Action News Release
RELEASE: Thursday, August 5, 2004
CONTACT: Cyndi Roper, Clean Water Action (517) 490-1394
Roberts, Clean Water Action (586) 783-8900
Renfer, Clean Water Action (517) 203-0754
year’s beach closing guide reported 93 days of closures
and advisories along Michigan’s coastal beaches, a 56 percent decrease
previous year. Elevated bacterial levels from unknown sources of
prompted all closures and advisories in Michigan. New
Baltimore and Memorial Park Beaches had
the highest number of closings in the state with 36 and 13 days of
beaches respectively. The number of beaches monitored at least once a
than doubled from in 2003 rising from 83 in 2002 to 170 in 2003.
to funding cuts for
sewer improvement projects, the Bush Administration is pushing forward
proposal to lower sewage treatment standards.
The policy would remove scheduled deadlines for sewer systems to
eliminate their untreated or partially treated sewage discharges. Experts estimate that this policy would make
it a thousand times more likely swimmers near sewer outfalls would get
beach-goers are unaware of their proximity to sewer outfalls.
Water Action staff and volunteers are educating
Michigan residents about these backward Bush Administration policies.
County, residents launched a petition drive asking the St. Clair Shores
Council to pass a resolution opposing these policies that encourage
closings and place the public’s health at risk.
Grand Rapids residents are also collecting petition signatures
the administration’s sewage policies.
pocketbooks, Michigan voters
have demonstrated their commitment to cleaning up Michigan’s
bathing beaches,” said Sarah Roberts, Lake St. Clair Community
Clean Water Action. “It’s time the Bush
administration stop hampering local efforts to protect our Great Lakes and other waters by
weakening standards and
slashing critical funding.”
is not the
solution to pollution,” said Nancy Orewyler with the local citizens
Saving Wetlands and Trees. “Removing the
finish line for communities to end the dumping of improperly treated
into local lakes and rivers is bad for Michigan.”
complete report, go to http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/titinx.asp.
Michigan report go to: http://www2.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/summic.pdf
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citizens’ organization with 100,000 Michigan
members working locally,
statewide and nationally for clean, safe and affordable water;
health-threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and
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Wetlands and Trees a
citizen’s group working to protect natural areas and water quality
Lake St. Clair Watershed.
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scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to
public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than
million e-activists and members nationwide served from offices in New
Washington, D.C., Santa Monica and San Francisco. More information
is available through its Web site: www.nrdc.org.
Clean Water Action
517-203-0754 East Lansing