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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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From: "Anita Ladouceur" <ladouceura@michigan.gov>
To: <rcurtis@alldial.net>,<lovejoy@anr.msu.edu>, <elizann@aol.com>,
         ...snip... <jlatoff@yahoo.com>, <oakleaf48879@yahoo.com>
Subject: Friends of the Maple River- Project Meeting

Regional Meeting set for Upper Maple River Watershed Planning Project 

The first of 3 regional public meetings is set for Tuesday, September
9th, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Baker College Welcome Center, Conference
Room B, 1309 S. M-52 Owosso, MI. 

A cooperative effort of government, business, education, citizen groups,
and landowners, has been actively working on a Watershed Management
Planning project in the Upper Maple River Watershed which encompasses
portions of Clinton, Gratiot, and Shiawassee counties. The Maple River
is one of six major tributaries of the Grand River which eventually
flows into Lake Michigan. The area of focus known as the Upper Maple
River Watershed is made up 16 smaller sub-watersheds and cover
approximately 498 square miles in total. Portions of the Maple River
State Game Area, the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area, and Sleepy Hollow
State Park all fall within the Watershed. The Cities of Ithaca, Fowler,
and St. Johns are located inside the watershed as well as the villages
of Maple Rapids, Ovid, Elsie, Perrinton, and Ashley. 

There are several partners and participants involved in this project. In
addition to the Conservation Districts of Clinton, Gratiot and
Shiawassee Counties, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr, & Huber, Inc., Wetland
and Coastal Resources, all three counties' Drain Commissioners, MSU
Extension, Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), Michigan Department
of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources
(DNR), Regional Educational Services Association (RESA), the Clinton Co.
GreenSpace Commission and the Friends of the Maple River. 

The focus of the watershed management planning project is to address
non-point source pollution. Non-point source pollution occurs when a
pollutant such as pathogens, nutrients, or sediment winds up in the
drains, streams, and rivers at non specific points at irregular
occurrences. Examples of non-point source pollution include; fertilizers
on lawns that get washed into streams during rain events, soil from
agricultural fields that erodes and washes into drains, and oil and salt
on city streets that get washed into stormwater drains and carried into
rivers. 

The goal of the project is to identify what water quality problems exist
in the watershed and how they can be addressed. This will be
accomplished through monitoring and analysis of the watershed, reviewing
various community policies and ordinances, and educating residents of
the watershed about water quality concerns. As this data is compiled a
Watershed Management Plan (WMP) will be developed. Once the WMP is
written it will be submitted for approval from the DEQ and the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The next step after the WMP is
approved is to apply for implementation funds. These funds will enable
us to carry out the watershed improvement techniques outlined in the
WMP. 

The meeting content will include reporting the progress of the project
and also enlist feedback from the participants through an interactive
presentation. While each regional meeting will take place in one of the
3 participating counties, we urge all interested parties to attend
meetings regardless of location, since the meetings content will be 

progressive during the course of the 2 year activity, with new materials
being introduced and discussed. 

Come join our efforts or at least see how we can collectively improve
water quality and bring awareness to the communities, businesses, and
producers in the watershed. Hopefully, together we can bring people to
realize that their actions at home, work, and on the farm have impacts
on the watershed. If you can't attend but want to participate in the
Upper Maple River Watershed Management Planning Project, or just want
more information, contact the Clinton Conservation District at (989)
224-3720 ext 3 or visit our website www.clintonconservation.org.

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