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Re: E-M:/ $1 billion for water?



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Enviro-Mich message from Cyndi Roper <croper@cleanwater.org>
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Correction to last night's posting:

The report title referenced below should be "Wasting Michigan's Water
WONDERLAND" (although I am getting confused these days as to whether it's a
wasteland or a wonderland in some parts of the state).

Cyndi




At 09:18 PM 4/25/2002 -0400, Cyndi Roper wrote:
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>Enviro-Mich message from Cyndi Roper <croper@cleanwater.org>
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>I agree with Dave that the debate over the sewer bond ballot language needs
>more attention. Clean Water Action is very commitment to correcting the
state's
>sewer overflow problems (see "Wasting Michigan's Water Wasteland" sewage
>overflow report in the Michigan section of our website at
>www.cleanwateraction.org), and we hope to support the bond initiative in
>November. HOWEVER, we are currently working -- along with MEC -- to ensure
that
>key concerns are addressed immediately. 
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>Volume Reduction
>The ballot proposal must include access to funds earmarked for reducing the
>volume of water entering the state's sewer (and stormwater) systems which, in
>essence, creates sewer system capacity. Currently, state funding assistance is
>available for upgrading and repairing sewer systems, but there is no funding
>available to communities that want to divert water from their systems. As a
>result, most system repairs and upgrades are based on capacity assumptions
that
>maintain the status quo thus requiring bigger and bigger and bigger
>wastewater/stormwater pipes and treatment facilities.
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>Numerous "soft path" approaches exist which manage rain/snow very near to the
>place where it falls. Some examples include:
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>Rooftop gardens
>Sidewalk storage
>Vegetated swales, buffers and strips; tree preservation
>Roof leader disconnection
>Rain barrels and cisterns
>Permeable pavement
>Rain gardens and bioretention
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>These techniques are beginning to gain acceptance in communities
throughout the
>U.S. (including some in Michigan I'm learning) but they must be implemented on
>a much larger scale if the public is to avoid continually throwing money "down
>the drain" into bigger and bigger sewer systems.  
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>Further, if communities would like to pursue footing drain disconnection
>programs (to prevent the conveyance of stormwater into household sewer pipes),
>they cannot access state funds to assist them. We would like to see bond
>proceeds made available to assist with this "capacity creating" choice.
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>Septic Systems
>Another key sewer bond debate has centered around what to do about the state's
>massive number of failed or failing septic systems. Our view is that the
status
>quo of installing sewers as the virtual panacea for these problems is often
>misguided. Clean Water Action is concerned that the bond could become the
>"Sprawl for All" package if lawmakers include funding incentives to abandon
>septic systems in favor of sewers, which will encourage more intensive and
>expanded development in many communities throughout the state. If such
>development is to occur, let those who will reap the profits figure out how to
>pay ALL of the costs associated with that development.
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>Cyndi
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>Cyndi Roper, Michigan Director
>Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
>1345 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 216
>Grand Rapids, MI  49505
>616.742.4084
><croper@cleanwater.org>
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>At 08:21 PM 4/25/2002 -0400, Dave Dempsey wrote:
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>>Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davemec@voyager.net>
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>>Michigan voters would get to decide whether the state should borrow $1
>>billion by selling bonds to fix the state's decaying sewer systems, under
>>legislation approved Thursday by the state House.
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>>http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw54608_20020425.htm
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>>This legislation deserves a lot more attention outside of Lansing than it is
>>getting!
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