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Enviro-Mich message from Patty Cantrell <patty@mlui.org>
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It is still POSSIBLE  to DUMP THE DRAIN CODE.
Public pressure is WORKING to hold up this bill. Add your voice to it, and 
STOP this crazy thing!

Your calls, faxes, and emails to senators are critical now. Vote is likely 
Tuesday, Dec. 5. It would be good for your senator to see a stack of faxes 
and emails on this issue when he/she comes into the office Monday.

The Drain Code is an old law that forces local farmers and rural residents 
to pay for big stormwater drains that just invite more subdivisions out 
into the country. Sprawl can't spread unless it is has a way to move 
massive volumes of stormwater -- which runs off new parking lots and 
driveways -- downstream. The Michigan Drain Code helps developers shove 
these high stormwater costs onto existing residents.

For more background, link to this article on MLUI website.
http://www.mlui.org/projects/propertyrights/draincode/stormwater.html

To find your senator's phone or email, go to this website and click, to the 
left, on "find your senator."
http://www.senate.state.mi.us/
You can locate your senator's fax number by going to his/her web page (an 
option under "find your senator")

Tell your senator to dump the Drain Code bill (H.B. 4803) and START OVER 
with smart, democratic stormwater management in Michigan that:
-- Stops the tax giveaways to developers.
-- Protects wetlands, creeks, and streams from environmentally harmful 
drain projects.
-- Gives citizens the power to petition and challenge the size and scope of 
drain projects.


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Patty Cantrell
Public Trust Alliance Project Manager
MICHIGAN LAND USE INSTITUTE
P.O. Box 228, 845 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI 49616

tel: 231-882-4723 ext. 18
fax: 231-882-7350
e-mail: patty@mlui.org
internet: www.mlui.org



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