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E-M:/ Tonight's the night....

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

Tonight is the night in Southern 
lower Michigan that most of the non-incorporated, surface applied-animal waste 
spread on CAFO  fields since 
last fall will wash into local streams and the 
Great Lakes....along with a lot of soil and sediment 
from unprotected fields.   This results from the 
lax policy of the Granholm Administration/MDEQ that allows
fall and winter non-incorporated applications of animal waste on regulated 
CAFO operations when there is no agricultural use of such "nutrients"
until the following April-May.....up to six months of time for such 
applied wastes to wash into Michigan streams and rivers and the 
Great Lakes.

(Note.....Michigan's general stream and river water quality 
sampling program doesn't conduct any sampling between mid-November
the end of March.....unless a specific CAFO is being monitored for enforcement
purposes, Michigan is flying blind on such matters of phosphorus input
to Saginaw Bay and western Lake Erie during these months.}

Because of the saturated soils from the melt over the last two days, 
the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings in many 
counties of Michigan; several counties have severe storm and tornado warnings:


At 8:30 PM EST Monday evening, there is a line of heavy showers over 200 miles long that
will transect most of southern lower Michigan this evening:
Here is real time NEXRAD imagery of the storms coming 
in from the Chicago and Illinois area:


The record high temperatures (records in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Muskegon
in the last day) have eliminated the snow cover leaving soils saturated
and in some places still frozen.   This is a prime condition for 
saturation excess flows of waste and sheet soil erosion from bare and 
unprotected soils.

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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