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E-M:/ Three pristine rivers and one polling opportunity



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Enviro-Mich message from "Jim Dulzo" <jimdulzo@mlui.org>
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Dear friends--

We've just posted a story about the current assault on the Natural River Act
by the state House and our analysis of the current situation facing the
Granholm administration as it faces a decision about stopping a bridge and
highway through the Boardman River valley.

Of immediate concern is a current cybersurvey by The Detroit News that
currently shows the move to disable the Natural River Act winning by about
two-to-one. You can go to the story we've posted and, in the right-hand
column, click through to the News cybersurvey and vote. It will take about
two seconds and will also provide some fascinating reading of notes from
people who do support Natural Rivers and took the time to compose very
thoughtful responses.

Here's the link for our Natural River story:

http://mlui.org/landwater/fullarticle.asp?fileid=16569

And, concerning the Boardman River controversey in Traverse City: The
Institute does not believe it's time for a victory celebration. While the
Grand Traverse Road Commission did withdraw its current application for the
wetlands permit necessary for building the bridge, it said it will modify
and re-submit it in a few months. Yesterday's Traverse City Record Eagle
story does not say that, but the road commission manager did, on tape, on
Interlochen Public Radio yesterday morning. He added that the re-design will
impact less than acre of wetlands; the withdrawn application would have
impacted about 4.3 acres. Will that satisfy the DEQ? Who knows? So it ain't
over 'til it's really over. The road commission has NOT given up. Here's our
current analysis of this seemingly intractible controversy:

http://mlui.org/transportation/fullarticle.asp?fileid=16570

And here's another, quite in-depth article by Kelly Thayer, the Institute's
chief participant in the community-wide effort to stop the bridge. It delves
into some of the scientific and legal issues that various agencies have
raised in objecting to the current plan:

http://mlui.org/transportation/fullarticle.asp?fileid=16567

Hope you read 'em, hope you enjoy 'em, and thanks for your interest!





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