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E-M:/ Jean Klock Park DEQ hearing tomorrow



Dear E/Mers:
I invite environmental advocates for dunes, Great Lakes water, rivers, wetlands, endangered plant species and box turtles to submit some comments in person, by letter or via the website to the DEQ on the environmental impacts of the proposed privately-owned golf course in Jean Klock Park.

I am resending the Friends of Jean Klock Park's notice of the DEQ hearing which takes place tomorrow evening, January 9, in Benton Harbor.  The link to the permit application is in the link below. Comments can be taken up to January 19.

If that's not enough to motivate you, perhaps knowing that Governor Granholm would like to give the developer a $9.2 million tax break will.

LuAnne Kozma
Defense of Place
www.defenseofplace.org

Friends of Jean Klock Park <info@savejeanklockpark.org> wrote:
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2006 11:59:00 -0800 (PST)
From: Friends of Jean Klock Park <info@savejeanklockpark.org>
Subject: Notice of Public Hearing
To: info@savejeanklockpark.org

Dear Park Advocate,
 
On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 , at 7:00 p.m. the Land Water and Management Division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing at the Michigan Works Service Center , Anchor Rooms A, B, and C, located at 499 West Main Street in Benton Harbor Michigan .
 
The purpose of this hearing is to take into account the views and concerns of the public regarding the proposed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and the environmental impact it will have on the wetlands, rivers and streams and other sensitive natural resources that the golf course would be constructed around and within.
 
The following outline lists the adverse impacts this proposal would have on Jean Klock Park ?s ecosystem and fragile dune structure.
 
  1. Chemical Runoff: The use of fertilizers and pesticides is a very real threat to the dunes, wetlands and wildlife habitat of Jean Klock Park . The chemical runoff would eventually find its way to Lake Michigan and has the potential to cause beach closings due to contamination.
  2. Proposed Cart Path: The proposed cart path located inside the park extends into the northern and southern ends of the dunes and would require excavated (foreign) materials to be used as fill which would consist of 12? of compacted sub-base material, 6? of base gravel stone with a 10? wide paved surface. This would permanently alter the dunes and impair their ability to naturally move, shift and reforest.
  3. The Proposed New Road : Jean Drive , the existing access road to Jean Klock Park ?s entrance, will be removed and replaced with a 66 foot wide road that will run parallel to M-63 at the eastern boundary of the park. This would impact the Great Lakes Marsh within the park by requiring approximately 880 yards of wetland fill to accommodate the new road.  This will not benefit the park or the public as its sole purpose is to service the existing residential area adjacent to Jean Klock Park .
  4. Rare Plant Species: There are three rare plant species within Jean Klock Park . Wild Bean and Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus) which are listed as ?special concern and Rose Pink (Sabatia Angularis) listed with the highest ranking of 10 on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources threatened plant species list. The Rose Pink in particular is at risk as it would be landlocked between the marsh and the 18th green in a ?no impact area? that would restrict the natural ?drift? of its seed.
  5. Great Lakes Marsh: On the Harbor Shores maps, the Great Lakes Marsh is described as ?open water.? This description does not match the existing nature of the marsh. During the growing season the marsh is filled with several aquatic plant species. It has a healthy population of Blue Gills and Sun Fish and we suspect also provides habitat for the Eastern Box Turtle (special concern) and the Spotted Turtle (endangered). In order for the Great Lakes Marsh to be ?open water? it would require dredging. If that is allowed to happen it will result in lost habitat for these aquatic species.
 
 
Jean Klock Park is, and must be, our major focus and first concern. However, it is not the only area that will be impacted by a golf course development.
 
You as an individual can and should voice your concerns and opinions about the negative impact a golf course will have on our valuable natural resources. You can submit those concerns through a written letter to:
 
State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Land Water and Management Division
7953 Adobe Road
Kalamazoo , MI 49009
 
You may also read the Notice of Public Hearing and submit comment online at:

http://www.deq.state.mi.us/lwmpnh/default.asp?PermitNo=06110142
 
The public hearing record will remain open 10 days after the public hearing date. Any written comments must be received by the Land Water and Management Division of the DEQ by January 19, 2007 . We hope that in addition to submitting a formal letter that you will attend this very important public hearing.
 
Thank you,
 
Friends of Jean Klock Park
269-925-4880
www.savejeanklockpark.org



Gary Stock <gstock@net-link.net> wrote:
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RJ:

The concept has merit in most societies -- thus American law refutes it.

From October, 2004: even the Endangered Species Act grants no standing.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1224406.htm

The world's whales, porpoises and dolphins have no standing to
sue President George W Bush over the US Navy's use of sonar
equipment that harms marine mammals, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The ruling was made by a three-judge panel of the US 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals in San Francisco, widely considered one of the most
liberal and activist in the country.

It said it saw no reason why animals should not be allowed to sue
but said they had not been granted that right...


I'll offer to pay legal costs for box turtles seeking similar standing!

GS


Rita Jack wrote:

> When does a tree have rights?
>
> http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotian/551378.html

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