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Major City Heat Islands and Rainfall

Temperatures in a city can be from 5 to 10 degrees higher
than that of the surrounding rural areas.
This is the urban heat island (UHI) effect.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2000/essd16mar_1m/

In a recent study, NASA employed the TRMM
(Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite to analyze
the rainfall distribution over major cities in the U.S.
The remote sensing data showed that the heat island effect
increased summer rain – over and downwind of major cities.
The rainfall in those two primary areas
exceeded rainfall in the downwind locations
by 48 percent and to as much as 116 percent.

As the air in the city warms two important factors occur,
the warmer air over the city rises faster
and a thermal gradient is created
between the city and the surrounding rural areas.
These two factors combine to create an area of convergence
and lead to an enhanced lifting of the airmass over the city.
The higher level of pollutants contained in this
rising urban airmass in turn leads to an increase
in the number of condensation nuclei in atmosphere.
All of these factors combine to create an increase
in clouds and under the right circumstances
an increase in the amount of rainfall.

Because the air over the city is warmer
it has the capacity to hold more moisture.
In order to produce the rain an ample supply
of moisture must also be available.
Because the air over the city is warmer
it has the capacity to hold more moisture
and it must be lifted higher in order to condense.
As you reach the outer edges of the city
that capacity decreases due to the
gradual decrease in temperature.
The rain or thunderstorm that develops downwind
is a result of the moisture rich airmass
that was once in place over the city
has now drifted into an airmass of cooler temperatures
thus increasing the relative humidity
of this incoming parcel of air
which in turn increases its ability to produce precipitation.

Areas most likely to receive precipitation
will be in and around the city
or in the downwind location.
The most likely time for precipitation will be
near the peak of the daytime maximum temperature.
Monitoring temperatures, surface winds, area dew points,
and water vapor imagery will help with identifying
moisture rich areas thus giving the forecaster
an idea of areas to target for potential
rain or thunderstorm development.
Research has shown that the heaviest areas of precipitation
will occur in the city or in the downwind locations.

Learn more at :
http://www.epa.gov/heatisland/resources/news.htm

StormWater and WasteWater Treatment Plants around Metro-Detroit.

Waste Water Treatment Plants Map

Waste Water Treatment Plants Map

SouthEast Michigan Sewage Districts

SouthEast Michigan Sewage Districts

What is the GWK Basin for Red Run ?

The George W. Kuhn Retention Basin in Madison Heights
for Oakland County stormwater into the Red Run Drain,
tributary of the Clinton River flowing to Lake St. Clair

Overview Red Run Kuhn Retention Center

Overview Red Run Kuhn Retention Center

Overview Map Red Run Kuhn Retention facility

Overview Map Red Run Kuhn Retention facility

Kuhn RTF Interceptor Drains

Kuhn RTF Interceptor Drains

Kuhn RTF Red Run Drain

Kuhn RTF Red Run Drain

Red Run assessment roll 2010-2014

Red Run assessment roll 2010-2014

CSO Before Labor Day 2013 - 12 Towns Drain & Warren

CSO Before Labor Day 2013 – 12 Towns Drain & Warren

Warren Macomb Disaster Emergency Situation

The Federal Goverment DOES NOT RECOGNIZE
the City of Warren 48092 as
Disaster Emergency area
as of Thursday August 14, 2014

- It is strictly on a State Level with Governor Snyder.

There is no FEMA Disaster Assistance,
they will not do anything
until the President steps in.

I verified this personally via phone call
with an authorized representative of FEMA

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

1-800-621-3362
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency

State of Emergency Declared

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Macomb State of Emergency Declaration

Macomb State of Emergency Declaration

http://media.macombgov.org/sites/default/files/content/pdfs/news/EM-Aug13MacombCountydeclaresstateofemergency.pdf

Drain Commissioner for Macomb County

Contact : Macomb County Drain Commissioner

Macomb County Drain Commissioner

Macomb County Drain Commissioner

http://www.macombcountymi.gov/PublicWorks/

The public meeting date schedule for Macomb County

Macomb Drain Meeting Dates

Macomb Drain Meeting Dates
























Meetings between Macomb And Oakland County Drain officials
are often combined; being held in Waterford, MI

Intertwined Water Resources Macomb Oakland

Intertwined Water Resources Macomb Oakland

Jim Nash is the Oakland County Drain Commissioner,
and he has the responsibility of planning,
developing and maintaining designated surface water drainage systems
in Oakland County under Michigan State law

Jim Nash
Water Resources Commissioner – WRC
One Public Works Drive, Building 95 West
Waterford, MI 48328-1907
Phone:
248-858-0958 – WRC Main Number
248-858-1066 – WRC Main Fax Number
248-858-1110 – Water & Sewer Billing

http://www.oakgov.com/water/Pages/contact/default.aspx

More Rain – More Pain

Plan on More Rain – More Pain – August 12 Warren MI

More Rain More Pain August 12 Warren MI

More Rain More Pain August 12 Warren MI

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USGS Gauge Clinton River Michigan

USGS Gauge Clinton River Michigan

Forecast for Tuesday, Aug. 12
Our Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with spotty showers
and thunderstorms more likely to fire up in the afternoon.
Highs in the mid 70s.
West-southwest wind at 8 to 13 mph.

Elevation 620 ft NorthWest Warren Red Run

Elevation 620 ft NorthWest Warren Red Run

Red Run at Ryan Road flooding Aug 11th

A normal water level for Red Run under the Ryan Road Bridge
in Warren Michigan during the summer months.

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Wooden structure attached to bridge

Wooden structure attached to bridge

What I saw at around 8:00pm on August 11, 2014 same location

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RedRun RyanRoad August11_2014 WarrenMichigan

RedRun RyanRoad August 11_2014 WarrenMichigan

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Aug. 11, 2014 RyanRoad RedRun WarrenMI

Aug. 11, 2014 RyanRoad RedRun WarrenMI

The bridge is about 130 ft wide and it has seen
multiple close calls over the past 20 years.

Side View Red Run Ryan Road Bridge

Side View Red Run Ryan Road Bridge

Location Ryan Road Red Run Bridge

Location Ryan Road Red Run Bridge

High Water Mark Ryan Road Red Run Bridge

High Water Mark Ryan Road Red Run Bridge

High Water Red Run Drain Ryan Road

High Water Red Run Drain Ryan Road

Major Flood Stage Clinton River 2008

Major Flood Stage Clinton River 2008

Red Run Clinton River Macomb County

Red Run Clinton River Macomb County

Oakland to use Cass Lake as Spill Reservoir ?

People tend to forget WHAT connects to the Clinton River
eventually ends up in Lake St. Clair
near Harley Ensign Marina
(http://binged.it/1oVk43z)

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Clinton River into Lake St Clair

Clinton River into Lake St Clair

Just because people don’t go to the beaches or lakes
when it rains outside – DOES NOT MEAN there is no pollution.
Of course little or nothing comes out of a drain when its
very sunny, hot and dry outside, so people don’t notice it.

Up to half of the Clinton Rivers flow
is WasteWater from multiple municipal sewage treatment plants
that have “”issues”” during hard rainfall events in the summer.

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Priorities Michigan

Priorities Michigan

MAYBE the stormwater/wastewater overflow from OAKLAND COUNTY
should go into a large lake on that side of town, like Cass Lake,
or Orchard Lake and use THAT as a temp storage overspill reservoir.
Then it could trickle back, thru Crystal Lake, by the Municipal Golf Course in Pontiac.

Once you look at a map it becomes quite obvious why
Pontiac WasteWater Treatment Plant will NEVER use
Cass Lake or Orchard Lake as their OverFlow Reservoir,
– Yet the Clinton River is perfectly acceptable.

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Sewage Reservoir Cass Lake Oakland County

Sewage Reservoir Cass Lake Oakland County

How much MORE water can Oakland County expect to put into the
Clinton River without seeing a flurry of flooding events ?
History clearly documents the past flooding events !

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Major Flood Stage Clinton River 2008

Major Flood Stage Clinton River 2008

Interceptor Project, Utica, Shelby, Sterling Heights

A request for bids recently went out for work in the
Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District (OMIDDD)
involving Segment 4 Repair, Contract No. 5.
The work performed is along Utica Road for the sections
PCI-9 and PCI-10A/B of the Oakland Macomb Interceptor.
On September 11, 2014, the bids will be opened in Waterford,
via offices of The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner

Interceptor Project with Detroit

Interceptor Project with Detroit

Detailed G & H Landfill Site

Detailed G & H Landfill Site

The interceptor project encroaches upon the nature preserve
created basically from the toxic G & H landfill now overseen by
Environmental Contractor – CRA Environmental Services.
Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Inc.
14496 Sheldon Road, Suite 200
Plymouth, Michigan 48170
Phone: (734) 453-5123
Fax: (734) 453-5201

CRA CLIENT: G&H LANDFILL PRP GROUP
DURATION: 1993 – ONGOING
COST so far $16 MILLION

Phase 5B will be awarded and executed
only if and when Federal Financing is obtained.

Work items for both phases of Contract No. 5 include the following:

Phase 5A
– Construction of permanent gravel roadways.
– Construction of temporary crossings.

Phase 5B
– Construction of 2 access shafts.
Repair hole in the PCI-9 interceptor.
– Repair visible reinforcement and where reinforcement outline is visible.
– Inject cementitious grout (from in tunnel) in areas with
suspected voids surrounding the interceptor;
seal running and gushing leaks with chemical grout.
– Access manholes modification/restoration.
Repair localized crack/fracture using chemical grout.
– Interceptor lining of selected locations.
– Interceptor lining at meter tap locations.
– Perform CCTV inspection after completion of repairs.
Sewage flow management.

Previous studies of the existing Interceptor have shown
microbial induced corrosion (MIC) which now needs repair
to prevent future catastrophic failures.

Clinton River – Sewer Service Oakland County

Do you understand what the acronym COSDS stands for ?
The Clinton River is crucial to the Oakland County Sewage Disposal plan.
The City of Pontiac also plays a very crucial role to the service system.

COSDS Clinton Oakland Sewage Disposal System

COSDS Clinton Oakland Sewage Disposal System

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Sewer Service Clinton River Oakland County

Sewer Service Clinton River Oakland County

Notice how the layout of the COSDS follows the Clinton River and how
the 12 Towns Drain from Oakland County aka the Red Run enters the
Clinton River from Warren, ALL of which flows to Mt. Clemens and Lake Erie ?

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Interceptor Construction Staging Areas

Interceptor Construction Staging Areas

The COSDS plays a major role for THE INTERCEPTOR which flows
through The City of Warren into Detroit – linking everyone.
The 3 counties are intertwined and interconnected.
No one entity can easily or truly, go solo.

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Oakland Macomb Interceptor

Oakland Macomb Interceptor

Put all the puzzle pieces together to get the BIG picture
of how sewage flows out of Oakland County into Macomb County

SouthEast Michigan Sewage Districts

SouthEast Michigan Sewage Districts

Surface currents Lake St. Clair

Surface currents Lake St. Clair

Hopefully people see how it all fits together and why it is
crucial and imperative to really have high standards for sewage output
— as it becomes our clean water intake

Red Run drinking water connection

Red Run drinking water connection

Fully comprehend/understand exactly what the media reports
on the internet, in the newspapers, on radio and on television.
Put the pieces together to form your own conclusions.
Green is not always the color of money as Ohio recently found out.
Apparently what is in place NOW, is not functioning all that well.

Aerial photo of Lake St. Clair as Clinton River dumps sediment/nutrients/sewage in
Clinton River at Harley Ensign Marina, north of Metro Beach.

Clinton River Harley Ensign Marina

Clinton River Harley Ensign Marina

COSDS Part One

COSDS Part One

Oakland and Macomb County act as one

It’s quite evident that BOTH counties are heavily inter-twined
regarding all aspects of clean drinking water and the disposal
of stormdrain/wastewater.
The two counties are in lockstep with one another.

A typical scenario and typical memo where both counties
are merged at the hip regarding “”local”” issues where
the meeting site is in Waterford,Michigan :

Intertwined Water Resources Macomb Oakland

Intertwined Water Resources Macomb Oakland

Traditional Drain Map

Traditional Drain Map

Red Run USACE Map

Red Run USACE Map

GIS Mapping Red Run

GIS Mapping Red Run

Flood Advisory August 4, 2014 Clinton River

FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
5:26 PM – MON – AUG 4 2014

MACOMB MI-WAYNE MI-
5:26 PM – MON – AUG 4 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DETROIT/PONTIAC :

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR…
EXTREME NORTHEASTERN WAYNE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN…
SOUTH CENTRAL MACOMB COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN…

* UNTIL 8:30 PM

* AT 5:26 PM …NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR
INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS
THE ADVISORY AREA.
DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATED 1 TO 2.5 INCHES
OF RAINFALL OCCURING OVER THE LAST HOUR.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE
MINOR FLOODING TO OCCUR…
ESPECIALLY ALONG SMALL STREAMS AND
NEAR LOW WATER CROSSINGS.
SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE
MINOR FLOODING INCLUDE ST. CLAIR SHORES.

Keep track of the Clinton River levels
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dtx&gage=fsrm4

The USGS gauge is over by 16 Mile Road and Garfield Road

USGS Gauge at 16 Mile and Garfield

USGS Gauge at 16 Mile and Garfield

What is Downstream from DWSD ?

The folks downstream from Detroit in Ohio are having
a rough time with their drinking water supply.
Maumee Bay State Park Lake Erie beach and other spots
has microcystin, a liver toxin via blue-green algae.
Wonder if they point the finger towards the DWSD ?

Toxic Algae Lake Erie

Toxic Algae Lake Erie

Will the government Re-Evaluate the Permits for DWSD ?
How will this affect negotiations with other cities
in the Metro-Detroit sewage region ?

DWSD IWCD Permit 923-91964

DWSD IWCD Permit 923-91964

DWSD DEQ Permit MI0022802

DWSD DEQ Permit MI0022802

Detroit (DWSD) Incineration of Sewage Sludge

What did you flush down the toilet today,
or wash down your driveway this week ?
Chemicals, metal particles off car, and human waste, right ?
Now multiply that by about 5 million people and include
all the industrial/manufacturing/production sites in town.

Incineration of “sewage sludge” aka biosolids,
is quite the continual complex balancing act,
involving numerous mechanical mechanisms,
and of course – attentive human operators.

The EPA has some guidelines to aid the operators of incinerators
Chapter 4 – Guide to Part 503 Rule
http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/biosolids/upload/2002_06_28_mtb_biosolids_503pe_503pe_4.pdf

EPA BUFFER requirements – restrictions on public access to biosolids.
– Exceptional quality (Class A) biosolids used in small quantities
have no buffer requirements or site access restrictions.
– Exceptional quality biosolids is the name given to treated residuals
that contain low levels of metals.
When used in bulk, Class A biosolids are subject to buffer requirements.
There are buffer restrictions for virtually all forms of Class B biosolids

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Sewage Sludge Components

Sewage Sludge Components


Incinerator Pollutant Factors

Incinerator Pollutant Factors


Pollutant Limits Incineration

Pollutant Limits Incineration


Incineration Air Pollution Devices

Incineration Air Pollution Devices


Monitoring Frequency of Incineration

Monitoring Frequency of Incineration


Continuous Monitoring of Incineration

Continuous Monitoring of Incineration


Incineration Temperatures and Operation

Incineration Temperatures and Operation


RecordKeeping Requirements Incineration

RecordKeeping Requirements Incineration

Detroit Sewage NEFCO profit

Will Detroit find a way to “make” money via
the processing of sewage sludge at NEFCO ?
Perhaps some revenue will come from landfill,
some from fertilizer and some from fuel pellets.

Biosolids as fuel

Biosolids as fuel

DWSD Biosolids Drying

DWSD Biosolids Drying

NEFCO contact

NEFCO contact

DWSD Nefco DTE equal dollar signs

Water is on everyones mind in the Metro Detroit area.
What folks tend to overlook is sewage, solid waste.
DWSD has partnered with NEFCO to create biosolid fuel pellets
which can be used at DTE power plants to produce electricity.

NEFCO will make amazing amounts of money via DWSD contracts
for the drying/processing of sewage sludge for Detroit.
Remember the Synagro contracts worth literally a Billion dollars ?

An article at WaterWorld entitled
How water utilities are turning waste into resource
written by Angela Godwin (Volume 28 issue 7) says
“”Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD),
for example, will provide DTE Energy Services (DTEES)
with 800,000 wet tons of biosolids annually
— biosolids that would otherwise have been incinerated.
DTEES will further process the biosolids into pellets
that it will sell to its River Rouge Power Plant
and other utilities that currently burn coal.
The EPA has shown dried biosolids have
lower contaminant levels than coal.

NEFCO Detroit BioSolids

NEFCO Detroit BioSolids

DWSD BioSolids Plan 2014

DWSD BioSolids Plan 2014

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NEFCO contract PC792 DWSD

NEFCO contract PC792 DWSD

It’s worth your time to browse this, it is public tax money afterall.
( WARNING – fairly big file around 17MB )
http://www.dwsd.org/downloads_n/announcements/general_announcements/SRF_Project_Plan_Biosolids_Dryer_Facility_Final_for_PH_May2014.pdf

Keep in mind, there is the Macomb Oakland Interceptor project
that also INCLUDES Wayne County and Detroit in the plan.

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Interceptor Project with Detroit

Interceptor Project with Detroit

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The Detroit Interceptors for Sewage

The Detroit Interceptors for Sewage

It takes a little while to see the BIG picture of what is
all involved with a system as large as the DWSD.
There are many puzzle pieces and lots of money involved.
2014 will be an interesting year indeed.

Solid Sewer Waste is Big Money

A sewage waste contract approved last year by the Detroit City Council
is under current FBI federal investigation.
(As seen in the Detroit News – Metro and State section July 24, 2014)
The Detroit City Council voted 5-4 way back in November 2007 to award
Synagro Technologies Inc. a contract to handle the
city’s processed sewage for close to $47 million a year.

What is hot and new for Metro-Detroit communities ?
– Making electricity from what’s flushed down the sewer.

Mark Hackel claims no legal obligation
to amend a solid waste plan in Macomb county.

The firm “Waste Management” last year completed and opened a
new $15 million plant adjacent to Pine Tree Acres Landfill
that converts landfill gas to electricity,
expanding the power output capacity via the landfill
from 8.8-megawatts to 21.6 megawatts,
enough to power about 17,000 homes.

It gets REALLY interesting when you figure in The City of Detroit.
Detroit Renewable Energy is a subsidiary Detroit Renewable Power
It generates up to 68 megawatts of electricity for
DTE Energy Co. which is subsidiary of The Detroit Edison Co.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130915/NEWS/309159967/

Cue – Mark Steenbergh – former Warren Mayor.
He’s with Incinerating biosolids via the Sewage Group at DWSD
http://www.dwsd.org/downloads_n/about_dwsd/bowc/presentations/bowc_workshop_pc792_biosolids_dryer_facility_2013-03-27.pdf

Detroit DWSD drying biosolids

Detroit DWSD drying biosolids

What exists on the Red Run over in Madison Heights ?
North America’s largest feces screening facility on the continent.

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Red Run Feces Screen Part 1

Red Run Feces Screen Part 1

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Red Run Feces Screen Part 2

Red Run Feces Screen Part 2

Anyone remember the incinerator in Madison Heights, Michigan ?

Incinerator Smokestacks

Incinerator Smokestacks

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.

Quote
“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

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