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Re: E-M:/ Governor sends special message on water issues to Legislature

Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <snakeman1549@yahoo.com>

They are reporting on the news that the deal she is
proposing will not stop Nestle, merely subject them to
a review before they get any more wells. Judging by
their recent comments that claim the current wells are
not harming the environment (despite the overwhelming
evidence they are having serious negative effects), I
would not expect them to deny a permit to anyone. 

We should tell her to go back to the drawing board if
this is all she has to offer. By accepting the plan as
she has written, or even working on it to change some
parts, we are not doing anything but legitimizing the
water exploitation that is going on. Furthermore, we
end up setting ourselves back by creating more laws
that may contradict the protections we are granted
under the little used MEPA, the clean water statutes,
and the inland waters law (I am drawing a blank trying
to think of the proper name). If Roots decision
stands, then it seems to me that we are sitting pretty
well in terms of water protection laws and case law

There will be a good chance to criticize her plan to
legitimize water exploitation and offer real
alternatives that prohibit our water from being
diverted and polluted on Feb. 4th at the "State of the
People" address at the capital, from 12-130. 


--- Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net> wrote:
> January 20, 2004
> Contact:  Heidi Hansen
> 517-335-6397
> Granholm Unveils Initiative to Protect Water in
> Special Message to
> Legislature
> LANSING – Out of a sense of urgency to protect a key
> element of Michigan’s
> legacy – its water – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
> today sent a special
> message to the Michigan Legislature in which she
> unveiled a comprehensive
> plan to protect Michigan’s great, fresh waters.
> The cornerstone of the Granholm initiative is the
> Michigan Water Legacy Act,
> a comprehensive water withdrawal statute based on
> the principles of the
> Great Lakes Charter, which will subject all
> significant water withdrawals to
> review by the Department of Environmental Quality
> (DEQ) to ensure that
> Michigan’s water resources are not impaired or
> compromised.
> “The Great Lakes fuel our economy, color our
> character, and literally define
> the shape of our state,” Granholm said in her
> special message.  “They are
> our most vital resources which makes their
> preservation and protection all
> too important to approach haphazardly.
> “Our waters may be more threatened today than they
> have ever been.  We must
> begin to live up to the goals set forth in the 1985
> Great Lakes Charter
> where we agreed to manage our water withdrawals,”
> Granholm added.  “We need
> a fair and balanced approach to water withdrawal
> that will allow us to
> protect our water resources while also providing a
> predictable regulatory
> climate under which businesses and communities can
> thrive.”
> Granholm’s comprehensive water initiative addresses
> the major concerns
> facing the Great Lakes today:  water withdrawal,
> invasive species, open
> water disposal, National Pollution Discharge
> Elimination System (NPDES),
> revised sanitary code, wetlands protection, and
> securing federal funding for
> Great Lakes restoration projects.
> DEQ Director Steven E. Chester echoed the Governor’s
> comments on the urgency
> of the water issue.
> “Now is the time to be bold in protecting our most
> precious resource –
> water,” said Chester.  “This comprehensive plan will
> provide us with the
> regulatory framework essential to preserving the
> Great Lakes and Michigan’s
> lakes and streams.”
> In addition to the proposed Water Legacy Act that
> will be delivered to state
> lawmakers in February, the initiative includes
> administrative steps that the
> Granholm Administration will immediately implement
> to protect Michigan
> waters.
> Those steps include an executive directive signed
> today by the Governor that
> prohibits state agencies from approving the open
> water disposal of
> contaminated dredge materials in Michigan waters;
> and, a second executive
> directive to be signed later this month that asks
> the DEQ to protect
> criticalisolated wetlands on state land from harm.
> Further, the Governor will ask the Attorney General
> to join a number of
> environmental and conservation groups in a lawsuit
> against the EPA to compel
> them to regulate ballast water discharges, and ask
> state lawmakers to live
> up to the 2004 budget agreement by approving user
> fees to fund the National
> Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, a critical
> component in monitoring
> what goes into our water.
> Finally, the Granholm Administration will ask the
> Bush Administration to
> fund the first installment of a multi-year Great
> Lakes restoration effort.
> “We are at a crossroads in determining the future of
> the Great Lakes,” said
> Granholm.  “We can choose to take action and ensure
> for future generations
> crystal blue water, rainbow trout, clear babbling
> brooks, and green
> productive fields, or we can choose to wait for
> another state or country to
> determine the future of our Great Lakes.  I choose
> to act and take the
> future into our own hands.”
> # # #

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