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E-M:/ Sediment/Turbidity in Michigan waters

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

For some time, I've been 
complaining about how the Michigan Department of 
Environmental Quality is violating the Section 303d of the 
Clean Water Act by failing to designate numerous Michigan 
waterways for violation of Michigan water quality standards
governing sedimentation - turbidity --  suspended solids....

This failure is designed to bail out agriculture, drain commissioners and developers by continuing to 
allow these guys to pollute Michigan waters with erosive runoff 
from soils.

MDEQ once again blew off comments submitted about these
failures when it adopted its final Section 303d listing of impaired 

Sedimentation of southern Michigan streams is an endemic problem and 
MDEQ makes this problem worse by abdicating its non-discretionary 
duties to formally designate such waters as violating narrative water quality 
requirements covering sedimentation - turbidity - suspended solids in our streams.

The Grand River, Saginaw River, Kalamazoo River are among the top ten 
sediment polluted rivers in the entire Great Lakes region.    Dirty agricultural 
practices and poorly executed development activities are the cause of these 

Please note that environmentalists and politicians talking about 
"clean" alternative fuels and chemical feedstocks cannot make such claims when 
they rely on "dirty corn" as the agricultural source.

A new website from the Great Lakes Commission -- a Great Lakes Information 
Network "Site of the Month" talks about the problem of soil erosion and water quality
as our number 1 pollution problem:


Alex J. Sagady & Associates        http://www.sagady.com

Environmental Enforcement, Permit/Technical Review, Public Policy, 
Expert Witness Review and Litigation Investigation on Air, Water and 
Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection
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