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E-M:/ Coastal wetlands win in Leelanau

Enviro-Mich message from "Chris Grubb" <chrisgrubb@watershedcouncil.org>

Great news out of Leelanau County! Thanks in large part to the efforts
of wetland advocates in the area and around the state, Leelanau County
commissioners voted down an S.O.S. proposal on Tuesday night to have the
county apply for a bottomland ruining ("beach grooming") General Permit
on behalf of its 1,100 shoreline residents. 

There is no DEQ General Permit category for this type of activity. The
General Permit is reserved for activities that "are similar in nature,
will cause only minimal adverse environmental effects when performed
separately, and will have only minimal cumulative adverse effects on the
environment." As demonstrated by wetland researchers in last month's
Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee hearing on
the issue, coastal wetlands are among the most ecologically valuable
systems in the Great Lakes. The destruction of coastal wetlands should
never be considered appropriate for the General Permit.

>From the Leelanau Enterprise:


Chris Grubb, Policy Associate
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
426 Bay Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-1181 ext. 118
fax: (231) 347-5928
email: chrisgrubb@watershedcouncil.org

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