularly sweet because of the years 
that have been spent to make this possible.  It may not be over, as Chris says, 
but I sure hope there is some serious partying going on up there at the moment!

AW

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Subject: E-M:/ Army Corps denies Homestead's Crystal River golf cours
Author:  "Chris Bzdok" <onur3@traverse.com> at Internet
Date:    7/10/00 12:37 PM


Friday afternoon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the Homestead Resort's 
application to fill wetlands and build a golf course and housing development alo
ng the Crystal River in Leelanau County, next to the Sleeping Bear Dunes Nationa
l Lakeshore.  This may be the most important and positive development in almost 
14 years of state and federal litigation over this unique northern Michigan ecos
ystem.  The next few months will determine where things go from here, but moment
um is now strongly on the side of the river. 
     

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<DIV>Friday afternoon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the Homestead 
Resort's application to fill wetlands and build a golf course and housing 
development along the Crystal River in Leelanau County, next to the Sleeping 
Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.&nbsp; This&nbsp;may be the most important and 
positive development in almost 14 years of state and federal litigation over 
this unique northern Michigan ecosystem.&nbsp;&nbsp;The next few months will 
determine where things go from here, but&nbsp;momentum is now strongly on the 
side of the river. </DIV>
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<DIV>The Friends of the Crystal River would like to thank everyone on this list 
who submitted comments or&nbsp;supported the&nbsp;river&nbsp;through the course 
of this situation.&nbsp; This includes MUCC, NWF, MEC, the Sierra 
Club,&nbsp;Audobon, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Trout Unlimited, the 
Michigan Land Use Institute,&nbsp;NMEAC, the Friends of the Cedar 
River,&nbsp;Three Lakes&nbsp;Association,&nbsp;Lake Michigan Federation, and 
countless others.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </DIV>
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<DIV>What follows is the statement the Friends of the Crystal River in response 
to this news.&nbsp; The full decision is supposed to be on the Army Corps' 
website this afternoon, and I will post the URL on this list then.&nbsp; </DIV>
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<P align=left><FONT size=4>For Immediate Release</FONT></P>
<P align=left>Date: July 10, 2000</P>
<P align=left>Subject: Crystal River and Adjacent Wetlands Corps of Engineer 
Denial of Homestead Resort&#8217;s Application for Wetlands Permit</P>
<P align=left>From: Barbara Weber, President of the Friends of Crystal River and 
Olson, Noonan &amp; Bzdok, P.C.</P>
<P>The Friends of Crystal River&#8217;s struggle to prevent the development of a large 
golf course and residential complex over the Crystal River and its unique swale 
wetlands is coming to an end. On Friday, July 7, 2000, the Detroit District 
Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it had denied the permit 
for the project, bringing to a close the final stage of a long, arduous series 
of state and federal agency and court decisions, spanning nearly fourteen 
years.</P>
<P>"The Corps of Engineers has upheld the integrity and intent of federal 
wetland laws and regulations, and brought firm, clear protection to the Crystal 
River," said Barbara Weber, the Friend&#8217;s President. "We are thankful for the 
result, and we appreciate the monumental support from many citizens and a 
faithful coalition of national and state environmental and conservation 
organizations, "she added."This represents the fruits of the labor of many 
people. "Thank goodness for the Detroit Office of the Corps and Region V of the 
Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago,"she said. "Beginning with federal 
the federal court ruling a few years ago, federal law mandates that this matter 
should be finally determined by the Corps, and the Corps has done so."</P>
<P>Contacts: Barbara Weber, President, Friends of Crystal River, 
231-386-9825</P>
<P>Jim Olson or Chris Bzdok, Olson, Noonan &amp; Bzdok, P.C., 
231-946-0044</P></DIV>
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<DIV>Chris Bzdok<BR>Olson, Noonan &amp; Bzdok, P.C.<BR>P.O. Box 2358<BR>Traverse 
City, MI&nbsp; 49685<BR>(231) 946-0044<BR><A 
href="mailto:chris.bzdok@traverse.com">chris.bzdok@traverse.com</A> 
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