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Re: E-M:/ sediment kills trout

Enviro-Mich message from "thornapple river" <thornapple@hotmail.com>

It doesn't seem like bad planning, it IS bad planning. The decision to 
locate the SouthBelt exchange right over the Thornapple River has been 
beyond me all along. It is a bad planning monument to the people who made 
the decision; in fact, we should find out who, exactly, made that decision, 
so they can be  recorded in history as the responsible parties.

In the Grand Rapids press, the contractor was quoted as saying "It was 
unforseeable" that sediment would ruin the trout pond. The thing is, it WAS 
forseeable. The citizen watchdogs in the area foresaw the potential problems 
with this mining venture, and were watching and waiting for this kind of 
thing to happen on this site. Sure enough, it did. It was entirely 

Also forseeable was the progressive stormwater and sediment destruction of 
another trout pond in another location in Caledonia, and so was the release 
of tons of sediment this year into the Thornapple River from the various 
tributaries and from developments along the banks, every time it rained.

As a matter of fact, it is actually "seeable". Come on down to 'Donie and 
take a personal tour. Or come to the township meeting tonight and see the 
photos. It should prove to be interesting. The meeting is at 7:00 in the 
offices on Maple Street.

Patricia Pennell

>CALEDONIA TWP. -- A contractor working on the South Beltline highway 
>is pledging to restore a trout pond in Caledonia Township, which was ruined
>by clay sediment discharged from a controversial mining operation next 

What I can't figure out about this project is why they chose to
construct the beltline/I-96 interchange on top of the Thornapple
River....that seems like bad planning in the extreme....

>Dave Dempsey
>Michigan Environmental Council
>119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
>Lansing, MI  48912
>517-487-9539 (phone)
>517-487-9541 (fax)

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