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Red Run in Warren via OaklandCounty

Oakland County does Red Run Drain maintenance in Warren, along Red Run

The over the county border thing catches many people off guard ………

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Flooding is always a concern

I tell people often, repeatedly, and forcefully :  GET a specific rider on your Home Insurance Policy for sewer related flooding i.e. water coming into your basement/home – from the existing piping.  This is very different from water entering your home from the street level, creeping towards your house, entering through windows,doors,garages, etc.

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Snippets from a recent article in Emergency Management :

~ There are several issues regarding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) residents need to figure out for dealing with flooding.

“We advocate for larger investment and resilience upfront of future disasters instead of just shoveling money out the door once a disaster happens,” said Joel Scata of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

One of the key issues is the lack of knowledge of the risk. “Everyone lives in a flood zone and with flooding being the most common natural disaster in the U.S., it is critical that property owners understand their level of risk,” said Patty Latshaw, senior vice president of compliance and principal NFIP flood coordinator.

NRDC would like to see an interactive database where people can log on and find out about the area they live in — the flood risks, if there are repeated damage claims and if the community is compliant with the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program)   ~

Areas like Warren, Michigan are VERY LOW geographically/topographically – the city is only about 620 ft above sea level . Keep in mind that Lake St.Clair has a surface level about 575 ft above sea level.  That means Warren has only about a 45 ft elevation difference from the lake.  Any hard rainfall into the Red Run, Clinton River, and it’s tributaries,  will cause flooding in SouthEast Michigan.

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You would be quite foolish to think we will never see another flood event like 2014.   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 stormdrains.

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Water will always “attempt” to find it’s own level, — pools are flat, right — regardless of the piping underneath them ???

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WARREN is connected to Oakland County – directly – via the Red Run – aka 12TownsDrain

All the stormwater and sewage go through the Kuhn Basin and when it overflows, the water enters Warren, and our neighborhoods, via the street piping connected to the Red Run.

 

Overview Map Red Run Kuhn Retention facility

Overview Map Red Run Kuhn Retention facility

 

 

 

 

 

Innovative percolation rain water

Stormwater Management GRAF EcoBloc

https://en.graf.info/fileadmin/en/unternehmen/philosophie/GRAF_image_brochure.pdf

“Local percolation of rainwater is gaining in importance. As we cover over more and more ground with concrete, we are interrupting the natural water cycle. The GRAF EcoBloc Inspect flex combines environmental management of rainwater with the opportunity to protect against flooding. It stores rainwater and gradually releases it back into groundwater reserves.”

https://www.graf-water.com/graf-tv/en-stormwater-management-with-the-graf-ecobloc-inspect.html

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Radar Outage in SouthEast Michigan

I’ve written about Radar and Stormwater in the past.  Severe storms affect lives.

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In order to better understand it all, click on the link below

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/understanding-radar-and-rain/

Weather Underground – Detroit Metro Airport –
TDWR High Definition – Composite Reflectivity
http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=DTW

 

 

 

CLEAN WATER needed today

Pretty much everyone in the USA has seen or heard of  :

ActorWater

https://www.canoekayak.com/canoe/deliverance/

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For those interested in Human Powered craft like canoes and kayaks

https://www.canoekayak.com/

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Flood Watch Sept. 3rd Monday

Flood Watch -- National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
304 PM Mon Sep 3 2018

Livingston - Oakland - Macomb- Washtenaw - Wayne -Monroe
Including the cities of Howell, Pontiac, Warren, Ann Arbor,
Detroit, Adrian, and Monroe
304 PM EDT Mon Sep 3 2018

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT THIS EVENING...

* Many locations will see around 1 inch of rain, but isolated
  totals to 4 inches are possible. The Detroit Metro area and low
  lying areas will be most susceptible to possible flooding.

InfraStructure Water Politics

People need to be observant of what transpires around them, as it often affects a part of their daily lives. This is true in politics, as well as the great outdoors. Changes occur that might go un-noticed,  yet deserve a second look,  to ask , why  ?

Anne Vaara, used to be,  the Executive Director at the Clinton River Watershed Council, until 2017 – when she left,  and began as the Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner – under Jim Nash – in Oakland County.  She is now part of  WRC,  the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Leadership Team.

https://www.oakgov.com/water/Pages/about/wrc_leadership_bios2.aspx

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Jim Nash is up for re-election in 2020. Anne Vaara replaced Philip Sanzica, who retired after 3 decades as a Professional Engineer for the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office. Jim Nash is most definitely getting some heat over the combined sewer overflow events originating from the 12TownsDrain aka GWK Retention Basin – and who better to have nearby to consult , than Anne Vaara, who also worked at ECT Incorporated as a Senior Environmental Planner.   ECT stands for Environmental Consulting & Technology , they have offices in a few places around SouthEast Michigan.

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The Clinton River via the Red Run Drain plays a crucial role to the communities of Oakland County across the borderline of Dequindre Road. These cities pay $ 50 MILLION DOLLARS  __ per year __ to make the rain water and toilet water disappear via the GWK Retention Basin located in Madison Heights.  What happens near the borderline, affects BOTH counties, including Candice Miller over in Macomb County.  Regional cooperation and foresight is necessary for SouthEast Michigan to evolve forward to cleaner waters.

 

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It often rains hard enough, and long enough, to overwhelm the GWK Retention Basin, resulting in a CSO event,  spilling into the Red Run Drain of Warren, Michigan.

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Warren begins on stormwater storage

Warren is on the cusp of building a very large Stormwater Basin to comply with the DEQ mandate to take action, somehow.  The basin will be constructed on the former Roosevelt Elementary School property, on Stephens east of the intersection of Schoenherr and Groesbeck. The City of Warren issued a $55 Million dollar bond a while back to combat hard rainfalls.

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/warren-55-million-bond-sewer-drain-project/

As Warren will not  be connecting to the OMID (Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain), it had to find an alternate solution.  From my perspective this is a lost opportunity , but the financial wrangling failed.

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/the-warren-connection-omid-2017/

Back in 2014 , the City of Warren suffered severely via stormwater damages totalling  $1.2  BILLION and affecting over 18,000 residents.

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Traditional Flat Paper Map

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Warren does a lot of stormwater brainstorming via the Metco company.  The Warren City Council  voted 5-2 on March 12, 2013 to approve engineering contracting with Metco and James VanHavermaat.

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/warrens-sewer-map/

The City of Warren does have it’s own Waste Water Treatment Plant — BUT has had problems of being overwhelmed with stormwater from time to time due to Inflow and Infiltration (I & I).  Number 4 in the diagram below , are the Final Clarifier Tanks which went thru a bidding process for rehabilitation back in 2014 (before the big storm)

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Calling out Candice Miller

If laws exist at the FEDERAL Level   – Why doesn’t Candice Miller use them, ask for enforcement of them (publically), and make a HUGE MASSIVE ISSUE out of them for the Combined Sewage Overflow problem plaguing the Clinton River  ?  Michigan needs to get serious and clean up its waterways – even if it humiliates and embarrasses some people.

Decisions made 20, 30, 40 years ago – are old – and what may have seemed like a wonderful way to — cut corners – go cheap – and throw a problem over the wall for others to deal with – NOW NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.  The freshwater we have in Michigan is way too precious a commodity/resource to kick the can down the road any more.

Waiting for CSO reports – with a manual, archaic system – on a MDEQ webpage stinks  !!.  If Oakland and Macomb County cannot tap the amazing intellectual powerhouses of computer/technology resources that exist under their noses, SHAME ON THEM.

We have an Open Channel Ditch – and it fills up – IS NOT – a great system – either county should be proud about anymore. It is an eyesore, doesn’t do much for property values, no one recreates upon it, or in it, and it transports diluted POOP into a river and to other peoples seawalls. The knowledge, the tech, the ability exists, now we need the will of politicians.

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How many years ?

Oakland County has been fouling the Clinton River for the past 50 YEARS  !!!!!HistoricalRedRun

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It still takes SEVERAL DAYS for Oakland County to post actual volumes of combined sewage overflow via a manual, archaic, outdated system of handwritten paperwork.

Meanwhile public is left wondering if an actual CSO EVENT occurred, since the State DEQ Website is never filled out in a timely manner to inform the public on rainfall, amount discharged.

Who likes to kayak in Sewage invested rivers after a hard rain in Mt Clemens ?? Perhaps you wanted to go to the beach when the sun comes out and the temperature rises  ?

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Heavy rain closes out July 2018

HEAVY rainfall predicted this evening 7/31/2018

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Hard packed , dry ground, will probably have a good deal of run off, before it percolates down into the dirt, gravel, and various layers.

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USGS gauge location where it all converges near the Freedom Hill amphitheatre

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Michigan House Bills 6242-6249

Separate the toilet Sewers from the rainwater StormDrains  in Oakland County,  Macomb County and Wayne County  via House Bills 6242-6249 which will expand the Clean Michigan Initiative to provide: sewer infrastructure projects, water quality monitoring & pollution control, address septic systems.

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Recent rainfall problems Oakland County

The southeast area of Michigan finally received some rain, perhaps a bit too much. Reports of some flooding and power outages are coming in now Monday morning. If the electrical power is out, a basement sump pump just doesn’t work.

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In some areas near Southfield, the precipitation estimates are 2 inches +

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Rainfall is a dynamic event involving Location, Intensity/Timing, and Duration.  It can rain like hell in one place, and not the other. Rainfall can be a deluge or just a light mist. Sometimes it will last for just an hour, other times it last all day.  Predicting the exact amount of stormwater runoff from a rain event is a tricky beast.

Treating sewage overflows

No entity in Michigan occasionally releases RAW sewage into a creek, stream, river, lake. They actually do attempt to let it settle, screen it, and then they hit whats left over with Sodium Hypochlorite.  Hard rainstorms compress this time sensitive cycle .

Ohh you say —  bleach;  — but do you really understand what you are talking about  ?

From the comments, discussions, forums, etc. I read, most people forgot Chemistry. Remember IONS ?  A cation is a positively-charged ion, an anion is negatively charged. How about ordinary table salt you eat every day , Sodium Chloride , NaCl  ?

Let’s set the record right and help out those confused folks among us. 

Sodium hypochlorite  — Lithium hypochlorite —  Calcium hypochlorite
These are known as UN-stabilized Chlorine compounds.

The stuff for your POOL is stabilized via Cyanuric Acid (sunblock)
Sunshine quickly degrades chlorine, making it loose effectiveness over time.
You may have seen Dichlor and Trichlor for outdoor pools sold as a “puck”

So what you say,  all chlorine works in a similar manner, right  ?   WRONG –                    The key item to focus upon is the (AC) =available chlorine 

  • Sodium Hypochlorite

Sodium Hypochlorite is a liquid Chlorine and has around 10-12%  (AC).                          Ordinary household bleach has only about 5% (AC) , it is weak/safe in comparison.

  • Lithium Hypochlorite

Lithium Hypochlorite is granular Chlorine with a 35% (AC)  . Often used as a shock treatment for pools, but it is relatively expensive in large quantities

  • Calcium Hypochlorite

Calcium Hypochlorite is granular with (AC) of 40-70% used in pools.

SMELL –  there is too much chlorine in the pool Myth 

Hypochlorous Acid is the disinfectant form of Chlorine in the water known to most as Free Chlorine, or what you test your water to see what level it is Hypochlorous Acid is made up of a Hydogren ion and a Hypochlorite ion. These two Ions join and separate a number of times in the water. Their main purpose is to break apart, attack the bad stuff, regenerate, and reconnect keeping the water disinfected.

When you smell a “Chlorine” smell it’s the Hypochorous Acid that broke apart, attacked the bad stuff, but has nothing to regenerate and attach itself to. This give off the smell which makes one think the level is too high when it’s actually too low. The best remedy is to shock the pool to raise the Chlorine level and to get rid of the bad stuff.

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Michigan Silver Jackets

The Michigan Silver Jackets have a vision to create, maintain, and integrate comprehensive partnerships and sustainable solutions to reduce risk associated with flooding and other natural hazards in Michigan. They attempt to accomplish this via hazard mitigation, emergency management, floodplain management and resource management.

Email them :   Michigan.SilverJackets@usace.army.mil

Emergency High Water Mark Assistance – by the Army Corps of Engineers
Contact: Emergency Operations Center @ (313) 226-1323

The Silver Jackets team is the forum where all relevant agencies come together with the state to collaboratively plan and implement that inter-agency solution.

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Logo Silver Jackets

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Each state team includes :

  • the state National Flood Insurance Program coordinator
  • the State Hazard Mitigation Officer
  • a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The state may invite additional participation, governmental and non-governmental, to advance the state goals in flood risk management.

Silver Jackets Newsletter

BUZZUpdatedSpecialEditionApril2018FINAL

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From the BUZZ newsletter

https://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway/rlist.html

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Influence without money

Knowledge is the new money – spreading it outward yields dividends –

Its value compounds over time faster than money.

When you use knowledge or give it away, you don’t lose it.

Knowledge serves as a medium of exchange and store of value.

Transferring knowledge – is free and instant.

It can be converted into authentic relationships.

It accomplishes goals faster and better.

It helps one think bigger and beyond your circumstances.

– Seek knowledge my friends –

Testing of local water

When testing a body of water , it is tremendously helpful to have some insight into what you are testing for. Asking a certified laboratory to test your sample for everything,  can get time consuming.  Perhaps this helps some people find answers.

Keep in mind — Drinking Water from the tap in your home is quite a bit different from any outflow coming from a stormdrain in your neighborhood.  Many forget their drinking water , most likely comes from the NORTH aka Lake Huron.

Macomb County Drinking Water

Macomb County Drinking Water

 

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Detailed map link of Macomb County – with many open channel stormdrains shown

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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Remediation and Redevelopment Division

Laboratory Services Section
Laboratory Certification Officer: Gregg A Lundy
Laboratory Certification Phone: (517) 335-9219

Laboratories Certified for Microbiological Testing

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Laboratories Certified for Inorganic and Organic Testing

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Laboratories Certified for Cryptosporidium Testing

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Laboratories Certified for Lead and Copper Testing

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Rain intensity increasing in USA

The amount of precipitation is always dependent on location, duration, and intensity

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https://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/our-changing-climate/heavy-downpours-increasing#intro-section-2

It is a fact that rainfall events have become heavier and more frequent.

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Map shows percent increases in the amount of precipitation falling in very heavy events (defined as the heaviest 1% of all daily events) from 1958 to 2012.

Hurricanes alter the weather patterns in places like Michigan

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Can we learn from Chicago ?

Chicago seem to be WAY ahead of Detroit regarding Combined Sewage Overflows (CSO). Perhaps we could learn from Chicago in a number of areas about (CSO)

A great idea – they ask people – Who wants to know of a CSO event – no kidding

http://apps.mwrd.org/CSORegistration/Register

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They have the Best Name Ever for their communicative website :

http://istheresewageinthechicagoriver.com/

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They send out automated tweets on the Open City Twitter account.

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Chicago does not mess around – THEY TELL PEOPLE – DIRECTLY – no games

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I’ll admit the guts of it all is buried in the website, but the front end is AWESOME

http://www.mwrd.org/irj/portal/anonymous?NavigationTarget=navurl://54454aed0504d716cb64a988dcec8478

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Neat video explaining what Chicago is doing, what is planned, the future of it all

https://youtu.be/2Uu9J8PwDZQ

Take a hint SouthEast Michigan, the whole metropolitan Detroit region,do it truthfully ! Don’t make people hunt for info, from another county, on an odd cumbersome website.

Own the issue, be direct, NOTIFY and INFORM residents in a manner that doesn’t complicate CSO vs SSO vs Blended Effluent vs Other and so on down the line.

 

 

House Bill 6278 separate sewage systems

The plan laid out in House Bill 6278 requires all municipalities

in Michigan to completely separate their sewage systems

from storm water systems by Dec. 31, 2022.

https://www.facebook.com/peterjlucido/videos/915840035270413/   

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No Beach for Fathers Day ?

Currently the Beach over by Lake St Clair is CLOSED – I still call it Metro Beach

https://health.macombgov.org/Health-Programs-EnvironmentalHealth-WaterQuality-BeachConditions

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NOAA forecast reporting a HOT wonderful summer weekend :

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=42.49961978702464&lon=-83.0797159011671

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Ecoli sticks to beach sand. As soon as kids run in and stir up all that wet warm sand,  the bacteria will be “present” once again in the waters, right near the beach. Separating the toilet sewers – from the rain drains – and actually truly physically/chemically treating the mixed water – is the only way to end this horrendous fiasco, once and for all. Retention basins don’t cut it, pure and simple, proven in-effective, after decades of use.

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Combined Sewers SouthEast Michigan

Combined Sewers SouthEast Michigan – Oakland County boasts about being financially wonderfully flush with revenue/cash.  How about we start there, separating the rain storm drains from the toilet/laundry/garbagedisposal drains – and using a true Waste Water Treatment Plant  – instead of a spray-and-pray retention basin which overflows constantly the past 50 years.

1961 Red Run Drain & 12 Towns Drain

Oakland County started sewage overflow into Macomb back in the 1960’s

Article from 1961 in the Detroit Free Press , described the project, costs, etc.

You may want to view EACH image, separately, and enlarge it to read the text.

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1958 Commissioner and Red Run

1958 Commissioner and Red Run

Can P3 save the Great Lakes ?

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P3 stands for Public & Private Partnership – a unique way of funding infrastructure

A recent WhitePaper Report explores the possibility of  wealthy private investors collaborating with municipalities who don’t want to constantly have more bonds.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/bizzabo.users.files/116443/206198/677655/P3%20Stormwater_White%20Paper_2018.final.pdf

The P3GreatLakes Initiative addresses these issues in the Great Lakes basin

1) Alternative delivery options, such as Community-based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3) and stormwater credit trading, that seek out more efficient, cheaper delivery

2) Alternative finance options, such as Environmental Impact Bonds (EIB), that help meet capital needs upfront,achieve pay-for-performance related savings, and pay for underfunded public services and infrastructure

3) Decentralized stormwater management systems called Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) that when properly designed and placed, are cost-effective ways of managing stormwater, improving water quality, and providing aesthetically pleasing solutions.

http://www.p3greatlakes.org/

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Macomb County WasteWater

I will attempt to share information I recently found on the internet regarding

Macomb County WasteWater maps, plans, etc.

It is a LARGE file, and is best viewed with Adobe Acrobat PDF file reader

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YES, it involves reading, scrolling, moving thru about 50 pages of information that MAY seem irrelevant at times – push on to the next page – just deal with it.

A glimpse of what is inside :  ( hopefully you can click and enlarge for yourself)

https://redrundrain.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/detailed-macombcounty.jpg

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A large majority of wastewater is conveyed via the INTERCEPTOR system

– into Detroit for the Detroit Waste Water Treatment Plant to process

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Warren is one of the few cities to have its own Waste Water Treatment Plant

 

Wastewater thoughts

Take a second and think HOW you actually use water at your house.  Only a small portion, about 20 percent passes through faucets for drinking. Another 20 percent passes through showers or bathtubs coming in contact with your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.

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The rest is split between the toilet, the washing machine, dishwasher, and sometimes watering the lawn, or washing your car.  Let those percentages sink into your brain.

Now think about a major rainstorm, lasting several days, thoroughly drenching everything in sight, and sending massive amounts of runoff into the stormdrains.  Approximately  770 communities across the United States have combined sewer systems. When rainwater is excessive and overwhelms the capacity of the old systems, the combined wastewater and stormwater,  gets minimal treatment and is released directly into adjoining bodies of water.

Here is the problem – what people are primarily charged for,  is the Drinking Water. Residents in a community don’t want to be charged for the Rain RunOff  aka StormWater. Of course no one wants to pay more for their Drinking Water, in an effort to raise funds for the wastewater side of the problem. So a conundrum exists, a paradox, a big tough issue.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates between 1.8 million – and 3.5 million people,  per year,  become ill from recreational contact, such as swimming, with water contaminated by overflows of sanitary sewers, which carry sewage to wastewater treatment plants.

 

 

Weather and Memorial Day 2018

In the United States, Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday of May.

The weather cycle across the USA had Michigan see a LOT of rain for Mothers Day weekend May 12/13, causing local combined sewage overflow events. The weather pattern is set for another round of showers just before Memorial Day. Currently we have High pressure – which will – of course – lead to low pressure later on in the week, – before the Memorial Day Holiday.

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IF people want to play at the Beach , recreate on the Rivers and Lakes in Macomb County when the sun pops out – we NEED to push politicians for wastewater  improvements.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/08/2017-27948/public-notification-requirements-for-combined-sewer-overflows-to-the-great-lakes-basin

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SouthEast Michigan needs to UPGRADE and EVOLVE sewage infrastructure in an effort to protect our drinking water , along with the streams, rivers, lakes residents recreate in.

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Three inches of rain and CSO events

It rained quite a bit the past few days, over Mothers Day weekend, May 12/13, 2018

Of course, a Combined Sewer Overflow took place, flowing into the Red Run Drain, the Clinton River and on to Lake St Clair, fouling the waters.

http://www.deq.state.mi.us/csosso/events_by_entity.asp?lstEntity=108&cmdSubmit=Submit

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Candice Miller and other government officials are VERY aware of the issue/situation and we must relentlessly, tenaciously, incessantly pound on them for change. Yes it’s expensive, Yes it’s complicated, Yes it takes time – Get STARTED – Get FUNDING – GO !!!

https://www.facebook.com/MacombPublicWorksCandiceMiller/posts/10155898929168606

History

The history on this issue goes back many, many DECADES

It involves the USACE, The Federal Government, and numerous other agencies.

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Flood Watch continues May 14

Beware, the soils in SouthEast Michigan are already saturated from recent rainfall

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
405 AM EDT Mon May 14 2018

…Periods of heavy rain expected this morning and again tonight…

Livingston – Oakland – Macomb – Washtenaw
Wayne – Lenawee – Monroe –
Including the cities of
Howell, Pontiac, Warren, Ann Arbor,
Detroit, Adrian, and Monroe

…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING
THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING..

* Two more rounds of showers and thunderstorms will affect the area
this morning and again tonight. The potential exists to add an
additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall to already saturated soils.
Most of the watch area has recieved between 2 to 4 inches over
the last couple days.

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

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Flood Advisory May 12, 2018

A second round of showers and thunderstorms is moving in tonight and overnight across the Metro Detroit region of Michigan. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.

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Flood Advisory
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
1133 AM SAT MAY 12 2018

Wayne MI – Oakland MI – Livingston MI – Washtenaw MI-
1133 AM EDT SAT MAY 12 2018

…THE FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 130 PM EDT FOR WAYNE…SOUTHERN OAKLAND…SOUTHERN LIVINGSTON AND WASHTENAW COUNTIES…

Showers and a few thunderstorms over the Detroit Metro area will
diminish early this afternoon, with minor flooding continuing in the
advisory area. One and half to two and half inches of rain has
fallen along and close to Eight Mile Road within the past 24 hours.

Additional accumulations early this afternoon will be around a
quarter of an inch for most locations with locally higher amounts

Clinton River basically DOUBLED in height

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Warren – Michigan’s 3rd largest city
on Saturday, May 12, 2018 about 5:30pm

2018 and Ecoli

Let’s hope there is a true CONCENTRATED and FOCUSED imperative to eliminate the Ecoli in our local streams and rivers originating from Human sources (feces). This involves funding, monetary resources, budgets, manpower and the pure raw will of the people to stop sewage contamination from screwing up The Great Lakes State of Michigan.

http://mdeq.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=2a060da30e25451292220861632b2c99

Notice how Oakland County clearly ties into Macomb County via tributaries

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The area where the Clinton River enters Lake St Clair should not be brown with sewage overflow and sediment spewing forth , visible from aerial reconnaissance. It is after all where a major MetroPark exists,  and people want to swim on hot summer days.

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I truly hope the MDEQ doesn’t sweep anything under the rug, hide info, etc. and just reports the bare facts to the public. Metro Detroit is HIGH TECH, we have highly educated, smart people all around the area.

http://www.detroitchamber.com/detroit-is-becoming-the-silicon-valley-of-smart-mobility-tech/

https://genius.com/Detroit-news-study-cites-metro-detroit-as-high-tech-hotbed-annotated

We need accurate, timely reporting of incidents, events, spills, overflows.  No one one should drive to a beach, only to find out it is closed for swimming.  Everyone wants to go kayaking/canoeing on the Clinton River, YET it is fouled almost every rainstorm.

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/honesty-in-reporting-on-mdeq-maps/

Public pressure, scrutiny, criticism is mandatory in a democratic government.  The more involved ordinary people are in the health and welfare of an area, the better it becomes.

I don’t think we should wait – several days – before knowing about the all too often occurrence of Combined Sewer Overflows – in SouthEast Michigan. It is appalling  !!!

Appaling