On August 16, 2001, just before meeting with Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation’s President Terry Swier and Vice President Rhonda Huff, and our attorney, to discuss the Perrier’s pending application for a DEQ water source permit, top DEQ officials issued a press release announcing its issuance of the Perrier permit. In other words, DEQ insulted MCWC’s efforts by issuing the permit despite agreeing to a meeting to discuss the merits of whether it should be issued at all. Not only this, but DEQ’s top officials issued the DEQ permit at the same time MCWC and Perrier attorneys were arguing before the State Attorney General’s Opinion Review Board on whether or not the Perrier project should be allowed under the anti-diversion and export provisions of the Water Resources Development Act.
Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation is mobilizing citizens and organizations to help contest the validity of the DEQ’s permit to Perrier, and to contest the use of waters of the State and its citizens for diversion and sale out of the community and watershed from which it would be taken. MCWC is looking at all options for taking immediate action, including filing a lawsuit against Perrier’s unreasonable use from the diversion and sale of water outside of the watershed and community, and to file a contested case to overturn the DEQ permit under Michigan’s Administrative Procedures Act. A state law is needed that allows what Perrier wants to do under strict limits that protects the groundwater, springs, streams, and lakes that flow into our treasured Great Lakes. Until such a water law has been passed, Perrier’s proposed project is unlawful and must be stopped. If it is not, the waters of Michigan may be taken from us, and Michigan’s water and environment will be seriously jeopardized, and the State and its citizens will receive nothing in return.
MCWC calls on your assistance. This is not a republican or democratic issue, but everyone’s issue, now and for future generations. It is our water that is stake. Please, join and help us in anyway you or your organization can. For information, visit MCWC's website www.savemiwater.org and contact us. Also, spread this message to everyone you can think of who might be of assistance.
Please attend and show your support for MCWC at the Land and Water Management Division of the DEQ's Public Hearing in the Big Rapids Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room, 500 North Warren, Big Rapids, MI at 7:00 PM; Thursday, August 30, 2001.
Terry Swier, President of MCWC