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Re: E-M:/ NOW - Southern Michigan Field Moisture Conditions

Feel free to send some of your extra moisture to the western U.P.!  We've had plenty of lake-effect, but system snows have almost all been missing us this winter.  And, of course, we typically get little rain here in the winter.  We still have plenty of snow (2 - 4 feet, generally) on the ground, but with minimal thawing all winter, we have lost much less than normal to aquifers.
Which brings up a question.  Does anyone know of a web site that reports water table levels in wells on a scheduled basis?

On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 12:32 AM, Alex J. Sagady & Associates <ajs@sagady.com> wrote:
Flood warning (below) from WUNDERGROUND for
southern lower Michigan area.....

Warming and precipitation together with not completely
unfrozen soils in some locations has created saturated soil conditions
in Southern Lower Michigan
likely to cause field soil and waste pollution effluents.

   water activist groups should
consider tracking local wastewater effluent discharges
this weekend from:

1.  stormwater from CAFO fields with previous land application
and no incorporation....also....this is the type of condition in which
an operator (who has not been diligent about prior landspreading operations)
may find themselves with an overflowing liquid waste storage
facility, or inundated field BMP conditions.

2.   local construction site stormwater effluents and presence of  current
BMP implementation to control present stormwater event.......is your
local building and construction site pouring sediment-laden, turbid water
down local street storm drains and into local watercourses?

3.  agricultural field soil erosion and turbid runoff conditions,
the presence of best management practices, if any, to control
bare soil erosive processes.    [Hey...maybe farmers receiving federal subsidies
should install and maintain BMPs as a condition for receiving such
subsidies]  How is your local ag operator and neighbor doing in this department?

4.  local combined sewer overflows, including operation of
CSOs and any uncontrolled effluents and bypasses.

5.   urban stormwater runoff effects from persistent rains
under stagnating precipitation producing frontal condition.

6.   turbid and degraded conditions in major rivers, Saginaw Bay,
Lake St. Clair (Canadian side) and Western Lake Erie.


From: Weather Underground Email Service <emailer@email.wunderground.com>
To: ajs@sagady.com
Subject: Areal Flood Watch for Lansing, MI

Weather Underground Email Service for Lansing, MI

Areal Flood Watch as of 10:03 PM EST on March 07, 2009

...Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday evening...

The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of south central Michigan and southwest Michigan...
  including the following areas...in south central Michigan...
  Calhoun...Eaton...Ingham and Jackson. In southwest Michigan...
  Allegan...Barry...Kalamazoo and Van Buren.

* Through Sunday evening

* rainfall will continue into Sunday evening...and will be locally
  heavy at times. An additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall will be
  possible from tonight through Sunday night. Storm total rainfall
  amounts will range from 1 to locally 3 inches.

* Areal flooding will be possible with already saturated soils...
  and additional locally heavy rainfall expected.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

    * < http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=DTX>NEXRAD Radar
    * < http://www.wunderground.com/severe.asp>U.S. Severe Weather
    * < http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/>Tropical Storm Activity
    * < http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/>Weather Webcams
    * < http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/viewimages.html>Wunder Photos 

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