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Enviro-Mich message from Jeff Alexander <scribe88@yahoo.com>

 I believe Mr. Ruswick is mistaken. 
 The governor's budget proposal and accompanying
executive order propose to eliminate funding for the
dam inspection program. The governor also proposes to
REPEAL THE LAW that established the Dam Safety
Program. If approved, the governor's budget would
leave Michigan without a dam safety program. Those are
the facts.
 What does it mean? It's akin to eliminating the
Michigan State Police and expecting motorists to obey
the speed limit on Michigan's state highways.
 Jeff Alexander (i'm the guy who wrote the article
referenced below) 

 There has been somewhat of a misunderstanding about
this.  The budget 
proposal is to eliminate the DEQ inspection program
only.  Owners and 
operators of dams, including state agencies such as
the Department of 
Natural Resources, would remain legally obligated to
ensure the proper 
maintenance and safety of the dams for which they are

Frank Ruswick
Special Assistant to the Director

>>> <HAMILTREEF@aol.com> 03/01/05 5:34 PM >>>
I received these email questions from a Lori.  Can
anyone help me  
answer her 
Lori - Do we know what Gov. Granholms rationale is for
pulling the  
support for maintenance, or if she is recommending  an
 alternative?  I 
that there is considerable support for removing dams 
from our rivers 
they create an artificial barrier for river life.  
There may be more 
to it than 
just the budget cut.

_Budget  cut threatens dam safety_ 
Michigan's dam safety program, established after a
1986 flood burst 
dams in West Michigan, would be eliminated under Gov.
proposed 2006 budget. 

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