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GLWA first meeting

The Great Lakes Water Authority GLWA met on Friday December 12, 2014 downtown Detroit.

GLWA meeting notice

GLWA meeting notice 

 

A state-appointed representative will need to be picked and join the board.

Macomb County has many of its own challenges to overcome, exacerabated via Oakland Counties continued negligence in fixing its own Combined Sewer System, which spills into the Red Run Drain.

Macomb County officials need to man up and stop letting Oakland County run amok. Residents are facing repeated flooding events and demand connections into the Interceptor, to relieve surcharging of the drains in places like Warren.

Hopefully the gentleman from Sterling Heights, acting as a rep in the GLWA, does his background homework on the 12TownsDrain, George Kuhn Retention Basin, and its cause/effect role upon Macomb County residents .

The 4 Quart 24 hr challenge

The challenge asks participants to live on 4 quarts of water;
for 24 hours — including bathing, cooking, drinking, cleaning,etc.
The standard average American uses approx. 100 gallons per day
and the challenge founder wants Americans to think harder about water usage.

4Quarts

4Quarts

Americans take water for granted, despite extensive news coverage
of droughts, extensive pollution concerns, and other media.
If water began to cost $25 a gallon , people would change quickly.
Perhaps it is time, to raise, the cost of drinking water in the USA.
It costs real money to get clean drinkable water, pumped, into your kitchen.

https://www.4liters.org/enter_feed

Once someone actually …HAS TO… live on a gallon day,
then they fundamentally change the way they think about water.

Water is more basic and essential than food.
It is the one item, all 8 Billion of us on the planet,
have to have, on a regular basis to survive, day to day.
Pay those water bills first, it is that important,
and the water bill is pretty damn cheap in the USA.
Don’t want to pay so much, reduce your usage, pay less.
Purified drinking water, pumped to a faucet, costs money.

Chemicals in the Clinton River

The Clinton River shows signs of pesticides, herbicides,
insecticides and fungicides potentially threatening insects and fish.

An article by Eric Freedman in The Great Lakes Echo, December 4, 2014
describes research done on Michigan’s urban streams and rivers.
Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station
(http://www.kbs.msu.edu/)
assisted in the study by the USGS and Department of the Interior.

Rain runoff from golf courses combined with hundreds of thousands
residential homes using “pest control” and numerous industrial parks
using fertilization services; contribute to chemicals in the rivers.
Herbicides applied directly to lakes for control of aquatic plants
also enter into the Clinton River.

It is a cumulative effect, from numerous sources, adding up quickly,
for a total; that monitoring equipment easily detects.
The catch, there are hundreds of different chemicals being used ,
and funding to monitor everywhere, all the time, just does not exist.

The Geological Survey said, “One or more pesticide compounds were
almost always present at detectable levels in stream water.”
The findings are based on tests from 1992 to 2011.

“There were detectable concentrations in water more than
90 percent of the time across all streams sampled that had significant
agricultural or urban land use in their watersheds,” it said.

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Red Run EPA EnviroMapper

Red Run EPA EnviroMapper

Links to the studies
http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5154/
http://www.kbs.msu.edu/
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es5025367
http://greatlakesecho.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/echo-pesticides.docx
http://greatlakesecho.org/2014/12/04/pesticide-levels-in-rivers-may-threaten-fish-insects/

Open stormdrains and electrical power 2015

Michigan Public Service Commission has said that DTE
– does not – do enough to trim trees near power lines.
Land near waterways poses unique challenges of who owns what
and which easement rights of access need to be observed.
Trees grow well where water is abundant and plentiful.

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Flood Area Warren Sterling Heights

Flood Area Warren Sterling Heights

An article written by Jay Greene in Crain’s Detroit Business
published December 05, 2014 goes on to describe how the
state commission has criticized DTE’s track record on tree trimming.

Power outages to huge amounts of residents and businesses
are blamed on limbs falling on the power lines during storms.

The MPSC has ordered DTE to cut more than their “normal” rights-of-way
to avoid residents having to rely on gas powered generators.
It is no secret to Michigan residents that failure to do
serious tree trimming is the major reason for most power outages.
A MPSC report pulls no punches claiming a full 40 percent of
the tree-related outages were caused by trees growing
outside of the utilities’ official right-of-way corridors.

An excellent place to start would be in Warren and Sterling Heights
where around 260,000 people live near open stormdrain channels.
Numerous other communities also have open waterways with trees
and powerlines criss-crossing the land near the water.

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Red Run watershed

Red Run watershed

Metro Detroit using CRWU from EPA ?

EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative assists
the water sector, which includes drinking water, wastewater,
and stormwater utilities, in addressing climate change impacts.
Through the development of practical and easy-to-use tools,
EPA promotes a clear understanding of climate science
and adaptation options by translating complex climate
projections into accessible formats
.
This information helps utility owners and operators
better prepare their systems for the impacts of climate change.

EPA Climate Ready Utilities

EPA Climate Ready Utilities

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Extreme weather events, sea level rise,
shifting precipitation patterns and temperature variability,
all intensified by climate change, have significant implications
for the sustainability of the water sector.
By planning for, assessing and adapting to these challenges,
the water sector can fulfill their public health and
environmental missions
and begin the process of becoming climate ready.

VIDEO – “Becoming Climate Ready”
http://youtu.be/hzT6TP1p29g

Water Utility Climate Resilience Support Projects
EPA is supporting more than 20 comprehensive climate-related
risk assessments for drinking water and wastewater utilities
using the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool.
The Agency will provide technical assessment assistance
to the participating utilities, which will help identify
adaptation strategies for implementation to bolster
climate readiness and resilience.

The DEQ and SAW program

Grants via the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
from the Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) program
will provide assistance for developing, planning and design.

The SAW grants are funded via the Michigan Department of Treasury
as general obligation debt as authorized in the Great Lakes Water Quality Bond.
The SAW program was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013,
and operates alongside the established State Revolving Fund
and Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund loan programs,
as well as the S2 Grant Program,
to support water pollution control efforts in Michigan.
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http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-ess-mfs-SAW-fundinglist_450152_7.pdf

SAW loans in Michigan

SAW loans in Michigan

Macomb County Wastewater Disposal District received $2,000,000
(shown on the very bottom of page 2 in the pdf file)

Conner Creek Bear Creek Warren

Conner Creek Bear Creek Warren

SAW program comparison table

SAW program comparison table

Oakland County is forced to “”drain”” itself into Macomb County
since Macomb County is on Lake St. Clair, at a lower elevation.
Perhaps Oakland County needs to pay a premium, a usage fee, a tax,
to consistently flow stormwater into Macomb County ?

Inter-County Drainage Board

There is an Inter-County Drainage Board that meets
regarding the Red Run StormWater Drain originating
in Oakland County and flowing thru The City of Warren
in Macomb County.

I wonder what they tried to accomplish years ago
by raising the height of manhole access tubes
along the banks of the Red Run .

Does the GLWA now oversee the Inter-County Drainage Board ?
http://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/red-run-30-year-contract-in-2014/

Cobbled Up ManHole Cover

Cobbled Up ManHole Cover

Raised Manhole Access Tube

Raised Manhole Access Tube

Red Run Drain ManHole Access

Red Run Drain ManHole Access

The neighborhood

The neighborhood

InterCounty Drain Board Kuhn Drain Oct 2014

InterCounty Drain Board Kuhn Drain Oct 2014

Red Run Drain Sediment Sampling 2009

Not sure I understand how 8 sediment samples generates
a report of 1,500 pages but it is the USACE at work.

Here is a portion of that report (File is 11 MB large) :

USACE Red Run Drain Sediment Sampling 2009

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Somehow much of the testing appeared to be have been Halted around 2009
Perhaps funding dried up, personal changed positions, etc., etc.
http://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/2014-local-waterway-testing-macomb-county/
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You would think with all the hard rains, flooding events and such
that Political Officials would be itching to know what got thrown
into Lake St. Clair where everyone recreates in the water.
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PCBs seems to persist
http://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/pcb-in-red-run-clinton-river-2014/

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Condition Red Run 2008

Condition Red Run 2008

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Boat Launches

Boat Launches

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Surface currents Lake St. Clair

Surface currents Lake St. Clair

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Belle Isle intake

Belle Isle intake

Why is USACE hiding Lab Results ?

Recently I requested more info about the a sediment sampling
project recently done on the Red Run Drain in Warren, Michigan
FEMA is in town to help flooding victims from the 2014 event as well.

This is a follow-up post referencing :
http://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/mdeq-analysis-on-red-run-drain-2015/

The issue of sediment DID NOT seem to be on the table before
as heavy equipment scooped and dug and dumped
within the waters of the Red Run during the bank reconstruction.

There were NO Silt Curtains installed to impede the sediment
from flowing downstream during the Red Run bank reconstruction.
http://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/silt-curtains-and-contaminated-sediment/

The sediment in the Red Run seems to be a “”concern””
– otherwise all interested parties would openly share info about it.
The sediment must impact the Clinton River environment as well;
since millions of gallons of CSO get violently thrown down
the Red Run channel every time the area gets a hard rainfall.
Flooding happens in Warren, and action is needed to stop it.
Oakland County drains itself via the Red Run Drain,
at the expense and suffering of Warren Michigan residents.
When the Red Run is at 615 to 620 ft in elevation,
so is everything else connected to it, like street drains.
It all leaks underground, surcharging the sanitary drain for households.
Bear Creek by General Motors is connected as well.

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FOIA Red Run Sediment Sampling Report

FOIA Red Run Sediment Sampling Report

The Red Run in Warren as we know it today came about
via the USA Federal Flood Control Act of 1970.
Make no mistake about it.
The USA House of Representatives Document # 91-431
via Chief Engineer of the United States Army Corps of Engineering.

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Red Run as Flood Control Act 1970

Red Run as Flood Control Act 1970

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1970 Flood Control Act

1970 Flood Control Act

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Red Run The last 100 years

Red Run The last 100 years

How high is the Bridge for Ryan Road over the Red Run ?
Apparently not high enough, since the waters went over it in 2014.
It nearly happened in 2011 , just missing by inches.

Federal Official FLOOD Plain at 615 ft elevation — Old FEMA mapping 2006

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Flood Plain Elevation Red Run Bridge

Flood Plain Elevation Red Run Bridge


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Elevation Ryan Road Bridge Red Run Warren

Elevation Ryan Road Bridge Red Run Warren

FEMA determinations use 2006 data

Depending on exactly where you live
FEMA will determine IF a “type” of flood zone applies
– or does not apply – to your exact specific location.

The maps used for FEMA determinations in Warren Michigan
were created from 2006 data, and are clearly marked.

FEMA is in the process of updating the maps for Warren Michigan
and may – or may not – determine which “type” of flood zone applies
to an exact specific location.

People may do well to research insurance for
a Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) for buildings outside
of a SFHA – Special Flood Hazard Area

Water in the Red Run Drain comes primarily from Oakland County.
Oakland County releases StormWater from the Kuhn Retention Basin.

Will Oakland County pay for damages incurred in Macomb County ?
How will the newly formed Regional Water Authority handle this ?
Will Brian Baker fight for us in Warren ?

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Brian Baker

Brian Baker 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FEMA Letter of Map Amendment 2014

FEMA Letter of Map Amendment 2014 


 
 
FEMA Map Amendment Letter 2014

FEMA Map Amendment Letter 2014


Aug. 11, 2014 RyanRoad RedRun WarrenMI

Aug. 11, 2014 RyanRoad RedRun WarrenMI


Ryan Road underwater Red Run Bridge Warren

Ryan Road underwater Red Run Bridge Warren

People per Sewer Pipe ?

Sometimes people forget how many neighbors they have
– with toilets and bathtubs – all using the same pipes -
merely using strictly gravity, to get feces to the only
Waste Water treatment plant in Northern Warren.
Precinct maps provide the answers, especially when the Red Run
is used as a political boundary, instead of the roads.

Count the houses – guess the number of occupants -
Does the current system really work well when it rains hard,
overloading the system with excess inflow/infiltration ?
Have you mentioned those facts to the politicians representing you ?
Perhaps you have recently spoken to a FEMA representative ?

Warren doesn’t pump sewage, it’s a gravity fed system.
Thousands of neighborhood homes hooked up many, many years ago.
It all needs periodic maintenance, and funding to maintain it.

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2011 Precinct Map Northern Warren

2011 Precinct Map Northern Warren

Warren Michigan Sewer Flow

Warren Michigan Sewer Flow

Warren Michigan Sewer Flow Part 2

Warren Michigan Sewer Flow Part 2

Warren Michigan Sewer Flow Part 3

Warren Michigan Sewer Flow Part 3

Warren Michigan Sewer System

Warren Michigan Sewer System

MDEQ analysis on Red Run Drain 2015 ?

Back on November 1, 2012 (2 years ago) the
Clinton River Public Advisory Council
held a “special meeting”
http://www.crwc.org/wp-content/uploads/PAC-Meeting-Minutes-11-1-12.pdf

MDEQ = ( Michigan Department Environmental Quality )

It is of course, November 1, 2014, now !
Macomb County and Oakland County will have to
cooperate and come to terms with FLOODING issues
concerning StormWater flow into the Clinton River.

Apparently the MDEQ was previously un-able
to properly analyze shoal material dug up by the USACE.
( United States Army Corp of Engineers )

There is no doubt shoals exist in numerous spots
along the Red Run Drain flowing into the Clinton River.
The sediment is very deep and restricts the flow of water,
constricting it, in effect raising the elevation of the channel.

Shoal Removal
http://www.oakgov.com/water/Pages/projects/red_run_shoal_removal.aspx

With the recent flooding events (plural, multiple occasions)
why does the USACE hesitate to dredge the Red Run Drain ?
Landslides and failure of bank stabilization efforts only
increase the amount of sediment in the channel.
All fish in the Clinton River flowing into Lake St. Clair
have their delicate gills damaged by fine sediment.

USACE Red Run Sediment Sampling Analysis from 2010,
Mike Alexander, MDEQ

In May of 2010 the USACE conducted sediment sampling and analysis
from eight locations within the Red Run Drain for estimating
environmental impacts of disposal activities in conjunction
with a concurrent storm water project.
The sample collection method that was expected to be used
was to advance a hand-driven sediment sampler to
collect one sample at the eight different locations.
However, this method was proven ineffective
due to the quantity of rock and debris that
did not allow the sampler to be advanced.
Therefore, the eight samples were collected using a spade
to expose the shoal material where the samples could
then be collected from the exposed walls of the hole.
Due to the high sand and gravel loadings in this
very flashy drain the MDEQ feels that this type of “grab” sampling
is not an adequate method for determining the characterization
of the sediments of the Red Run Drain.
To fully and accurately characterize the sediments
the MDEQ will be requesting approval for a full site characterization
of the Red Run Drain to allow for future decision making

and potential remediation.

Fish Sampling Data and/or Data Gaps in the Red Run Drain,
Kevin Goodwin and Joe Bohr, MDEQ

At this time there is no relatively current fish sampling data
from the Red Run Drain. The MDEQ will pursue future monitoring
efforts to fill this data gap.

Additional Information :

Recovery R Project # 113809
Red Run Drain Oakland County, Michigan
Sediment Sampling Analysis
Solicitation Number: W911XK-09-D-0014-0009

Agency: Department of the Army
Office: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: USACE District, Detroit
Contract Award Date: March 16, 2010
Contract Award Number: W911XK-09-D-0014-0009
Contract Award Dollar Amount: $11,198
Contract Line Item Number: 0001-0002

Contractor Awardee:
FUTURENET GROUP, INC. (933549230)
12801 AUBURN ST
DETROIT, MI 48223-3413

This Project Plan will describe the collection of sediment samples
for the purpose characterizing the shoaled material
in the Red Run Drain in Oakland County, Michigan.
A total of 8 samples will be collected from 8 stations
within the shoaled areas in the Red Run Drain.

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NTH Study Red Run Shoals

NTH Study Red Run Shoals


red-run-clinton-river-lake-st-clair

red-run-clinton-river-lake-st-clair


GIS Mapping Red Run

GIS Mapping Red Run


Water Bodies in Warren from MDOT

Water Bodies in Warren from MDOT

Warren Michigan history of flooding

It’s no surprise to those that have lived here in Warren
during the 1970’s that flooding occurred already back then.
Flooding is NOT new, and is a frequent occurrence in the City.
FEMA has it on the books from 1974
The FEMA maps could use an overhaul now in 2014.

Somewhere in an archive box my parents have a list from City Hall
documenting each time the City sent out a person to snake
the basement drains in an attempt to “fix” the problem.
I think I remember distributing that list to City Council
at a meeting concerning housing development along the Red Run.
The City no longer provides that service for free and attempts
to distance itself from “responsibility” for sewer backups.

FEMA acronyms :
– Community Identification Number (CID)
– Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM),
– Flood Boundary and Floodway Map (FBFM),
– Flood Hazard Boundary Map (FHBM)

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Warren Michigan National Flood Program

Warren Michigan National Flood Program

Municipality liable for discharge

The Michigan Supreme Court has concluded
a municipality can be held liable for,
and is required to prevent,
a discharge that originates within its borders,
even when the discharge is by a private party.

Typical septic system

Typical septic system

Locations with failing septic systems on private properties
create oversaturated drain fields with raw sewage
leaking into ditches and streams.

Part 31 of the Natural Resources
and Environmental Protection Act
(“NREPA”), provides for water resources protection.

Soil Evaluation

Soil Evaluation

On May 17, 2012, the Michigan Supreme Court
released its decision in
Department of Environmental Quality
versus Worth Township.
In Worth, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
(“DEQ”) filed suit against Worth Township (the “Township”).

Red Run Slope RE-Construction 2014 again

First the USACE awarded the job to Tetra Tech back 2006
then it got awarded to Site Development Inc back 2011/2012
and now it is with URS Corporation in 2014

http://www.madison-heights.org/docs/2011_03_08_USACE_project.pdf

https://plus.google.com/photos/+WilliWater/albums/5644119935527001441

Red Run Drain RE-Construction Warren MI 2014

Red Run Drain RE-Construction Warren MI 2014

USACE Twenty Million Dollar Project Red Run

USACE Twenty Million Dollar Project Red Run

Red Run Improvements

Red Run Improvements

Back in 2011 – Heavy Equipment on Red Run in Warren Michigan – MACOMB

Response to FEMA on hold projects

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: FMIX Inquiry #2086285 – [FMS]
– Need help understanding Risk Maps
Date: 21 Oct 2014 15:21:00 -0400
From: FEMA Map Specialist

We are responding as a representative of the
Department of Homeland Security,
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
,
to your email message sent to
FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com

According to our database, preliminary maps
for the Clinton River Watershed
are slated to be issue to the City of Warren on 05/31/2015
and are projected to become effective on 06/16/2016.

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FMIX Info Exchange FEMA

FMIX Info Exchange FEMA

The data that you see on the FEMA Risk Map Progress website
is only updated on a quarterly basis.
The flood studies in this locality
may have been on hold, but they are
now currently active
with preliminary maps in progress.

When preliminary maps are officially issued,
they will be available
to view at the Community Map Repository (CMR).

To examine these maps and speak with someone knowledgeable
about local floodplain management, you can contact your
community Floodplain Administrator (FPA).
According to our records, the floodplain administrator
for the City of Warren is James Van Havermaat,
and he can be reached at (586)759-9300.
Their office is located at 1 City Square.

You may also contact the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX)
by telephone, toll-free, at (877) 336-2627, option 1,
or by chat at http://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

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FMIX map information exchange

FMIX map information exchange

FEMA in Warren is On Hold

I was surprised to see FEMA had projects marked “On Hold
with due dates in 2016 regarding Warren,MI and the Clinton River.
It makes a person wonder if Funding has not been allocated
or some other bottleneck in the process hit a snag.

Perhaps SEMCOG or Macomb or Warren officials can shed light
on the issue of why FEMA projects would be on hold
when the Metro Detroit region just had a bad storm August 11, 2014

I must admit I chuckled to think of Warren as a Coastal community
with waterfront properties involved in FEMA project analysis

http://riskmapprogress.msc.fema.gov/
Risk MAP Progress Data 2014-10-20_ 0824.pdf

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FEMA Risk Map Warren Michigan

FEMA Risk Map Warren Michigan

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FEMA Risk MAP Progress Website

FEMA Risk MAP Progress Website

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FEMA Macomb Risk Progress Report

FEMA Macomb Risk Progress Report

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Warren Case 11051531S On Hold

Warren Case 11051531S On Hold

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Warren Case 13051847S On Hold

Warren Case 13051847S On Hold

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Warren Case 11051539S Completed

Warren Case 11051539S Completed

Can the Red Run be dredged deeper ?

A Dredging Technical Committee formed by the
Michigan DEQ with state and federal experts,
found that restrictions on dredging do exist within the
Clinton River AOC due to chemical contamination.

Dredging a river

Dredging a river

Stage 2 Remedial Action Plan – Clinton River
Great Lakes Management Unit DEQ
October 1, 2011

Sediments of the Main Branch of the Clinton River from Pontiac
to the confluence with Red Run Drain are
moderately contaminated with metals, petroleum hydrocarbons,
some semi-volatile organic compounds, and nitrogen
.
Based on historical data, the contamination is fairly
widespread throughout this portion of the river (MDEQ, 1995).
In comparison, sediments from the
Red Run Drain/Plum Brook drainage have historically
been moderately to heavily contaminated with metals,
petroleum hydrocarbons, semi-volatile organic compounds,
and nitrogen. Contaminants of particular concern
are mercury and PCBs
because they have caused
fish consumption advisories (MDEQ, 1995).

RECOVERY–R–PROJECT NUMBER 113809
Red Run Drain – sediment sampling and analysis
This opportunity is a Recovery and Reinvestment Act action
Solicitation Number: W911XK-09-D-0014
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: USACE District, Detroit
https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=35c9a9eb5f9c0be9838099815dcb90bc&tab=core&_cview=1

Snippets from the IAGLR article
as seen September 13, 2011
The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR)
is a scientific organization made up of researchers
http://www.iaglr.org/jglr/release/37/37_3_432-446.php

Title
Reconstruction of sediment history in the Clinton River

~ “””the unique characteristics of the Clinton River
– Lake St. Clair system
appear to allow sediments to continuously build up””””

~ “””Understanding sediment accumulation is important to reconstruct
the past pollution levels, that are generated by urbanization and
industrialization along the Clinton River, in the water and sediments.
Pollution in Clinton River sediments was recognized in the early 1970s
and is considered a threat to the public health as water from the
Clinton River empties into Lake St. Clair ~”””

~ “””over a half-century worth of sediments of significant polluted
sediments appears to be preserved below depths that have been remediated.
When these polluted sediments are stirred up by storm and boat activity,
they might be carried out to Lake St. Clair where much of the Detroit area
receives their drinking water and about a third of all Great Lakes fish are caught“” ~

Original Publication Information

“Interconnected riverine-lacustrine systems as sedimentary repositories:
Case study in southeast Michigan
using 210Pb and 137Cs-based sediment accumulation and mixing models,”
are reported by Jason Jweda and Mark Baskaran
in the latest issue (Volume 37, No. 3, pp. 432-446)
of the Journal of Great Lakes Research, published by Elsevier, 2011.

Contacts
For more information about the study, contact Jason Jweda,
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University,
Palisades, NY 10964, jjweda@ldeo.columbia.edu, (845) 365-8652.

Based on data from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Millions of gallons of combined sewage overflow often make it into
the Clinton River & Lake St. Clair, stirring up the sediment deposits.

Dredge Red Run Drain Deeper 2015 ?

Where did all the RECENT Millions of Dollars for the Red Run Drain go ?
I am not making this up folks – literally $$$ Millions has already been approved.
It is now the Fall Season of 2014 and no dredging has occurred.
The recent flood event of August 2014 damaged the Red Run Drain.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140831/BLOG200/308319986/letter-oakland-drain-needs-to-be-fixed

Now there are even more landslides, more shoals, more “”pinch points”
and the channel has become shallow due to fresh dirt.
Will FEMA add funds, or ask for proof how the previous funding was used ?

It’s 2014 , a New Era, – not back in 1970 when it was a Federal Project.

Creation of the Red Run Drain

Creation of the Red Run Drain

I live in Macomb County, in Warren, near the Red Run.
WHY do I have to chase Oakland County documents to find out
what happens behind my house in Macomb County ?
It’s my money (taxes), your money (taxes), and your neighbors money (taxes).
Are you not the least bit curious exactly what it was used for ?
Why do houses still flood after 40 years of knowledge, studies, funding, etc. ?
Ask politicians questions, put them on the spot, hold them accountable !

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Old landslide shoal pinch point

Old landslide shoal pinch point

Look at the dates on these documents 2011, 2010, etc.
Yet no dredging has occurred, no digging in the channel.
Twenty Million Dollars = $20, 000, 000 already allocated.

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USACE  Twenty Million Dollar Project Red Run

USACE Twenty Million Dollar Project Red Run

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Press Release - Red Run Drain IMPROVEMENTS

Press Release – Red Run Drain IMPROVEMENTS

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Federal Stimulus Money Red Run Drain

Federal Stimulus Money Red Run Drain

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NTH Study Red Run Shoals

NTH Study Red Run Shoals

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Helical flow in river bend

Helical flow in river bend

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Climate change is real

As the earth warms ever so slightly, it impacts the weather.
Warmer air holds more moisture, hence it rains more.
This is happening ALL over the world and is a hard fact.

Numerous storms, news reports, video tape , all compiled
into relatively short “snippets definitely worth a watch.
Warren/Detroit featured at about the 5:15 mark

Hopefully the Regional City Planners are taking notes
as these changes will definitely affect local residents.
It is not a once in a lifetime thing, it will happen again, soon.
The earth as a whole will continue to warm, bringing more rain.

Listen to the explanations at the 6:50 mark
and make a mental note of the global weather changes
PLAN AHEAD, protect your possessions, get the “proper” insurance.
City officials can’t fix everything in a year or two, it takes time.
These are not individual isolated events, they are all tied together.

Fractured Macomb Politics on GLWA vote

Macomb County politicians are bickering among themselves
on “who” should represent the county in the GLWA,
and it appears they will wait till the very last minute
to formally decide the matter.

Wasn’t former Warren mayor Mark Steenbergh hired
by Macomb County Public Works to be the
“”Community Wastewater Services Manager“” ?
Wasn’t Steenbergh to act as a liaison to local officials,
the media and the public on issues ?
Steenberghs first day on the job was Oct. 31, 2011;
and he should be up-to-speed on it all in 2014.

Some would think the Water Department aka Drain Commissioner
and his department would pick a representative for the county.

Others feel its up to the relatively “new” executive department
to determine who represents the county for the GLWA.

Macomb County Commissioners don’t appear to be very vocal
in the media expressing their concerns, opinions, ideas, etc.
Multiple meetings over the past few weeks have not exactly
brought out much debate over an issue affecting us for 40 years.

Maybe they’ll all just sit back, relax and let Rick Snyder choose.

GLWA Detroit Michigan

GLWA Detroit Michigan

Communication between Counties

I don’t see much hope in the GLWA for water issues
changing much of anything for ordinary residents.
Oakland barely notifies Macomb when the Huge Kuhn Basin
discharges millions of gallons into Warren via the Red Run.
Where do you go to find out the timing of the discharge ?
Certainly not a Macomb County website or Social Media Outlet.

When I see the bungling and waste of resources in Macomb
— how can I expect to see TRI-COUNTY cooperation for
something like raindrops falling from the sky ?

My confidence is not high in Macomb County politicians
as I attended the GLWA open discussions held in Mt.Clemens
Now I see this fiasco in the newspaper regarding Macomb County

Massive TECH failure

Massive TECH failure

- Facilities are required to notify the MDEQ within 24 hours
when a CSO or SSO discharge begins.
– After the discharge ends, the facility must submit a
complete report including the locations and volume of the discharge.
THE CATCH – Online reporting sources are quite a bit slower

CSO and SSO Discharge Information
It appears that human intervention takes place
i.e. – it isn’t automatically updated or reported.

Reporting items in their entirety online
isn’t a priority for this organization

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Sewer Maintenance Warren Michigan

My neighborhood was built in the late 1960’s
and the wastewater from those households
flowed towards Warrens WasteWater Treatment Plant.
How often are all the sewer pipes power jetted,
inspected for cracks, mis-alignments, corrosion, etc.?

The houses near the Ryan Road Bridge over the Red Run
do vibrate/shake/shudder/rattle when heavy trucks go by.
Warren City council is aware of this fact, as I’ve spoken
at the microphone, on camera, stating this fact, publicly.
Traffic volume on Ryan Road Bridge is 25,900 in a 24 hour period.
I assume traffic volume is higher at the Mound Bridge
as well as the Van Dyke Bridge over the Red Run.
If nearby houses are rattled by traffic, so are the underground
drainage pipes, connections, fittings, joints, manholes, etc.

Rainwater infiltration into the sewage drains causes big problems
as the pipes simply can’t handle excess , added, unnecessary flow.
One pipe system exist strictly for rainwater via steel grates on the streets,
and a separate drain system exist for toilets, bath water, laundry, etc.

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Distance to WasteWater Treatment

Distance to WasteWater Treatment

Most of the distance involved in gravity sewage transport from the
far NorthWest subdivisions involves 18 inch drainage pipe.
Gravity provides the transport power, using a downward slope.
All 17,300 feet involves gravity, NO pumps, to aid the flow.

As Warren is relatively flat, and drainage pipe slope was kept to a minimum,
perhaps semi-annual flushing and jetting would allow better capacity handling ?
Warren doesn’t use a lot of pumping lift stations to aid sewer transport.

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Gravity Sewer Systems

Gravity Sewer Systems

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Drain pipe capacity and slope decline

Drain pipe capacity and slope decline

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18 inch sewer drain pipe to plant

18 inch sewer drain pipe to plant

Drain flow House to Treatment Plant

I asked City of Warren Engineers to provide me the information
regarding exactly how my toilet flushes makes it to the
WasteWater Treatment Plant in Warren Michigan.
My Thanks go out to Curtis M. Kratt at the Engineering Division
for making the video shown below possible.
UN-fortunately he also mentioned City of Warren has
has no association with the Macomb County FLEX map viewer.

Ryan Road Red Run Bridge Warren Michigan

Ryan Road Red Run Bridge Warren Michigan

Follow the yellow line to see how the drains work for
items like the toilet, bathtub, laundry water, etc.
Folks near the intersection of Dawson Drive and Ryan Road
have had numerous basement drain flooding situations over the years.
Notice the length of the pipes, their diameter,
the many twists, turns, intersections, etc.
Keep in mind how many houses are connected as well.

Click video setting for HD 1080p and fullscreen for easier viewing

Infrastructure Funding Resurrection ?

Perhaps the recent Federal Government involvement (FEMA)
has brought new light, new discussions, brainstorming ,
upon mothballed ideas from years past ?

If; and I say IF again, – money was availableto do it the Right Way,
instead of simply getting by with minimal diminishing results,
knowing all we know now in 2014 (after years of direct observation)
What would be the Master Plan Strategy for the tri-county area ?

Warren appears to be a FOCAL POINT .
The interceptor runs straight through it,
as does the flow from the 12TownDrain aka Kuhn Basin.
Residents in Warren SHOULD NOT have to be bear the burden
of flooded basements/homes because of other counties inadequacies.

Perhaps Michigan really needs to focus on CLEAN WATER
being re-introduced to the rivers like the Clinton and Rouge;
instead of slightly screened, slightly treated, half-n-half,
semi-decent water from Retention Basins,
holding water only for a few minutes (literally).

Why exactly does the DWSD Treatment plant downtown Detroit
HAVE to be “”the”” place for ALL the water treatment ;
-because there are not enough treatment plants spread around town.
http://www.dwsd.org/downloads_n/about_dwsd/masterplan_wastewater/volume3/Technical_Feasibility_of_Satellite_Treatment.pdf

The DWSD treatment plant downtown has no space to grow larger.
Can the revised Pontiac facility work in conjunction with “others”
to actually release really clean great water into the Clinton River ?
Oakland County drain strategy involves the creeks, streams, rivers;
affecting people downstream in Macomb County during rain events.

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New Treatment Plant Clinton River

New Treatment Plant Clinton River

New WWTP Service Area

New WWTP Service Area

Oakland County Interceptor draining into Macomb County

Oakland County Interceptor draining into Macomb County

Macomb Oakland Sewage Interceptor

Macomb Oakland Sewage Interceptor

Problem Area Macomb Interceptor

Problem Area Macomb Interceptor

Interceptors Oakland Macomb Michigan

Interceptors Oakland Macomb Michigan

The Detroit Interceptors for Sewage

The Detroit Interceptors for Sewage

Request FEMA Flood Map Changes

Perhaps you think the current flood maps are outdated,
incorrect, need amendment, need a second look, etc.
You can go online and request FEMA re-evaluate an area.

Flood Insurance is a Sticky Wicket that needs EXACT INFO
and people have been burned for large dollar amounts.
People in places like New Jersey have horror stories about
dealing with FEMA, insurance, rate increases, house values.
Hurricanes have caused SEWER BACK-UPS in numerous states;
and the internet is full of info concerning FEMA.
BE CAREFUL what you sign, what you pay for, and understand it first.

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FEMA Online LOMC Application

FEMA Online LOMC Application

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LOMC online FEMA Flood Maps

LOMC online FEMA Flood Maps

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FMIX Info Exchange FEMA

FMIX Info Exchange FEMA

Flood aid relief controversy

I urge everyone to ASK QUESTIONS, lots of them,
before you waste money buying the wrong insurance.

Verify, verify, verify before you buy anything
http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4195

Buyer BEWARE , don’t assume a damn thing.

In the past, claims paid out by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency
— is separate –
from payments made by
FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

Read that again, they are 2 separate programs.

FEMA officials acknowledge sewer backups
are not covered under the insurance program

Water entering your house from sewer pipes
is not “flooding” under the official
federal insurance definition.

Rainwater flooding as opposed to sewage flooding.
— water invaded through window wells, foundation cracks or doorways
— Overland flooding is different from Underground flooding

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/272?id=1404

PLEASE educate yourself as much as possible;
read, research, ask questions, verify.
Get the actual facts and skip the rumors, hearsay, etc.

Official FEMA declaration in effect

Letter in my electronic mailbox this afternoon around 3:30pm

Thank you for contacting Governor Rick Snyder’s Office
regarding the flooding that occurred in Macomb,
Oakland and Wayne counties on August 11.

At the request of Governor Snyder,
President Obama has declared a major disaster
for the state of Michigan
as a result of the
historic storm and flash flooding that
occurred in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne
counties on Aug. 11.

This declaration immediately opens the door
for assistance to people, businesses and
governments in the affected area.

People who need assistance can immediately apply
for grants for temporary housing and home repairs,
low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses
and other programs to recover from the effects of the flooding.

Sincerely,
Ryan Studley
Constituent Relations Division
Executive Office of the Governor, Rick Snyder

FEMA Michigan September25 2014

FEMA Michigan September25 2014

So how much traffic will the website
http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ see tomorrow ?

Facts About Flood Insurance
http://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/divisions/disaster_ops/flood_fs.pdf

MYTH: “My standard home owners’ insurance will cover me
if my house is damaged or destroyed in a flood.”
FACT: Home owners’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Federal flood insurance, purchased through your insurance agent or company, is the only guaranteed flood insurance coverage available for your home.

MYTH: “Federal disaster aid, available during and after a flood, will reimburse me for losses. Therefore, I don’t need to buy flood insurance for my home and belongings.”
FACT: Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster aid is only available during Presidentially declared disasters. Federal aid may often be in the form of a loan that you must pay back with interest. Flood insurance policies pay claims whether or not a disaster is declared.

MYTH: “I live outside the floodplain, so I don’t need to buy flood insurance.”
FACT: More than 25 percent of the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) flood insurance claims are for structures outside identified flood plains. Floods can occur anywhere. An area that is near a levee or a dam is at risk of levee or dam breakage. People who face even moderate flood risks should get insurance, which can be purchased for as little as $80 per year.

MYTH: “I can’t buy flood insurance because my home has been flooded previously.”
FACT: If your community is participating in the NFIP, it doesn’t matter that your home has been flooded before. You may still buy flood insurance.

MYTH: “If people don’t want to purchase flood insurance,
it’s their own business. It doesn’t really affect me.”
FACT: When people do not buy flood insurance, you pay more for federal and state disaster relief. Flood insurance is one of the best ways to keep disaster relief costs down for all taxpayers.

MYTH: “Flood insurance is only available for homeowners.”
FACT: Flood insurance is available to protect homes, condominiums and nonresidential buildings including farm and commercial structures in participating communities. Contents coverage also is available, so coverage is available to renters as well.

MYTH: “If they predict a flood in the near future, it’s too late for me to purchase insurance.” FACT: You can purchase flood insurance anytime in a participating community. However, there is a 30-day waiting period after you have applied and paid the premium before the policy is in effect. The policy will not, however, cover a loss in progress.

MYTH: “I can only buy federal flood insurance through the federal government.”
FACT: You can buy federal flood insurance through most major private insurance
companies and licensed property insurance agents who sell home owners’ or property insurance.

MYTH: “The NFIP does not offer any type of basement coverage.”
FACT: Yes it does. The NFIP defines a basement as any area of a building with a floor that is subgrade below ground level on all sides. Basement coverage under an NFIP policy includes clean up expenses and items used to service homes and buildings. These can include elevators, furniture, water heaters, air conditioners, freezers, utility connections, circuit breaker boxes, pumps, and tanks used in solar energy systems. Flood insurance will not cover the contents of a finished basement and basement improvement such as finished walls, floors and ceilings.

Compare annual water/sewer costs

Water and Sewage Charges Annually in the USA
from a study done just a year ago.

A family of four, uses about 400 gallons of water per day.
Each household is unique, your usage may vary.

http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/docs/ws_indoor508.pdf

Some communities are paying a LOT for water service
It’s nice to know Detroit, Michigan is near the middle

The chart says ANNUAL when it’s meant to say monthly.
I emailed Black and Veatch to verify.

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Water Sewage Charges Annually USA

Water Sewage Charges Annually USA

Macomb County underground

The Interceptor drain project set the precedent
– a regional settlement of assets -
reached between DWSD and its suburban customers.

The City of Warren plays a pivotal role.
The Interceptor project (which Oakland County needs)
goes through Warren and Warren SHOULD be connected to it.

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Interceptor Project with Detroit

Interceptor Project with Detroit

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said he will reveal
how much of a claim he will allow Macomb County
to use in voting as a creditor in Detroit’s bankruptcy.
The issue relates to the suburban county’s ongoing legal fight
to get repaid for what it says were gross overcharges
for repairs after a major sewer line collapsed
in Sterling Heights in 2004, creating a giant sinkhole.
Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco
in 2011 sued former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick,
members of his administration, Kilpatrick friend
and contractor Bobby Ferguson and others over
the 2004-05 repair project that Marrocco claims
cost $26 million more than it should have
because of fraudulent overbilling.

The Interceptor was the beginnings of Regional Authority,
anyone who paid a bit of attention saw the writing on the wall.

The Macomb Interceptor Drain serves 522,000 people in 11 Macomb communities.
At the time the 11-foot sewer line collapsed near 15 Mile and Hayes in 2004,
the DWSD owned the lines, but Macomb bought the line in 2010
and now says fraudulently overbilled repair costs were passed on to the county.

WHY its called the OMID, is a mystery to me.
The project has a MASSIVE amount of content in MACOMB.
Oakland County needs this connection to prevent
itself from drowning in sewage and stormwater.

Oakland Macomb Interceptor

Oakland Macomb Interceptor

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