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Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:47 PM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Wetlands Coalition // Important Meeting in Northville Township (SE Mich) tonight

It would be a huge undertaking, no doubt about it.  I would think that anyone who would really be interested (and dedicated to the cause) should be included....and the body, once established, would have power to make decisions on how and when action would be taken...I surely don't have all the answers, only the realization that (as we all know) our wetlands are disappearing at an overwhelmingly frightening, rapid rate--- and nothing as of yet seems to be helping to prevent that devastation.....Maybe it starts with a statewide gathering? 
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Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:52 AM
Subject: E-M:/ Wetlands Coalition // Important Meeting in Northville Township (SE Mich) tonight

 I have often thought that a true wetlands coalition, a state "watchdog" group of sorts, for wetland issues is what the state of Michgian needs. 
Great idea, Monica.  How do we do this?  Who gets included?  How is this body empowered to act, other than just to publicize its findings?  It is an NGO, an SIG, or some other body?
Speaking of preserving wetlands, Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) forwarded this notice about an important meeting tonight in Northville Township, for those in the SE part of the state. If you're interested, FOTR's contact info is listed.  Please attend.
Peggy in Farmington Hills

Hello Friends of the Rouge Members & Volunteers,
An important message from the Johnson Creek Protection Group follows.  Please attend the public hearing on Oct 28th to voice your concerns and show your support for a development plan to protect the river. 
Thank you,

Cyndi Ross
Public Involvement Associate Coordinator
(313) 792-9621
Friends of the Rouge
24401 Ann Arbor Trail
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
“Friends of the Rouge is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem.  To find out how you can become involved through our various volunteer and membership opportunities visit www.therouge.org.”

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From: Michelle West [mailto:mwest@alnm.com]
Subject: Public Hearing at the Northville Township Hall - October 28th

Dear JCPG Member:


Please join us at the Public Hearing before the Northville Township Planning Commission regarding the 300+ acres of Detroit House of Corrections (DeHoCo) land that Grand Sakwa has recently purchased and plans to develop.  This important hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30 pm in the Northville Township Hall (41600 W. Six Mile Road).  The property is located between 6 and 5 Mile Roads to the north and south and Ridge and Beck Roads to the west and east.  This relatively pristine property has many acres of wetlands and springs with over a mile of the Johnson Creek flowing through it.  It is currently one of the last large, undeveloped sites in Northville Township and a major contributor to the cold-water nature of the creek. 


You are invited to share your comments and ideas at the hearing on how you think this property should be developed and what measures should be taken to properly preserve the creek.  We would love to have a good showing from people interested in Johnson Creek.  If you are unable to attend the hearing, you may send your comments to our Technical Advisory Committee Chair, John Jones, to integrate into his statement on behalf of the JCPG.  He can be reached at jjones@co.wayne.mi.us or (734)326-3936.  Grand Sakwa has worked well with us in the past and has listened to and incorporated into their design many of our comments and suggestions on how to protect Johnson Creek.  We look forward to continuing this relationship to ensure that Johnson Creek retains its excellent water quality and unique habitat well into the future.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you and have a great day!     

Very truly yours,

Michelle L. West
JCPG Secretary
Ayres, Lewis, Norris & May, Inc.
3959 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
T:  (734) 761-1010 x266
F:  (734) 761-1200


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