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Re: E-M:/ Sewer-Generated Sprawl and Request for Treatment System Information

Enviro-Mich message from fred cowles <fecowles@yahoo.com>


I can give you answers to some of your questions.  

You can download an excel spreadsheet of all surface
water discharge permits at:

If you sort the list by permit number, all the permits
starting with MIG58XXXX are semi-annual discharge
lagoon type sewage treatment facilities. Looking at
the fac_ownership column tells you if it is public or
private.  There are other lagoon type systems that are
more complicated with other permit numbers.  

Those facilities with WWTP in their name are other
sewage treatment facilities.  You cannot tell from the
spreadsheet what kind of treatment units they use.  

The DEQ has a list of facilities permitted to
discharge to the groundwater, but I do not believe it
is available on-line.  

A word of caution.  While this information may look
straight forward, it is only a summary of basic data. 
The factual situations of each facility are unique. 
It is very difficult to draw valid generalizations
from casual review.  The real world is very
complicated even if a spreadsheet makes it look

I suggest that you hire a consulting engineer with
experience in designing public wastewater treatment
systems to help you with your review.  It will not be
cheap.  Presumably, your county public works officials
have already gotten such advice.  If you wish to
challenge their decisions, you will need at least as
credible a source of information and judgement.  

========= Fred  

--- Bill Taylor <btaylor@springcom.com> wrote:
> Re:  Sewer-Generated Sprawl and Request for
> Treatment System Information
> My Duck Lake community has been resisting pressures
> to replace a fundamentally sound lagoon sewage
> treatment system with long regional pipelines that
> would encourage unwanted development sprawl across
> miles of agricultural and open land.  Our Calhoun
> County public works officials finally agreed to
> consider any specific alternatives that our public
> could quickly develop, and our helpful State Senator
> arranged for DEQ enforcement staff to discuss some
> key requirements and potentially useful Michigan
> sewage systems with us.  Consistent with the nature
> of the entire process, however, DEQ staff declined
> to conduct the agreed-upon meeting and we had to
> file an FOI request for the needed information.  Now
> the DEQ FOI Officer seems to be telling us that the
> agency lacks the ability to provide basic
> information on Michigan sewage systems.  We can
> proceed without certain information but would
> appreciate hearing from anyone who knows whether the
> DEQ can or cannot generate lists of:
>  -    Michigan sewage treatment systems that are
> discharging onto/into the ground;
>  -    Michigan systems that are discharging into
> surface water;
>  -    Michigan lagoon systems that are discharging
> into surface water;
> If you believe that the DEQ can generate this
> information, please try to provide the precise name
> of the data base and other specific words to use in
> obtaining information from DEQ enforcement
> activities that have been on the pipeline side at
> every twist and turn in the process.
> I would also appreciate hearing from anyone who
> knows of good, small Michigan sewage treatment
> systems that we might wish to visit.  We are
> particularly interested in lagoon systems that
> discharge into surface water.  There include (1)
> systems that use the traditional clarifiers and
> phosphorus reduction, and (2) systems that discharge
> into natural or constructed wetlands.
> Finally, many of you know how outrageous the Duck
> Lake situation has been and how we have one of the
> fronts in a potentially much larger sprawl threat.  
> We haven't had much time to devote to the underlying
> problems lately, but will always have time to answer
> questions from the Governor's office about how the
> Clean Water authorities are being used to push
> unnecessarily elaborate sewage "solutions" that
> would encourage classic development sprawl.
> Bill Taylor
> Duck Lake, Calhoun County
> btaylor@springcom.com 

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