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E-M:/ Petitions RE: Sewage Overflows
- Subject: E-M:/ Petitions RE: Sewage Overflows
- From: Kym Spring <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 11:38:36 -0400
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- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: Kym Spring <email@example.com>
Tuesday, August 10
Spring, Clean Water Action, 616.742.4084
More than 800 Urge City To
Grand Rapids --
Signed petitions from more than 800 local residents will be presented
Tuesday asking the Grand Rapids City Commission to support a resolution
demanding that the Bush Administration drop a proposal that would weaken
sewage treatment standards for communities in Michigan and other states.
The signatures were gathered by volunteers with Clean Water Action who
went door-to-door enlisting support for the proposed resolution.
The resolution opposes the Bush Administration’s so-called “blending”
plan to weaken the Clean Water Act. It also criticizes cuts in
federal funding for sewer upgrades. Both policies will undermine efforts
by Grand Rapids and other communities who are making progress toward
improving sewer systems.
Strong Message to Bush Administration
Petitions Go To Commission Tuesday
- Who: Grand Rapids residents
who want clean water and Clean Water Action
- What: Petitions containing over
800 signatures will be presented to the City Commission. Residents
will ask the City Commission to pass a resolution opposing the Bush
Administration’s policies to weaken Clean Water Act sewage treatment
standards and funding.
- Where: City Hall
- When: 7:00 p.m.
- Visuals: Clean
Water supporters and petitions
- Story: Grand Rapids has been working
for the last decade to comply with the Clean Water Act.
Spending over $220 million thus far to improve water infrastructure to
reduce sewage overflows into the Grand River, the project is 96 percent
complete and work is continuing.
- Other communities have not addressed this problem. Lansing dumped 1
billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage and industrial
contaminants in the Grand River in the most recent reporting
period. The problem cannot be solved in isolation.
Bush Administration has proposed changes to the Clean Water Act,
including cutting funding by nearly 40 percent and eliminating the
requirement to fix sewer infrastructure and clean up sewage in all
- In Michigan, roughly 50 billion gallons of raw and partially treated
sewage is released into waterways annually. Pathogens in
sewage-contaminated waters can cause a range of diseases and beach water
pollution is frequently a threat to public health.