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Clinton River crest Wednesday morning

It would appear the Clinton River reached its crest of 16 ft. Pay close attention to the speed that the Clinton River doubled in height ( within 24 hours).


PLEASE keep in mind how the Macomb County neighborhoods connect to the Red Run and other tributaries of the Clinton River ( via the street stormdrains).  When those tributaries are full, so is your neighborhood piping connected to it.


The flood warning is NOT over, it continues on parts of the Clinton River ………….

New Warning


Update Clinton River flooding

The Clinton River continues to rise during Tuesdays rainfall

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Location of the gauge where the tributaries merge together

Gauge Location


The stormwater from Oakland County 12TownsDrain adds to the Clinton River volume during hard prolonged rainfall events.  Rain always involves Intensity & Duration.

Clinton River prediction Feb 21 morning

Direct from NOAA :  moderate flooding by Wednesday morning

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Gauge Location

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Flood Watch: Mon – Wed

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a

* Flood Watch for a portion of southeast Michigan, including the
following areas, Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Lenawee,
Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Monroe, Oakland, Saginaw, Sanilac,
Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne.

* From noon EST today through Wednesday afternoon

* Widespread rain will develop across the region today through
Wednesday. Rainfall will be moderate in intensity at times.
Rainfall amounts between 1 and 3 inches are expected with
additional water added to runoff from the complete melting of the

* Urban, low lying and poor drainage areas prone to flooding will
be most susceptible. Rises on area rivers, streams and creaks are
expected, with the potential for minor flooding to occur.


That fishing thing

Let us be BRUTALLY honest and say it clearly  :

When the State of Michigan is telling people to consume something

~ only ONCE PER MONTH ~ or perhaps not at all, ever, all year

The water is not in pristine wonderful clean condition  !!!!!

If it is not good for the fish ~ how good is that water for you ~  ???

The One



Snyder addresses Water Infrastructure

Finally, as he is on the way out, Snyder “”talks”” about infrastructure –

See also the Twitter HashTag #Foundation4MIFuture

A little too late, way overdue, and it seems just a trifle insincere, but it’s something.




Windsor waste water video

This may be one of the BEST videos I’ve seen explaining what actually happens to every toilet, sink, drain, etc.  exiting from your house, and entering the “system” .  While the video is all about Windsor, Ontario, Canada, our neighbor – it works just as well for the greater metropolitan area of Detroit, Michigan.

The video has a bit of humor, plenty of hard facts, and only runs 9 minutes



Warren City Council ecoli forum

Warren City Council video { Jan 9, 2018 } from recent meeting on ECOLI – (notice time mark 2hr 15min) – they drop it and restart at 2hr 20min mark – quite odd but its on video….- it goes on for 50 minutes till 3hr 10min mark .

An amazing # of water drain Tests ~ 600 per year, in Warren  ?

How is that new fangled updated MDEQ Ecoli mapper fitting into it all ?

Watch the council meeting for yourself :

Warren should do everything it can to ELIMINATE itself in the Ecoli arena. Then and only then – can it proudly say – the problem exists from another source. The county/state must spend money $ on genetic testing of water samples, determining animal vs. human sewage contamination, and then take action.

People need to know if the Clinton River gets contaminated from human sewage, period ! Are the beaches safe from human sewage, find the answer, why or why not  ?


Honesty in reporting on MDEQ Maps

Having honesty and integrity is paramount to providing info to the public. The sad fact is that there has NOT been much testing, of the Red Run Drain in the last few years, even the past decade. Perhaps politicians were tired of hearing the truth, repeatedly, as bad news hurts, and usually hurts their careers and attempts to re-elected.

When I had an email about a NEW and IMPROVED pollution map, I’m was excited. That excitement lasted about 15 seconds…..and then I saw the truth firsthand, and cried. We are fast approaching 2020+ and MDEQ wants to pull a “”snow job”” on us, very sad.

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The harsh reality – nothing had been updated on the Red Run Drain, no NEW tests, no NEW information, in fact, – it’s over 10 years out-of-date.

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ALL those white dots by The City of Warren along Red Run Drain area , indicating Ecoli monitoring sites,  were from 1999/2004.  There was zero new information/testing. I doubt anyone has actually walked-down-the-banks of the Red Run and done anything lately.

BeaverCreek Sterling Heights

Red Run Sterling Heights

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Bear Creek

I’ll call it like I see it. The MDEQ is attempting to appease public concern over Ecoli – and failing when it comes right down to it. The MDEQ really is NOT on top of its game, to inform the public about the timing, occurrence, and exact location of Ecoli .

This spring 2018 – it will rain hard , we’ll have combined sewer overflows (again) , and nothing will have truly changed, whatsoever. The beaches WILL be closed (again) and the true culprits will go free, un-fined, no slap on the wrist, no nothing at all.

What will it take to SOLVE the Ecoli problem –  actual riots demanding heads roll   ?  Maybe some should lose their jobs, be demoted, sent home to re-evaluate it all.


Macomb wants to promote Clinton River canoe/kayaking, ESPECIALLY when the sun comes out,  after a huge rainstorm – BUT can it really , with sewage in the water flow ?


It’s time to demand Oakland County change its ways for SEWAGE and Stormwater.  We , over here in Macomb, can not actually allow, another 100 years of this to continue. Our property, our families, and our recreation should be without sewage upon us.



Consolidate Gas Electric Water as one ?

Be wary of private investors in the USA seeking to move towards a true Energy Monopoly, consolidating your electric, natural gas and water into 1 private utility company.  The shortfalls in municipal infrastructure investment are driving new configurations of energy.  Private players are poised to capitalize on struggling water and wastewater utilities.

In 2017 an entity known as Eversource Energy planned to acquire Aquarion Water in a $1.7 BILLION dollar proposal. Eversource was already New England’s largest energy provider of natural gas and electric. The service territory covered 3 states: Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The EPA Violations of Michigan indicate a need for infrastructure investment. Federal funding for water infrastructure has waned putting the financial burden upon states.

EPA Violations

Over the next 10 years , American municipal utilities need $ 532 BILLION dollars in capital, to fix combined sewer overflows and deteriorated piping networks.

Stormwater is a major source of pollution in the USA. Stormwater is NOT clean water to begin with and it gets worse when antiquated sewer systems overflow. “Everyone
pollutes. Everyone enjoys the benefits of clean water. Everyone should pay.”  a quote from Michael Curley in the December 2017 edition of Water Finance and Management.

Planners have to fit projects within many constraints, between the rate increases, and
the requirement to modernize our water and wastewater utilities.  Analysis is very different from fire-fighting multiple crisis, and the focus must be on strategic insight for true value-added benefits.

No one really cares who is the Excel Ninja. The true power exists in visually mapping relationships and dependencies between projects. Understanding the shared resources, sequencing, and logistics yield the real, true, cost structure.  There must be so called “simulations” involving the budgetary iterative processes of planning.

The problems involve so much more than just throwing money at them  !!!  The absolute nonsense of an invisible boundary between counties needs to be RE-evaluated. Those at a higher elevation DO NOT get to dump upon those below them.




BlueWater tool for Macomb

Since the Red Run Drain flows through Warren, does Macomb actually, really, truly know, the exact water volume entering the county (from all the inputs) ? Why Not ?

Macomb County Public Works Office (MCPWO) started development of BLUEWATER. It will be the county’s new Web-Based Data Review Tool. This program will integrate with the current SCADA platform (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition ) along with the NEXGEN asset management program. The goal, is to make this software available, to all of the communities. How much info will the general public be able to see, perhaps city council members, for the checks/balances of actual flow/billing remains to be seen.

The old software program was called MCMARS (Macomb County Meter Analysis and Reporting System). It allowed Macomb to manage, analyze, and report on sanitary sewer meters and their data. Originally developed in 2008 , it needed updating/replacement.

Johnson & Anderson Inc. along with the Web UI development, Ghadys, began the development of the new application, BlueWater back in 2015.

Some of BlueWater functions:
• Management of sewer flow and rainfall meters
• Management of linear combinations of sewer flow meters into virtual meters
• Recording of data from sewer flow and rainfall meters from Wondenvare historian
• Import / export data
• Chart and tabularize data
• Create Average Dry Weather Plow (ADWF) patterns to be used in sewer flow correction and RDII calculation
• Develop sewer flow meter correlations to be used in sewer flow correction
• Addition tools to assist operators in correcting sewer flow and preparing sewer flow for billing reports
• Output individual sewer flow meter reports and community based reports for the purpose to billing communities based on sewer flow volume

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Learn more about NEXGEN –  A Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) that integrates asset planning features into one comprehensive program

As many people are quite aware, Oakland Counties actions impact directly upon Macomb residents lives, recreation and property.  Data provides insight and the power to make decisions.


Peace of mind with Roost

Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector uses WiFi


  • Senses water leak and sends alerts to smartphone
  • Great beneath toilets, kitchen sink, hot water heater and more
  • Freeze alert helps prevent frozen pipes
  • Customizable temperature and humidity settings
  • Improved setup. Silently connects to home Wi-Fi in minutes
  • 3-year battery life (AAA batteries included)

Get more info here  :


FreshWater needs Champions

Meeting the challenge of interacting threats in freshwater ecosystems:

A call to scientists and managers


PLEASE read more at this link – MICHIGAN is Fresh Water – it needs protection !!

Open Science for Public Good.

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a trans-disciplinary, open-access journal committed to the facilitation of collaborative, peer-reviewed research


Snow melt runoff

Snowmelt runoff often has a higher concentration of pollutants. Impervious surfaces do not allow the runoff to infiltrate into the soil. The runoff is influenced primarily by rubbish, pavement erosion, emissions from vehicles, and road de-icing. Pollutants are accumulated in the snowpack and then released intermittently.


The inorganic constituents of snowmelt runoff in urban areas indicates the components could pose a potential environmental threat.  Studies show snowpack has concentrations of inorganic ions such as chloride, phosphate, nitrate and ammonium, heavy metals (HM) – Pb, Cu, Mn, Zn, Fe, Ni, Cr – as well as total suspended solids (TSS).

TSS and chloride ions are the main pollutants in the snowmelt runoff.  Areas with the heaviest traffic and the most intensive salting and snow removal are at risk as the applied reagents are readily washed away.

Suspended solids can absorb pollutants on their surface and then release them on entering the receiving waters, causing long-term pollution effects. The elevated TSS levels alter natural sedimentation processes in watercourses and can result in increased turbidity, depletion of dissolved oxygen, inhibition of benthic aerobic microorganisms and impairment of photosynthesis

USGS for Clinton River

The United States Geologic Survey (USGS) compiles a huge amount of info about WATER

The Clinton River Watershed is a large one in SouthEast Michigan, spanning BOTH the Oakland and Macomb County areas, based on the topography of the Michigan.


The Clinton River Watershed is broken into smaller groupings via HUC codes. An HUC code is the Hydrological Unit Code.

Learn more about the Watershed here , via the USGS :



Push politicians

Hi everyone, been super busy lately, sorry.  Please continue to push your local politicians to advance forward the STORMWATER issues that don’t magically vanish Jan 1, 2018.

Vigilance, tenacity, and yes, being pushy – are what is needed to force CHANGE.

Another year of beach closures,  muck on the shoreline, sewage overflows  ???????

Could 2018 be the year your basement gets flooded , again – sure it will – because nothing really changed in the past 52 weeks , has it  ????


Infrastructure Town Hall at Cranbrook

Oakland County will have a Town Hall to discuss INFRASTRUCTURE via drains/sewers and stormwater management. Of course funding is the main concern $$$$$$$$$$.

Monday, November 20th from 6pm – 8pm

Cranbrook Institute of Science’s Auditorium,

39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Meeting Cranbrook

Loosing Water from the GLWA System

NRW –  non revenue waterloss – is not exactly a popular topic for utilities   !!  Nice how they spin a new acronym for what everyone else would call a LEAK.

Let’s hope that Candice Miller, her office, and the GLWA aggressively attacks water leaks, searches them out, stops the waterloss, and fixes infrastructure.

Listed below are excerpts from a conference involving LEAKS  aka (NRW) :

We have a historical tradition of ignoring water loss in North America. The assumption has always been that our modern utilities are “system tight” and have no need of further detailed analysis. In fact, most utilities have largely fabricated numbers in the past on their unaccounted for water percentages, and they have a history of sticking to those numbers.

Distribution system managers are now embarrassed to admit that their prior numbers were actually wrong. This is a political as well as an HR problem. Admitting the true state of the water utility system is a negative message to a water utility board, as well as a HR performance problem for distribution system managers. No one wants to now come clean — for fear of reprisals.

Employee performance appraisals don’t currently encourage seeking better accuracy in water loss reporting.  There are no incentives for distribution system managers to now work hard on NRW. Upper utility managers need to encourage and even reward this brave behavior. Adopting water loss policies within the utility would help this tremendously.

General Managers and Board Members assume that the NRW solutions are too costly and unaffordable, and therefore better evaluation of NRW is pointless. Water sales revenues are down in most utilities because of declines in per capita consumption, and there is no easy discretionary money anymore. There is a fear on the part of many finance directors that the NRW solutions will be extremely costly (new meters, new pipes) and thus unaffordable. So why go look for NRW and let Pandora out of the box?

There is fear of letting the ratepayers know the truth. As many utilities are facing drought and asking their consumers to reduce their water use, they are reluctant to now admit that their leakage might be excessive. It is a utility messaging problem to its own customers. If leakage was really so serious, the beleaguered consumer might legitimately ask, why didn’t the utility do this FIRST

Lack of dedicated utility funding for NRW is a perceived barrier to progress. The irony is that NRW reduction actions don’t have to be funded out of stressed operating budgets where funds may be already tight; they can be funded out of capital- improvement- programs (capex) or performance based loans. The payback is excellent:  money saved by recovering and selling lost water more than pays for the cost of its recovery.

There is little perceived connection of NRW management to overall sustainability/climate change resiliency goals that the utility may have. Nothing makes a utility system more resilient than controlling its wanton leakage. Being in control of all of its assets enables a better response when water shortages occur due to climate chance and other factors. Being sustainable means managing water resources responsibly, and controlling NRW should be part of that needed response but so far is not.

There is a little government regulation of water loss in most states. Where state policies do exist, they are based on the antiquated “unaccounted for water” percentages, which are not often accurate (see point #1) and can mask the true impact of leakage in different sized water systems. Managing NRW should be a matter of government and regulatory concern. Bond rating agencies are now starting to look at NRW as a way to measure utility system efficiency, but so far government policies and guidance are mostly nonexistent.

A true Business Case analysis of NRW is not a prevalent practice nor even perceived as a necessary undertaking. Thus, the benefits of reducing leakage in a utility system are not even examined. Clear payback on NRW reduction investment is not analyzed, which is an antiquated way of managing a business, let alone a precious natural resource.

The value of water is taken for granted, both by the utility system managers and the consumers that they serve. The “value” of water is not what the utility might have paid back in 1910 when they acquired the water supply, it is the marginal cost of acquiring new water; recovering leaks then becomes the cheapest source of new supply. And when a customer is willing to pay 10,000 times more for water in a bottle versus from the tap, we clearly have a problem with the customer not valuing the incredible investment in drinking water that they now enjoy for very little money. Until we change this fundamental perception problem at both the utility and customer levels, NRW management will not reach the priority that it should.

FEMA stuck in 2006 ?

Why are our politicians, representatives, and officials sitting on their behinds and simply NOT pushing hard for FEMA map updates when everyone knows Warren and other cities were hit extremely, severely, catastrophically with a Flood in 2014 ?

Flooding via wet basements counts as a flood !  Just because it did not flow into the house via a window at ground level, does not mean a house did not suffer flood damage.

The FEMA site still has 2006 maps for Warren , Michigan, USA

Yes, there are some minor updates, but the maps still show 2006 predominately.


SEE for yourself, pull it up on your own screen, in late 2017, going on 2018+,42.52487561917088,-83.04804997338813,42.535311960901325

Are our government officials really putting on blinders, locking themselves away from reality, refusing to face the strong ugly facts that it will happen again, soon  ??????


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Red Run Drain site at RYAN ROAD BRIDGE (south of 14 mile Road)

FEMA panels still say 2006, while many homes in the area had severe flooding





River levels rise by court order

Originally written by me back on September 28th, 2010

As the fall season in Michigan approaches each year, many local lakes levels are lowered, dumping water into the rivers. The Oakland County Drain Commissioner lowers the lake volumes from October 1 to May 15th every year by a court order. While fall kayaking and canoeing can be a great time of year to paddle, please be advised the rivers probably have a bit more current and volume to them as the October draw down takes place.

Michigan State law, The Drain Code – Act 40 of 1956 gives the County Water Resources Commissioner powers and responsibilities to govern legally established drainage systems within the county.

The Clinton River relies on water flow from Oakland County Lakes.  When the sluice gates close on the lakes, the Clinton no longer gets water from its upstream water sources.

Powerboaters are a powerful lobby as they own lakefront property, docks, expensive boats and have a deep vested interest in protecting their investments all year long.  Hopefully, as more communities begin to see the value of all Blue Infrastructure, more attention will be become focused to the importance of river recreation .

Paddlesports has continued to grow by leaps and bounds. The amount of money spent on kayak and canoe purchases and the associated gear is phenomenal across Michigan.  Rivers are water trails – just like a foot path, bicycle path, snowmobile path, etc.  They are a resource, similar to a local park with grassy open areas with swings, slides and playgrounds. People often choose to pay a premium to live near a clean navigable river.

As I said previously, the Clinton River Flow is heavily impacted by court orders :

Cass Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Cemetery and Dollar Lakes Court Ordered Level Report –

Crystal Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Greens Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Lester Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Loon Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Maceday and Lotus Lakes Court Ordered Level Report –

Mohawk and Wormer Lakes Court Ordered Level Report –

Oakland and Woodhull Lakes Court Ordered Level Report –

Orchard Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

School House Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Silver Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Sylvan, Otter, and Dawson Mill Lakes Court Ordered Level Report –

Upper Silver Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Van Norman Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Watkins Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Williams Lake Court Ordered Level Report –

Resilience in Macomb County ?

Does the County of Macomb demonstrate resilience ?  Resilience is that ability to maintain or recover functionality in the event of a disruption or disturbance. Resilience requires thinking, planning, foresight, on a number of levels across many disciplines.

FLOODING in Warren – why yes, of course it happens, frequently, and often  !!


I am not a religious guy, do not attend church, and have zero affiliations.  I think it is absolutely wrong for any county or city to “expect” religious groups to be the First to aid, help, rescue, provide relief, in a time of disaster like a flood scenario.

A crisis often involves rushed thinking, which often overlooks issues, that need to be solved in a timely manner. There needs to be dedicated anticipatory thought, to highlight the shortcomings, to pre-plan so to speak, long before a crisis actually occurs. Resources are often scarce during crisis, and brainstorming before hand can eliminate part of the wasteful processes.

Past severe weather events are exactly that, in the past  ! Focus must be on the future crisis that have yet to occur and that demands critical thinking to occur now, during peace and quiet. Water knows no boundaries of man, no line on a map, it flows based on topography. Unfortunately man has intervened and force-fed water to various areas , often based on politics.

The MDEQ certainly isn’t able to tell anyone the cumulative total of gallons that enters the City of Warren from Oakland County  – because it simply isn’t measured by equipment. The combined sewage overflow (CSO) entering the Red Run Drain from the South Oakland County Sewage District System (SOCSDS -12Towns) –  just doesn’t include all the drains.

Do people generally fill things from the Top or the Bottom ? Sounds like a simple question.  Direct,  straight forward,  to the point,  not terribly complicated. When something is filled from the bottom, it is generally PUMPED in, under pressure. It has to –  to overcome the atmospheric pressure pushing down on it. Does any city pressurize its street drainage system – of course not, that would be foolish you say ?

Pressure at the bottom

When is the last time you dove, underwater, to a depth of 10 feet, maybe 20 feet  ?  Remember the pressure on your ears, lungs, etc.  ?  The exact same thing happens to Open Channel Stormdrains when they are full to the top in Macomb County.

Stuck in the 1990’s Infrastructure

The 12TownsDrain was built a long,  long time ago, and had improvements over the years. It goes by the name GWK Retention Basin Facility, but I fear it is still stuck in the early 1990’s infrastructure mode of reporting info to the public.  Macomb County residents don’t really get a “true” understanding of the “mixture” volume entering the Red Run Drain into Warren for any given rainstorm. Some of it is sewage going through screens, some of it stormwater bypassing the screens – but mixing with “treated” sewage as it enters the Open Channel continuing for 8 miles into the Clinton River.

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Red Run Drain capacity

USACE Contract Detroit

The open channel drain from Dequindre, near Chicago Road, in Warren, flowing towards the Freedom Hill concert venue, and merging with the Clinton River near Fraser. This “path” has been proposed as a cycling/hiking path connecting the two counties.

Red Run Bike Path

Red Run Bike Path



I call BULLSHIT on “perceived” rain

Time to stop beating around the bush, and call BULLSHIT on the claim :

“it only rains hard, once in awhile”,   “it’s a once in 10 year storm”, etc., etc.

The hard data from USGS Gauges on the Clinton River   prove otherwise. 

The Flood Stage was reached numerous times :  2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017

In fact, it rained damn hard,  numerous times the past 20 years. (scroll down)

It’s time to invest in better infrastructure to deal with sewage from Oakland County, entering The City of Warren, the Clinton River, and Macomb County property.

USGS GAUGE INFO – Location @ Garfield Road, South of Clinton River Rd


Gauge Location Pinch Point

September 2008 Clinton River




Clinton River pinch point

The Clinton River definitely involves LARGE water volume from the 12TownsDrain. The river merges with tributaries from Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills, etc. towards a pinch point near Fraser. The USGS has a gauge, measuring various items near Garfield Road, just south of Clinton River Road.


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Last week , Oct 8th – Oct 15th, SouthEast Michigan accumulated a bit of rainfall. This can easily be shown by the Clinton River doubling in height, literally twice, as shown by the measuring equipment from the USGS.

Clinton River October 2017

I will not insult anyone, but instead leave it up to my readers/viewers to debate the information shown on the MDEQ website regarding the Combined Sewage Overflow amounts. I’m at my wits end, attempting to understand the OUTPUT VOLUMES in millions of gallons from the 12TownsDrain aka GWK Retention Basin Facility.

Please look hard at the rainfall precipitation – and – the volume

Enlarge the pic below,  or download your own screenshot,  from the link above


I have a basic understanding of rain variables – they are highly dynamic !

Location / Intensity / Duration / Frequency

It can rain like hell on one side of the street and not the other, then switch, or stop.

What I have trouble with,  is the HUGE amount of time it takes to present the public with the information from the MDEQ  website (often several days before it gets posted completely ) and the formulation of the Volume amounts.  The weatherman on the nightly 11:00pm news tells me how much it rained that day.

WeatherUnderground lets people see the private weather stations with rain gauges


I ask the MDEQ to come clean regarding the Volumes of CSO and how they are obtained. Tell the public the formulation, the procedure, the operation , for the GWK Facility. Is it a number that is in effect – Backed Into ? – after the rain stops ?. Perhaps calculated with some “Height”  x  “Width”  x  “Length”  inside the underground basin box ?

Is the combined sewage overflow MEASURED with actual instrumentation; or merely figured out with a best guess, approximation, estimation, calculation – after the fact  ?

This Blog started back in July 2011. I’ve been at this a while, and I wouldn’t attempt a guess at the CSO volumes the MDEQ reports for the GWK Facility  – I’m stumped .

My gut tells me it’s a calculation. Amount impervious surface, rainfall, duration, etc.

The true ACTUAL water volume that comes out, from under Dequindre Road, into the Red Run Drain is a mystery to me as well. The Henry Graham Drain, the North Drain Pipe, the Pollution Control Facility Outlet Weir, the South Drain Pipe and the Walker Relief Drain all empty onto a concrete slab at elevation of 597 ft above sea level for the open ditch, by Dequindre Rd & Chicago Rd.  in Warren, over in Macomb County.

Perhaps the newer technology SCADA equipment – (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) will aid MACOMB COUNTY Public Works in getting answers to the Public.




Clinton River doubles in height

Recent rainfall in Michigan caused the Clinton River to double in height, twice.

The sharp upwards curve shows the speed (flashiness) of stormwater increase.

Combined Sewer and Sanitary Sewer Overflow Information System

– Events by Receiving Water  –

Clinton River October 2017

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Location Gauge Fraser





SPIGIT for SouthEast Michigan

Crowdsourced innovation is an underutilized resource within local governments of SouthEast Michigan.  We have extremely well educated people in the area. Perhaps SPIGIT would aid Metropolitan Detroit government.

Innovate Infrastructure

A Crain’s Detroit article had these statistics.  Southeast Michigan ranks No. 1 nationally for the number of advanced automotive industry jobs (67,825) and businesses (462) and in the number of architectural and engineering jobs (78,740).
The region ranks No. 2 in the Midwest for the number of utility patents issued (3,734) and tech-focused jobs (171,380).
It also ranks No. 3 nationally in the percentage of total employment in the tech industry (8.5 percent and in the number of degrees earned in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math (9,428 in the school year 2012-13).

Federal, state and local government organizations have immense pressure from their constituents to produce results. Cross-departmental collaboration and operations are the key to modernizing and evolving forward.

An example, in the form of a video



The Country of Jersey ?

So I’m looking over WordPress data info and I come across this today :

The Country of Jersey ?  I was curious, intrigued, and slightly confused.

Country of Jersey


“Jersey is NOT part of Great Britain.
The term Great Britain is the collective name
for England Scotland and Wales.
It is NOT part of the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom means ‘Great Britain and Northern Ireland’.


The absolutely wonderfulness of the Internet is information goes absolutely everywhere. Every nook, crack, crevice gets the items that are published, regardless where in the world they happen to be. The Red Run Drain Blog goes just about anywhere you might imagine.

The biggest amount of views/hits are of course in the United States  :

The World WordPress

I’m not doing so well in Greenland…………………………………………………………………

There are distinct reasons I focus on WordPress, and “other” reasons I use Facebook.





Investigative journalism

“The Detroit Free Press spent nearly three months investigating the longstanding water quality problems at Lake St. Clair – compiling Michigan Department of Environmental Quality data on combined sewage overflows spilling to the lake and interviewing researchers, policy makers and citizen advocates for the lake.”

Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press

Perhaps one of THE most important group of articles concerning Macomb County.

Multiple articles, over the weekend, and each day of the week, focused on various aspects, perspectives, and effects of an infrastructure badly in need of Federal Funding dollars $.  In addition, various videos explaining the issues of wastewater.

Day 1

Welcome to Lake St. Clair, where water pollution and beach closures remain unresolved

Across the river, Canada’s Chemical Valley adds to Lake St. Clair’s environmental issues

State lawmakers from Macomb County sponsor St. Clair water quality town hall

All that goose and gull poop is contributing to Lake St. Clair water woes, DEQ says

Day 2

Lake St. Clair is an economic, recreational plum that we sometimes treat like a toilet

Day 3

Years apart, 2 residents champion Lake St. Clair and its environmental problems

At Lake St. Clair town hall, residents sound off on E. Coli, mucky shorelines

Day 4

Oakland, Macomb water officials spar over Oakland’s role in Lake St. Clair’s woes 

Day 5

How to fix Lake St. Clair’s environmental problems — and why it hasn’t happened yet

Successful Town Hall Oct 2,2017

Video of the town hall meeting held October 2, 2017 at MacRay Harbor

It was a packed house, with almost every seat occupied, and people standing as well.

People could step-up, grab the microphone, and ask questions to the MDEQ panel.

It was well attended by politicians and members of the press/media.

The event raised awareness and elevated the need for infrastructure funding

Packed House



Clinton River Delta

Boaters of all types – Beware – construction on South side of the Harley Ensign Boat Launch, as the Clinton River Delta dumps sediment into Lake St Clair.

Frankly, this is a bit disturbing, based on the FACTS. Click on the link below : 

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR)
is a scientific organization made up of researchers.

IAGLR article , as seen September 13, 2011 :

~ “””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“” ~