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E-M:/ RE: / State Forms Clean Water Corps

Thank you, Dave, for posting this message to Enviro-Mich, this is indeed wonderful news! 


I would like to be among the first to acknowledge and accept the Governor’s request for volunteers.  The Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter Water Sentinels project will be happy to coordinate our efforts and work closely with the Department of Environmental Quality to monitor and track water quality in lakes and streams in the state.  


The Sierra Club’s Water Sentinels Project has been working for 2 years to educate our volunteers and Michigan citizens about the value of volunteer water quality monitoring, and we have projects located already in several areas around the state.  The waters of the state are indeed the waters of Michigan citizens and we thus have a duty to oversee them and ensure their high quality.  The Clean Water Act was written with citizens in mind, it is our Act, and it may be the most important Act of modern times. 


Along with all the terrific Michigan watershed groups already in existence, how do we go about joining this effort?


Thank you again!


~~Rita Jack

Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter

Water Sentinels Project Director

109 E. Grand River Ave.

Lanisng, Michigan  48906

Tel.  517-484-2372









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From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Dave Dempsey
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 3:01 PM
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: E-M:/ State Forms Clean Water Corps





LANSING - While they demonstrated how to conduct a simple test on a

sample of water from the Grand River in downtown Lansing, Lt. Governor

John D. Cherry and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director

Steven Chester today announced the formation of the Michigan Clean Water

Corps (MCWC).


The MCWC, as created by an Executive Order signed this morning by

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, will serve as an advisory body within the

DEQ and will be comprised of statewide volunteer networks to assist in

water monitoring and testing programs. Director Chester, or his

designee, will serve as chair of the MCWC, and the DEQ will help solicit

and organize volunteers around the state to participate in water quality

monitoring activities.


Announcement of the formation of the MCWC comes during Water Monitoring

Month which was declared September 18 through October 18 by Governor

Granholm. Water Monitoring Month is in official recognition of the 31st

anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act.


"Michigan's water is not only one of our most prominent attributes, it

is undoubtedly among the state's most valuable resources," said Cherry.

"Compared to the rest of the nation, our lakes and streams have been

maintained well and are of exceptional quality. It is within the

state's best interest to enable the citizens to keep the water clean and

beautiful for many future generations to enjoy, and that will be the

primary mission of the Clean Water Corps."


The MCWC will assist the DEQ in gathering and exchanging reliable and

meaningful water quality data for water resources management and

protection programs at the state and local level. Building upon the

existing volunteer water monitoring programs already established by the

DEQ, the MCWC will work to advise and aid in educating Michigan citizens

about water quality issues and promote the need for citizens to play an

active role in protecting the state's water resources.


Cherry and Chester also demonstrated water testing kits that will be

made available to the network of volunteer organizations on National

Water Quality Monitoring Day on October 18 to help monitor water quality

in Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams.


For further information, please visit www.michigan.gov/gov for the full

Executive Order concerning the creation of the MCWC.


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