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Macomb going solo for Water ?

Will Macomb County’s Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco
look to the north to create a Macomb water and sewer department ?
With Mark Steenbergh as operations manager of the
county wastewater division and Mark Hackel as the
County Executive of Macomb County, all should go well, right ?

Feasibility studies involving purchasing assets such as
water/sewer pipes from DWSD and upgrading existing facilities
are underway in Warren, Mount Clemens and New Baltimore.

Can Macomb go solo, without Oakland, or Wayne in the mix ?
We are a whole lot closer to the Belle Isle Water Intake location
for 2 quite large cities, Warren and Sterling Heights.

It’s ALL about economics for the residents of Macomb and hopefully
people inform themselves thoroughly on the associated costs involved.

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Northern Water Supply

Northern Water Supply

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DWSD North Water Distribution

DWSD North Water Distribution

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Belle Isle Intake Warren Michigan

Belle Isle Intake Warren Michigan

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Supply Area for DWSD

Supply Area for DWSD

DWSD Water Distribution System

METCO is modeling the entire water distribution system
for the City of Detroit Water and Sewerage System

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METCO  Detroit  DWSD

METCO Detroit DWSD

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Oakland Macomb 96 INCH main

Oakland Macomb 96 INCH main

NOTICE the county borderlines

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Macomb Oakland Water System

Macomb Oakland Water System

DWSD retained METCO to update their current antiquated
model and update it with info about GIS , SCADA ,
Customer Billing , and Asset Maintenance.

Engineering services from METCO include:
- Conversion of Existing Model
- Network Mapping with GIS Layer
- Creating Pump Operating Scenarios
- Hydraulic Modeling Calibration and Simulation
- Verification of As-Built Drawings
- Integration with Real-time SCADA system

Other companies like Tucker Young Jackson Tull (TYJT)
have also been studying the systems of DWSD
http://www.tyjt.com/gsa/GSA%20Energy%20Catalog%20(TYJT)%20(10-10-13)%20(edit).pdf

Tucker Young Jackson Tull TYJT

Tucker Young Jackson Tull TYJT

Demand “cleaner” Clinton River

Do you think local government does the bare minimum
to squeak under the legal state water permits,
or strive to over-achieve, beat and hold their heads high
as the true masters of the operational processes ?

What does it really mean to “””meet””” state permitted wastewater
levels from the local treatment facilities every year ?

We know stormwater runoff contains nutrients that aid
in the growth of algae like Lyngbya and that it washes
ashore naturally to transfer E. Coli into the sand beaches.

The Clinton River flows through an extremely dense population
of people and industrial complexes as it exits in Lake St. Clair.

Population Density Metro Detroit

Population Density Metro Detroit

Clinton River Metro Detroit

Clinton River Metro Detroit

Are the banks of the creeks, streams, and tributaries of the
Clinton River “””really””” all that clean; with millions of people
and plenty of heavy industry processes dumping into a system that
focuses on just meeting the bare minimums of the state ?

I’ll let you decide for yourself as you view this pic below

Toxic Algae Lake Erie

Toxic Algae Lake Erie

No entitlement to processed water

People need to pay that Water Bill as if their life depends
upon it, because it truly does. It’s that important.

You need water more than gasoline in the tank of your car,
that latest pedicure, or that latest haircut.
Financial issues exist, make that phone call, appointment,
and tell people you “want” to pay “something” for the privilege
of having purified, clean, running water in your house.

If you are a thief, a deadbeat, a scumbag, who took water for
granted and put that burden “”on others””, it’s time to face the facts.
No excuses, no whining,~~~IF you paid zero for water month after month,
WHY, WHY , WHY should society do anything else BUT shut it off completely ?

The average price of tap water in the United States
is about $ 1.50 for 1,000 gallons.
That means it costs less than one cent per gallon.

Average wholesale price per gallon of domestic
(non-sparkling) bottled water was $1.13 a gallon.

BUY the god damn water first, and then pay all your other bills.
It’s a simple concept, and YES it still costs some money in 2014.

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“Is water a free and basic human right, or should
all the water on the planet belong to major corporations
and be treated as a product?
Should the poor who cannot afford to pay these said
corporations suffer from starvation due to their
lack of financial wealth? “

“According to the former
CEO and now Chairman of the largest food product manufacturer
corporations should own every drop of water on the planet
— and you’re not getting any unless you pay up.”

Court settlement Warren floods

A preliminary approved settlement of
$1,750,000 dollars paid into a Fund
is ordered by Judge Jennifer Faunce
for Warren flooding Case 11-004456-NZ.

This class action lawsuit involved flooding occurring near May 25,2011 and/or around November 28,2011 in the City of Warren, Michigan.

People can plan on $750,000 right off
the top of the Fund to go to the lawyers for reimbursement of incurred costs and their 1/3 fee from the settlement.

That leaves $ 1 Million dollars to be split about 100 different ways to individual claimants for a final payout of just $10,000 each.

The $10,000 payment becomes the
“full and final” satisfaction of
all claims against The City of Warren.

The court appointed Class Counsel
Macuga,Liddle & Dubin
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
975 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207-3101
(313)-392-0015 phone

Attorney for City of Warren,MI
John J. Gillooly
Garan Lucow Miller
1000 Woodbridge
Detroit, MI 48207

Macomb County Circuit Court
Judge Jennifer M. Faunce
Case No. 11-004456-NZ

The court has entered a
Preliminary Approval of Settlement.

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Natural Setting

In the north end of Michigan’s third
largest city lies a natural continuous greenway path complete with trees, grass, bushes, and water called the
Red Run Intra-County Drain.
It is home to a wide variety of animals
living in close proximity to humans.
Of course this occasionally causes havoc
to high tech stuff like telecommunications equipment upon which residents of Warren, Michigan rely upon daily. Squirrels LOVE to gnaw, munch, snack, eat and continually mash their teeth into anything on these “super highways” strung between telephone poles.
Recently AT&T told me to patiently “wait” 7 days , yes, 1 entire week, to have a dial tone appear once again within my household phone – no storms, no poles broken, no fallen trees. The technicians from AT&T informed me the “disturbance” was a good distance away from my house, on another subdivision street in fact. The tech duo also mentioned AT&T now has a bare bones field tech crew working mandatory overtime since the beginning of the 2014 year.
-PLEASE- do not feed the squirrels !
They are rodents which cause humans
grief by getting into places they shouldn’t. Watch them from a distance, but don’t encourage them to stick around. I truly enjoy seeing wildlife in Warren, but not when a needed landline can’t be fixed for an entire week in excellent weather conditions.

Regional Water Network on hold

On Hold

On Hold

The formation of a regional water authority may have to wait
according to Michigan Governor Snyder, Detroit Mayor Duggan,
and other leaders.






Kevin Orr’s expected exit date is September 25, 2014.
Mayor Mike Duggan’s office does not support extending the
time of an emergency manager for The City of Detroit.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has ordered mandatory mediation
concerning any proposal to form a regional water authority
for Wayne/Oakland/Macomb counties.
U.S. District Judge Sean Cox is leading negotiation sessions
between The city of Detroit and surrounding counties.

Water rates are guaranteed to go up for everyone to cover
new infrastructure costs and old legacy pension plans.

The entire issue of forming a regional water authority
can and should be – separate – from the bankruptcy proceedings.

Martha Kopacz of Philadelphia-based Phoenix Management Services
is the – “financial expert” – appointed by
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes
to review The City of Detroit’s financial assumptions.
The economic data associated with deals the city has struck
with city unions seems to be a major sticky widget for Martha Kopacz.

The current DWSD’s $5.7 billion water and sewer debt
is in danger of falling to a “D” rating if the bankruptcy court
approves the Emergency Manager’s current plan of adjustment.
A bond hits rock bottom at D, no rating could be lower.

May 28, 2014 Clinton River at Clinton Township

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
555 PM EDT WED MAY 28 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DETROIT/PONTIAC
HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING
IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN…

CLINTON RIVER

Although no additional rainfall is expected for
the next several days, the combination of
heavy rainfall yesterday and an additional
one to two inches of rainfall today
will allow waters to rise past flood stage
for the Clinton River near
Clinton Township this evening.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR
THE CLINTON RIVER IN STERLING HEIGHTS AND CLINTON TOWNSHIP..
* FROM NOW UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 5 PM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE IS 15.8 FEET AND RISING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 16.0 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FORECAST IS TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON…
AND CREST AROUND 16.5 FEET THIS EVENING.
* FLOOD HISTORY…THIS CREST COMPARES TO A PREVIOUS CREST
OF 17.7 FEET ON NOV 29 2011.

Clinton River Clinton Township May 28 2014

Clinton River Clinton Township May 28 2014

Water Commissioners May 28, 2014

Board Of Water Commisioners' Calendar

Board Of Water Commisioners’ Calendar


https://dwsd.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1747759&GUID=BF804889-CF85-43FF-9EB4-450D392C77B9&Options=&Search=&FullText=1

File #: 13-0767
The Board of Water Commissioners for the City of Detroit,
Water and Sewerage Department:

1) Agrees to meet with legal counsel on May 28, 2014, at 2 pm,
in closed session, pursuant to Section 8(e) of the
Michigan Open Meetings Act to discuss pending litigation
in the matter of In re: City of Detroit, Michigan,
Case No. 13-53846 (SWR), United States Bankruptcy Court,
Eastern District of Michigan; and

2)Notes that an affirmative roll call vote of 2/3 of
the Board Members appointed and serving is required
for approval of this Motion; and

3)Authorizes the Director to take such other action
as may be necessary to accomplish the intent of this vote.

Agenda of May 9, 2014
Item No.13-0767

The Honorable Board of Water Commissioners:

RE:
In re City of Detroit, Michigan, Case No. 13-53846 (SWR)
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan

MOTION:
Upon recommendation and opinion of William M. Wolfson,
Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer/General Counsel,
the Board of Water Commissioners for the City of Detroit,
Water and Sewerage Department:

1) Agrees to meet with legal counsel on, May 28, 2014, at 2 pm,
in closed session, pursuant to Section 8(e) of the Michigan Open
Meetings Act to discuss pending litigation in the matter
of In re: City of Detroit, Michigan, Case No. 13-53846 (SWR),
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan; and

2) Notes that an affirmative roll call vote of 2/3 of the
Board Members appointed and serving is required for
approval of this Motion; and

3) Authorizes the Director to take such other action as
may be necessary to accomplish the intent of this vote.

JUSTIFICATION:

A meeting in closed session is requested to discuss the
above referenced matter. Section 8(e) of the
Michigan Open Meetings Act, MCL 15.268(e) allows a
public body to meet in closed session:
“To consult with its attorney regarding trial or
settlement strategy in connection with
specific pending litigation, but only if an
open meeting would have a detrimental
financial effect on the litigating or
settlement position of the public body.”

Pursuant to this provision of the Open Meetings Act
quoted above, General Counsel requests an opportunity
to meet with you in closed session.

Respectfully Submitted,
William M. Wolfson
Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer
General Counsel DWSD

Ten Mile Drain Site 2014

Neighborhoods are inter-connected via underground drain pipes.
Everything drains into the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.
It also happens to be where many of us get our drinking water.

A several block area where polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
has been documented to be present in significant quantities
exists in an underground storm sewer drain system.
The ten-mile storm sewer system is approximately 15 feet
underground and empties into two residential canal systems
connected to Lake St. Clair.
The area of concern for this site includes sewer lines
in and around the intersection of Bon Brae Street
and Harper Avenue in St Clair Shores, Mich.

http://binged.it/1sEJkcZ

Contaminated Site St Clair Shores Michigan

Contaminated Site St Clair Shores Michigan

Over the past nine years, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
and the Environment (DNRE), Macomb County Public Works Office
(MCPWO), City of St. Clair Shores, Macomb County Health Department,
and U.S. EPA’s Removal Response staff have done extensive cleanup.
They have responded to residents’ concerns and conducted
investigations at the site,
but a source has not been found
- consequently the drains and canals have been re-contaminated.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20090401/METRO/904010365

U.S. EPA’s work at the Ten-Mile Drain Site has moved from the
removal branch to the remedial branch of EPA Superfund.
Agency remedial staff work on long-term cleanup projects.
The emphasis will be on finding the source(s) of PCB contamination
found in the underground storm sewer drain system.
Once the source(s) have been identified, the next step will
be to conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine
the nature and extent of the PCB contamination and evaluate
any potential risks to human health and the environment.

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Ten Mile Drain Site EPA CleanUp

Ten Mile Drain Site EPA CleanUp

SuperFund Site 10 Mile Drain

SuperFund Site 10 Mile Drain

Entire Webpage available here
http://www.epa.gov/region05/cleanup/tenmiledrain/index.html

Warren Michigan Water Sewer Drain Systems Map

Warren Michigan Water Sewer Drain Systems Map

PCBs are a class of synthetic, chlorinated organic chemicals
produced mainly for their excellent insulating capabilities
and chemical stability. They were produced in the form of
complex mixtures for industrial use in the United States
from 1929 to 1977, mostly by the Company, Monsanto,
which produced approximately 640,000 tons.
Peak production occurred in 1970, and over half of total
United States production occurred between 1960 and 1974
(de Voogt and Brinkman, 1989).
Production is difficult to estimate because there were
209 congeners, 9 homologs, many technical mixtures,
and many different trade names used throughout the
production period (e.g., Aroclor, Askarel, Inerteen).
PCBs were used in the United States for a number of applications,
but primarily consisted of closed system and heat transfer fluids
-transformers, capacitors, fluorescent light ballasts
- plasticizers – hydraulic fluids and lubricants, other.
A major use in Michigan for PCBs was in the production
of recycled carbonless copy paper.
The National Cash Register Company purchased a specific
mixture of PCBs (Aroclor 1242) from Monsanto to be used
as an ink carrier or solvent between 1957 and 1971.
The solvent was also licensed for use to several other
paper manufacturers in the Great Lakes region.
The total use of PCBs for this purpose was about
28 percent of total plasticizer use and just over
6 percent of total Monsanto sales.

The USEPA banned production of PCBs in 1979 due to their
toxic properties, and this class of chemicals was
ultimately phased out of new uses in 1983.
PCBs have been shown to cause a variety of adverse
health effects, notably cancer in animals.
Non-cancer effects include impacts to the nervous, immune,
reproductive, and endocrine systems, among other adverse effects.
PCBs are relatively persistent (i.e., do not readily degrade)
and hydrophobic; consequently the higher chlorinated congeners
tend to accumulate in suspended and bottom sediments
of aquatic systems. Also, PCBs hydrophobicity means they
generally have low water solubility and high solubility in
most organic solvents, oils, and fats.
Therefore, PCBs concentrate in the fatty tissues of organisms
and bioaccumulate in living tissues.
Thus, despite the United States ban of PCB production,
PCBs remain in the environment in soil, water, air,
animal tissue, and vegetation.
Because the industrial use of PCBs has been banned, the
primary sources of PCBs to water likely are
historical sediment contamination.

Learn more about PCBS
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/wrd-swas-tmdl-draftpcb_408124_7.pdf

Commissioners and Warren Water

How knowledgeable and well versed are the current commissioners
and what are you expecting of the candidates in the election ?
Are they representing all aspects of your needs as a resident ?

Warren is in a unique situation having a Sewage Treatment Plant
of its own for the residents, one from the GM Tech Center,
and another from the Arsenal/Missile/Tank area, making 3 total.
It all flows into the Clinton River via the Red Run
–which actually starts in OAKLAND COUNTY, beyond Dequindre Road.

This most certainly affects the Clinton River
and Lake St. Clair over by the Metro-Park.

Do the elected official really know HOW the prior $20 MILLION dollars
of tax money was spent for the Red Run and the results ?
Then add on top the massively expensive Interceptor Pipe Project
which uses tax money for an entirely different purpose.
City, County, State, or Federal – it is all of our tax money !
None of if it is free, none of it comes without a heavy price.

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District 1 Macomb County Michigan

District 1 Macomb County Michigan

Warren Michigan Water Sewer Drain Systems Map

Warren Michigan Water Sewer Drain Systems Map

Red Run Combined Sewer Areas

Red Run Combined Sewer Areas

Red Run 20 Million Dollars

Red Run 20 Million Dollars

Interceptors Oakland Macomb Michigan

Interceptors Oakland Macomb Michigan

Warren North

Warren North

Warren Middle

Warren Middle

Detroit Arsenal StormWater Permit

Detroit Arsenal StormWater Permit

Summer 2014 Water Woe

Slowly the public is understanding the complexities
involved with the DWSD servicing Michigan this summer.
The Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) is broken.

DWSD is estimated to have provided water services
to roughly 40% of ALL the residents in the state of Michigan.
Another statistic exists showing roughly 50 % of all DWSD accounts
are delinquent to the sum of $142.5 million dollars.

A.) People will just have to pay more
for water services and infrastructure.

B.) DWSD as an entity, has little or no value, anymore.
It is next to impossible, in its current condition,
to issue new bonds, borrow money, or acquire new investors.
The DWSD has $5.5 Billion of bond debt hanging over its head.

C.) New federal air quality regulations go into
effect March 2016. Any entity involved with sewage
will have to deal with a new BioSolids Dryer Facility
near the treatment plant along West Jefferson
in order to stay in compliance.

D.) Less people equates to less consumption
and hence less revenue. Recent studies show the demand
for water flow is about half of what it was 15 years ago.
Some communities, like Flint,
will soon get water from the Karegnondi Authority.

E.) New players exist in addition to Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland.
The SouthEastern Oakland County Water Authority and a separate
Western Townships Utility Authority also want a seat
at the table for negotiations

F.) The sale of water department is a very remote possibility.
It would cost the department its tax-exempt status
and make it ineligible for some forms of federal funding;
simply not available to private companies.

Supply Area for DWSD

Supply Area for DWSD

Hard Rains April 29 2014

Fairly intense lightning mixed with intense hard rains
occurred around Metro Detroit on April 29, 2014.
The thunderstorms caused the Red Run water levels
and the Clinton River volume to jump up quickly.

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April 29 2014 Clinton River Red Run

April 29 2014 Clinton River Red Run

Gauge Location Clinton River

Gauge Location Clinton River

Red Run Combined Sewer Areas

Red Run Combined Sewer Areas

Macomb County Red Run Overflow April 2014

Macomb County Red Run Overflow April 2014

12 Towns RTF Red Run Clinton River April 2014

12 Towns RTF Red Run Clinton River April 2014

Subpoenas for Oakland County over DWSD

Nuveen Asset Management and Blackrock Financial Management issued
subpoenas to Oakland County records department regarding
the county’s relationship with the City of Detroit’s
Water and Sewerage Department.

Many people thought it was the other way around.
Oakland and Macomb officials created a fuss
demanding more information from DWSD.

The bonds worth several billion dollars are secured
- based upon the Water Departments ability to get revenue.
The large powerful Wall Street investment firms have a lot to loose.

ARTHUR SIEGAL wrote in dBusiness
“”The water department has apparently not set its rates high enough
to cover all the infrastructure improvements needed
over the next 5-10 years, it is possible, although perhaps unlikely,
that a Macomb-Oakland system might actually cost less to develop,
construct and operate than the existing water system would cost to upgrade.””
“”This much turmoil would seem to make the department’s recent request
for proposals less appealing to the financial community
than would previously have been the case.””

The guys holding the money bags want straight answers.

Nuveen

Nuveen


http://www.nuveen.com/Home/ResourceCenter/MunicipalBondInvestment.aspx?section=Benefits

Blackrock

Blackrock


http://www.blackrock.com/investing/search/general-search-results?searchText=bonds&searchType=generalSearch&blkTopic=bonds

Oak Park and Red Run

People tend to forget how far WEST the watershed
goes to encompass the 14 cities involved with
the Kuhn Retention Basin and Red Run.
Oakland County and Macomb County are forced to work
together for sewer and storm water issues.

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Oak Park Kuhn Retention Red Run

Oak Park Kuhn Retention Red Run

Oak Park Mayor Kuhn Red Run

Oak Park Mayor Kuhn Red Run

Red Run assessment roll 2010-2014

Red Run assessment roll 2010-2014

Cities in Clinton River Watershed

Cities in Clinton River Watershed

SouthEast Michigan Sewage Districts

SouthEast Michigan Sewage Districts

Beginnings of Red Run 12 Towns Drain

The Red Run has been around a long, long time
Northern Warren and surrounding communities were
still farming communities in the late 1950′s.
Oakland County was calling the shots for what
flowed thru Warren and Sterling Heights in Macomb.

Aerial photos
http://bit.ly/EarlyRedRun

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1958 Commissioner and Red Run

1958 Commissioner and Red Run

Red Run The last 100 years

Red Run The last 100 years

County Commissioners meet April 17

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is
scheduled to meet on April 17, 2014,
and the $3 million expenditure is on page 17 of the agenda

http://www.oakgov.com/boc/Documents/agendas/boc_full/14_04_17.pdf

April 11, 2014
The following is the Agenda for the April 17, 2014
Board of Commissioners Meeting

Page 17 = REPORT April 17, 2014
BY: Planning and Building Committee, Jim Runestad, Chairperson
RE: MR #14064 – Evaluation of Alternatives to
Continued Utilization of the Detroit Water and Sewerage System (DWSD)
by Oakland County Government and Communities

To the Oakland County Board of Commissioners

BACK in 2007 the then Oakland County Drain Commissioner published
an extensive, 5 volume “Water and Wastewater Master Plan”
prepared by URS Engineers.
Volume 4 of the Master Plan is a 125 page “Alternatives Analysis.”

Why spend upwards of $3 million to update a study that already exists ?

A tip of the hat to http://dwsdupdate.blogspot.com/ for making folks aware of this

Understanding the Kuhn Weir

Focus on the word – WEIRNumber 1 – in the diagram below
Notice the I-75 highway in the picture. Lock visually onto Number 1, it’s important.

Overview Red Run Kuhn Retention Center

Overview Red Run Kuhn Retention Center

This part of the Red Run Drain is buried underground
You’ll see the I-75 Highway in the background.
Picture below says Detroit, it’s really Madison Heights, MI

Red Run Kuhn Drain GWK Drainage Project

Red Run Kuhn Drain GWK Drainage Project

Weir is a specific unique type of low small dam to control water by
not only obstructing it, but also by letting water flow over it.
The water collected behind the obstruction can be diverted elsewhere
and the water that spills over it can be directed as well.
Sometimes geometric shaped notches like a rectangle or v-shape
are used at the top of a weir to direct the thrust of the water.
It is a passive device, functioning strictly on water level.

By confining, restricting, directing the water to a narrow portion of the weir,
via a notch, v-shape, etc. ; the weir equations are a bit easier to figure out
and give more accurate results because of inevitable errors in measuring
the large cross sectional area of wide, shallow, streams and rivers.

If someone had a stream running through a property and they
wanted to create a pond, they would install a weir.
The water would back up the flow until the desired pond level was reached,
and then any excess would overflow needing a directional channel.

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SIMPLIFIED view :

Weir Control Device

Weir Control Device

Weir slots

Weir slots

In dry weather, runoff from 27 square miles across 14 communities
is routed to the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant via a pipe
at 12 Mile and Stephenson
— where the WEIR is located.

When very heavy continual rain causes some sewage
from those multiple communities in Oakland County
(over 90 percent of which is actually storm water)
to exceed the physical capacity to Detroit,
the excess flow tops a weir
and is diverted to the 2.2-mile-long underground GWK basin.
The G.W.Kuhn is a Retention facility, it only temporarily holds water a few hours.
Here the solid waste is thoroughly separated and removed.
The water gets pumped back to Detroit.
The Kuhn Retention Basin is in Madison Heights, Oakland County.
Dequindre Road is the physical county boundary.

Overview Map Red Run Kuhn Retention facility

Overview Map Red Run Kuhn Retention facility

Low Flow – Red Run meandering below Ryan Road in Warren, MI

Low flow Red Run

Low flow Red Run

High Flow – Red Run very strongly flowing under Ryan Road Bridge in Warren, MI

High Water Red Run Drain Ryan Road

High Water Red Run Drain Ryan Road

If the volume is so high that it tops the second weir,
the excess is disinfected by carefully controlled amounts
of sodium hypochlorite, similar to swimming pool chlorine
or household bleach. The chemical is dispensed through
plastic pipes and titanium pumps connected to eight tanks
in a secure room, with each tank holding 18,000 gallons.

From there the water, now clean, heads toward Dequindre.
If it tops the third weir, it’s back to Lake St. Clair
via the Red Run Drain, a tributary of the Clinton River.
And from there it’s off to the Great Lakes.

Conner Creek and Red Run connection

Delaware Indians, in the mid 1780′s escaping from marauding
American militia, sought refuge along the
Clinton River on land granted by the Chippewa.

Clarence M. Burton the prominent historian stated
“A band of Moravians went to Gnaden-huetten”
(a settlement just west of Mt Clemens
on the bank of the Clinton River)
“in the spring of 1782 to collect corn they
had planted the previous fall.”

A road was needed because the ground
was often too muddy for wagons filled with
grain to be sent to the mill in Detroit.
By 1786 this group of Moravian Indians
had built the first inland road in Michigan
in order to carry their wheat
to the mill on Tremble Creek.

It ran 23 and one half miles from what is now
Southwest Mt. Clemens along the south branch
of the Clinton River, along Red Run,
then heading south along Bear Creek
down what is now Sherwood,
then Southeast along Connor
which was along Tremble’s Creek
now Connor’s Creek to Tremble’s mill.

At the point where 10 mile road crossed
this old trail road; Kunrod’s Corners was
established which eventually lead to the
creation of Center Line.

The trail road is a legacy left to American pioneers
after their tribe had been brutally massacred by the Americans.
The first settlers may have followed this plank road
that the Indians had built along the
Red Run Creek to a higher spot near what is now Mound Road.

Red Run Drain Map Clinton River

Red Run Drain Map Clinton River

Conner Creek Bear Creek Warren

Conner Creek Bear Creek Warren

Conner Creek Bike Path

Conner Creek Bike Path

Origin of Karegnondi name

Excerpt from MACDC Pipeline magazine article
By Theresa Lark and Jeff Hammer

Karegnondi Map Cartography

Karegnondi Map Cartography

WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The native Huron-Petun (later known as Wyandot)
people referred to Lake Huron as Karegnondi,
translated as “big lake.” Cartographer Nicolas
Sanson’s 1656 map of the territory bears that name
for the “fresh water sea” encountered by French
explorers. Karegnondi bridges the centuries to
honor that early heritage.

Karegnondi Pipeline for Macomb and Oakland Counties
might be the ticket away from reliance on DWSD.

Lake Huron Water

Lake Huron Water

KWA Pipeline

KWA Pipeline

PCB in Red Run Clinton River 2014

Every two years, the MDEQ, WRD, prepares and submits an
Integrated Report to the United States Environmental
Protection Agency to satisfy the listing requirements
and the reporting requirements of
the federal Clean Water Act.
- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
- Water Resources Division (WRD)

Even in 2014 the Red Run and Clinton River still have
noticeable issues with PCBs in the water column.

An HUC code is the Hydrological Unit Code
The TMDL is the Total Maximum Daily Loads

http://water.usgs.gov/lookup/getwatershed?04090003/www/cgi-bin/lookup/getwatershed

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HUC codes Clinton River

HUC codes Clinton River

Red Run PCB in Water Column 2014

Red Run PCB in Water Column 2014

The draft 2014 Integrated Report is available at
http://www.michigan.gov/deqwater
or by contacting
Denise Page at 517-284-5523 or paged@michigan.gov.

Questions may be submitted to Kevin Goodwin,MDEQ, WRD,
525 West Allegan Street,
P.O. Box 30458,
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958,
or e-mail at goodwink@michigan.gov
Information Contact: Kevin Goodwin at 517-284-5552.

Red Run 2010 Report

Red Run 2010 Report

Macomb County Drinking Water supply ?

A recent bond deal from Karegnondi Water Authority,
which includes Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac counties,
was one the largest in the state of Michigan.
How will Macomb County residents get their drinking water ?

Flint had (past tense) bought treated water from Detroit
and that represented approximately 5% of DWSD revenue.
Due to geographic distances, Flint and Genesee County
paid higher rates for the Detroit water supply.

Kevin Orr plans to stay on track by exiting in September,
when he can be removed from his post by the city council.

Investors in Detroit Water and Sewage Bonds:

Guy Davidson
- Director of munis at AllianceBernstein
Holding LP in New York.
Davidson watches over $30 Billion,
a portion of which is invested in DWSD bonds

Robert DiMella
- Head of MacKay Municipal Managers
in Princeton, New Jersey.
DiMella oversees about $7.5 billion,
some of which is invested in DWSD bonds

Anthony Marrocco, Macomb County public works commissioner,
doesn’t appear bothered by Orr’s pursuit
of a potential private operator.
Anothy Marrocco is quoted by a Bloomberg News report
“We’re going to have our service regardless
of who’s going to be in charge of the DWSD”

What does that exactly mean to residents of Macomb
is anybodys guess as Marrocco has been pretty quiet
lately regarding the whole mess.
Quite often it appears that Oakland County is the
Big Dog that wags its tail as Macomb merely follows along.

Oakland County hired law firm Carson Fischer PLC
to represent it in talks about the Great Lakes agency proposal.
Oakland County is prepared to pay $3 million
of which $500,000 will be used immediately to explore options.

How much Macomb County “may” spend seems to be a secret !

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Macomb County Drinking Water

Macomb County Drinking Water

Will Oakland/Macomb look North for H2O ?

There will be a new water intake facility on Lake Huron
and over 60 miles of pipeline, referred to as the
Karegnondi Water Authority for Genessee County and Flint.

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KWA Pipeline

KWA Pipeline

Will the counties of Oakland and Macomb tap in as well ?
A new intake will add overcapacity;
hence clean water availability from the north.
This would effectively cut reliance and payments to DWSD.

Flint will be relying on its own
water treatment plant and water drawn
from the Flint River as early as April 17, 2014.

KWA completed its $220 million bond sale a few days ago.
Debt maturation date is set to November 2043
priced to yield 4.89 percent.
The securities are rated A2 by Moody’s Investor Service

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Lake Huron Water

Lake Huron Water

Wastewater capacity for Warren

How does Warren, Michigan compare to the rest of the country ?
The average domestic residential water use per person
in the U.S.A. is approx. 90 gallon per day.
Outdoor water use is one of the reasons for
the high domestic water use in the U.S.A.
About 60% of domestic water use is for pools,
gardening, washing cars and recreational equipment.
The other 40% is indoor use like toilets,
baths, showers, washing clothes.
These are approximations, averages,
educated guesses and there are
regional differences in the USA.
A short 5-minute shower uses between
25 – 50 gallons of water.
That’s comparable to washing a load of clothes.
http://water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html

About 97% of the Earth’s water is undrinkable.
Another two percent is tied up in glaciers and ice caps.
The remaining one percent is left for us.
Be very, very happy you live in Michigan.

It’s easy to see how 100,000 residential people using
50 gallons a day dumped into the sewer system;
need a Waste Water Treatment Plant
being able to handle 5 MILLION gallons a day.
The reality is that indoor usage is probably closer
to 75 gallons a day for 7.5 MILLION gallons a day.
Industry has a complete different classification
with its own set of rules and regulations.

The City of Warren Waste Water Treatment Plant
has a capacity around 36 MILLION gallons a day.

City of Warren Wastewater Treatment Plant discharges
Blended Effluent – when it can’t keep up .

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Blended Effluent

Blended Effluent

“City of Warren also experiences considerable
infiltration and inflow into the sanitary sewers,
which could increase the normal daily flow
of about 30 mgd to over 150 mgd. ”
mgd = millions of gallons per day

Folks, that is a ~ 5 fold increase ~
in the amount of water — due to rain events.

As seen in the 2003 Detroit Water and
Sewerage Department report

http://www.dwsd.org/downloads_n/about_dwsd/masterplan_wastewater/volume1

Fouts has written letters to U.S. Rep Sander Levin
requesting federal aid. He specifically asked
for Levin’s help in securing financial assistance
as Warren attempts to upgrade its
“50-year-old antiquated infrastructure that
cannot handle large volumes of water in a short time.”
Fouts called on Levin to initiate legislation to
afford special appropriations to older communities,
including Warren, “whose sewer capacity
is inadequate for situations like this.”

Warren has “””special permits””” not used by other facilities in Michigan

http://www.deq.state.mi.us/csosso/event_info.asp?optEvent=14941&cmdSubmit=View+Selected+Event

IN THE MONTH OF APRIL, last year

Reporting Entity: Warren
Event Type: SSO
Notification Date/Time: 4/12/2013 – 1:53:00 PM
Event Start Date/Time: 4/12/2013 – 8:37:00 AM
Event End Date/Time: 4/13/2013 – 6:24:00 AM
Volume: 23.57 MG …that is 23 Million gallons
Characterization: The discharge was reported per statutory requirements.
Precipitation Type: Rain
Precipitation Amount: 2.81
Precipitation Start Date: 4/8/2013 – 1:50:00 PM
Precipitation End Date: 4/12/2013 – 6:32:00 AM
Reason For Discharge: Rain caused retention basin to overflow
Entity Actions to Stop/Min Discharge: Pumped maximum flow through WWTP
Discharge Locations:
Outfall Description: Blended effluent….
Outfall Location: Outfall 001C
Receiving Water: Red Run Drain (tributary to Clinton River)
Land Impacted: None
Volume from this Outfall: 23.57 Million Gallons
Discharge Water Quality: Blended….
Outfall Discharge Start: 4/12/2013 – 8:37:00 AM
Outfall Discharge End: 4/13/2013 – 6:24:00 AM
Actions by MDEQ: NPDES permit contains schedule to eliminate blending

Schedule of Compliance:
The NPDES permit requires construction of all SSO projects
to be completed by December 1, 2016

EnviroMix and Warren, Michigan

EnviroMix technology will be utilized as part of an
energy savings performance contract (ESPC)
with the City of Warren, Michigan,
at the Warren Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The 36 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility
will be upgraded to provide a biological phosphorus removal
(BPR) process
in lieu of the existing chemical phosphorus removal.

EnviroMix technology involves mixing
anoxic and anaerobic biological treatment cells
within the current footprint of the operating process.
The BioMix system is expected to be operational
during the second quarter, 2014.
The solution offered by EnviroMix reduced capital
and installation costs and will also reduce
the load to 15 horsepower.

http://www.enviro-mix.com/video.php

Phosphorus expelled in wastewater leads to
algal blooming, excessive aguatic growth and oxygen depletion.
They are classified in the phyla:
diatoms, chlorophyta, euglenophyta, dinoflagellata,
chrysophyta, phaeophyta, rhodophyta

Algae are often referred to as plant-like organisms
but do not have true roots, stems, leaves, vascular tissue.
Algae have chlorophyll and can manufacture their own food
through the process of photosynthesis.

EnviroMix technology

EnviroMix technology

Elevation and basements

People often “forget” or simply don’t think much
of the pipes flowing in/out of their basements.
Do you happen to know the elevation of your driveway,
your patio, or the slab of concrete in your basement ?
Even Lake Erie is 571 feet above sea level.
Most of Warren,MI is around 620, 630 ft above sea level.
Water must be made to flow ~ somewhere ~ otherwise
it merely pools, puddles, collects wherever it can.

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Typical House

Typical House


City of Warren storm drain

City of Warren storm drain

METCO studied the underground drainage piping in Warren.
The City of Warren is basically flat, somewhere around 620 ft elevation
The underground piping is approximately in the 600 to 610 ft range.
Keep in mind 1 mile = 5,280 ft and the water has to flow 1,000′s of feet.
Start at Zero 0 – 5,280 ft – 10,560 ft – 15,840 ft – 21,120 ft
Sewage Water has to flow via gravity , or otherwise
be pumped for miles, to be treated at a facility.

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Items labeled PCI5, PCI6, PCI7 are various parts
of the much larger entire Interceptor Project

Ground Level Interceptor OMID

Ground Level Interceptor OMID


Interceptor Warren Michigan area

Interceptor Warren Michigan area

Underground Ryan Road Red Run Bridge

Underground Ryan Road Red Run Bridge


Flood Plain Elevation Red Run Bridge

Flood Plain Elevation Red Run Bridge

Anyone can pull the elevation maps for their neighborhood by using
the FlexViewer GIS Map from Macomb County.

http://gis.macombgov.org/flexviewer2

Then click on Layers, Natural Features, Contours
FlexViewer does so much more than most people imagine.

Warren North

Warren North


Warren Middle

Warren Middle


Warren South

Warren South


Catch basin for sand, dirt, debris

Catch basin for sand, dirt, debris


Typical house piping layout

Typical house piping layout

April Showers in Warren 2014

The metropolitan Detroit area has endured one the
coldest winters of the last few decades.
Even the ground for opening day at Comerica Park is frozen.

April last year (2013) was extremely wet.
Many areas were 5 to 8 inches ~above~ the normal rainfall.
Michigan averages 2.5 to 3 inches precipitation in April.
Frozen ground simply won’t let the rain drip down into it.

If a lot of rain falls, and the ground is still frozen,
plan on some flooding to occur around town in April 2014.
Gardeners plan on the possibility of getting frost
into late April and even the first week of May for
the Warren, Michigan vicinity.

Puddle

Puddle

Last Freeze Dates USA

Last Freeze Dates USA

Manhole access and maintenance

The underground infrastructure needs routine maintenance.
Access exists to clean out debris when there is NO crisis,
as part of the general operations of the system.
It is to be expected to be done on a continual schedule,
with monies set aside specifically for that intended purpose.
There should not be a unique event celebrating the job.

Call the city and the county to make sure your neighborhood
is properly maintained this year to prevent flooding issues.

Manhole access point

Manhole access point

All the debris from those patched potholes, along with
what the snowplows pushed into piles, now becomes a
problem for the stormdrains all around town.
Eventually that debris builds up down there, and it needs
maintenance , for smooth continuous flow of rain water.

Street grates

Street grates

When the catch basin are clogged; the water begins to back up,
and instead of flowing away from the area, it begins to saturate
the ground, infiltrating into any crack, seam, hole, that exists.
A domino effect occurs, where everything in the vicinity gets hit.

What occurs underground is just as important, if not even more so,
than what you see above ground in the street. Those street sweepers
exist for a great reason. They help to prevent future problems.
You and your neighbors can help themselves, by occasionally sweeping
the street in front of your homes, and disposing of the debris.

Catch basin for sand, dirt, debris

Catch basin for sand, dirt, debris


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Street sweeper

Street sweeper

Don’t wait until a crisis occurs, be pro-active, instead of re-active.
Taxes get used in many ways, and when maintenance doesn’t get done,
-residents start to pay out of pocket – i.e. they pay twice.

DWSD as American Water Company

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department ~may~ have to operate
alongside the American Water Company according to Kevin Orr.

The American Water Company already operates in the
State of Michigan , so it is not a newcomer.
http://www.amwater.com/miaw/

Kevin Orr spoke to this fact on Sunday March 16, 2014
as Devin Scillian spoke to him on the FlashPoint show.
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/politics/flashpoint/1718960

About Michigan American Water :
Michigan American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of
American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and
reliable water services to more than 10,000 people.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest
publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.
With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs
approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide
drinking water, wastewater and other related services.

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American Water customer base

American Water customer base

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Michigan American Water

Michigan American Water

SideNote
Michigan state representative Kurt Heise (R-20th District)
introduced a bill in late January calling for the creation
of a new regional water authority to oversee the DWSD’s assets.
One representative in each of the 126 municipal governments
in the DWSD’s service area would be appointed to the
authority’s board, giving Detroit the same representation
as each of the DWSD’s suburban customers.
The board would also have a 13-member executive committee,
of which Detroit’s representative would be a permanent member.
Detroit would maintain ownership of its water and
wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure.

Standing Water on Roads

WHY is there soooo much standing water on the roads in March
as we drive around greater metropolitan Detroit Michigan ?
Perhaps it’s because they were built with improper drainage capability.

Road Storm Drainage Systems

Road Storm Drainage Systems

It’s easy to make a road; but a whole lot tougher to connect it
repeatedly to underground drainage network via multiple stormdrains.

MDOT is forced to work with County DRAIN commissioners as
roads are maintained, upgraded, and overhauled in the state.

Design Construction gravity sewers

Design Construction gravity sewers

No drainage = standing water. Puddles freeze at night in March.
That puddle in the right lane = ice forcing concrete open = potholes

The 2 percent drainage slope

The 2 percent drainage slope

Public Works Commissioner:
A statutory officer elected every four years.
S/he is responsible for the administration of the
Drain Code of 1956, as amended.
The duties of the Public Works Commissioner
include the construction and maintenance of County drains,
determining drainage districts, apportioning costs of drains
among property owners, and receiving bids and awarding
contracts for drain construction.
The Public Works Commissioner also approves drainage in subdivisions.
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Watersheds Macomb County

Watersheds Macomb County


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Road storm drainage

Road storm drainage

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