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Warren connects to OMID ?

I wonder how the formation of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) affects the final outcome for The City of Warren Michigan getting connected to the OMID project.

Warren doesn’t deserve to see any flooding events occur in the future.
Hopefully the mayor will announce some good news soon in the media when The City of Warren gets some wet weather relief.

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/warren-wet-weather-connection/

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Warren OMID Connection

Oakland needs to evolve

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Progress moves forward with no regard for politicians, leaders, rulers or their past history.
It is relentless, steamrolling over those who stand in its way.

L Brooks Patterson made a decision to keep an old drainage system in Oakland County
– pure and simple.
The system in place for the 12TownsSewageDistrict of Oakland County relies on storm water mixing with sewage.
Macomb County has separated drains – one for rainstorms – one for sewage from toilets.

Communities with combined sewage overflow systems (CSOs) are outdated in 2015, they lead to overflows that pollute.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 850 billion gallons of untreated wastewater and storm water are released through CSOs each year in the United States.

Federal guidelines require municipalities to renovate these outdated systems to protect human health and the environment.

L Brooks Patterson has repeatedly commented in the media that Oakland County is wealthy, it has a healthy economy, etc etc.
Oakland County is full of cash.
No one would say Oakland County is struggling, impoverished, run down, or in need of help.
Years of being a selfish island ensured its economic vitality.
Time to pay up, fix the outdated combined sewer systems, eliminate the CSO discharges into the Clinton River via Red Run.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) represents sewer districts and it realizes communities need to evolve forward.

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Oakland County continues to lay more concrete, more asphalt, develop land — all of which forces more water into the drains.

Time to modernize, contribute to all citizens of Metro Detroit , via purified, sanitized, clean water discharge, every day of the year.
Straining the feces, adding some bleach, retaining the water a bit, doesn’t really cut it anymore. The old system is often overwhelmed and contributes to flooding downstream.

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Who runs GLWA ?

It would appear all things water are controlled, managed, usurped, etc by OaklandCounty.
A number of items concerning water over the years seem to “occur” as MacombCounty officials stand silent in the process. I would say submissive, versus, dominant.

OaklandCounty cannot drain itself. It is in effect landlocked, NEEDING other counties to “allow” storm water to flow to lower elevations.

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Environment, clean water, recreation were NOT the priorities of
L Brooks Patterson in the past.
He did not seem concerned one bit.
Why should anyone trust the GLWA
now in 2015, if it is all 1 sided ? Hopefully no one gets steamrolled.

April thunderstorms

April 9th,  2015 has severe weather alerts all around  Warren, Michigan
NOAA forecast Tonight:

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 4am,
then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 4am and 5am, then a chance of thunderstorms after 5am.
Low around 51. South southwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 80%.
New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch

This is a view of Red Run at Ryan Road in Warren, MI near 8 pm

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DWSD water leaks via ITRON

Detroit supposedly HAD electronic systems in place to track excessive water usage, leaks, etc back in 2007. Why is there all the chaos over -unpaid- water bills from industrial and residential customers in 2014 and 2015 ?

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Back from in January 2007
Itron Inc. announced that is had signed a subcontract to provide the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) with Itron’s advanced Water Fixed Network. The contract included ServiceLink, Itron’s wireless automated dispatching/communications solution, to manage field operations more efficiently by eliminating paperwork in the field.

Itron’s Water Fixed Network (WFN) combined high-powered two-way endpoints, network collectors with flexible backhaul options, and a robust data collection engine that took fixed network technology for meter reading at water utilities beyond simple monthly consumption data. WFN could collect daily water meter readings and, through its powerful data logging functionality, provide consumption data that could be used for resource management and conservation programs.

More than 275,000 water endpoints were deployed in the City of Detroit, allowing DWSD to be proactive in detecting water leaks behind the meter, alleviating large bills for unused water and associated billing disputes.

DWSD was supposed to see benefits from Itron’s Water Fixed Network system in a number of ways including increased revenues (due to leak detection and elimination of billing errors), operational savings from reading more meters in a shorter amount of time with less people, improved cash flow from moving to monthly billing and savings from encouraging  customers to conserve according to Victor Mercado, former director of DWSD. “””We also expect to see additional benefits as we gain experience with running the system and obtaining on-demand and interval data reads, along with the collection of data.”””

“””Our customers want us to eliminate estimated reads and we want to reduce special meter reads that create additional trips for our meter readers.””” Mercado said. “””With two-way communication, we can program meters without leaving the office.”””

“””The opportunity at Detroit is exciting because you have a city that is using technology to provide its customers with exceptional performance, accuracy and customer service,”””said Malcolm Unsworth, senior vice president, hardware solutions. “””Itron’s water fixed network provides Detroit with advanced, two-way communication for streamlined meter reading and leak detection that will enable Detroit to improve efficiency and maintain flexibility for future growth.”””

SOURCE: Itron

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan
Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Detroit Radio Network

Detroit Radio Network

I had written about the upgrades to the Detroit Radio Network in a prior post

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/detroit-radio-team-and-sewage/

Minimal rainfall lately

We have been lucky with the early spring season so far. The ground has had a chance to thaw slowly, allowing rainfall to soak in a bit.
Frozen ground combined with  heavy rainfall can create flooding.

Easter is approaching and snowfall will be nothing but a memory. The radar reports have nothing to be worried about, enjoy the holiday.

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Macomb sewer social media

#MacombCounty sewer overflows on Social Media. Which drain had a #CSO event, a release, a hic-up due to rainfall ??

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Spring rain frozen ground

Hard severe extended rainfall on solid frozen ground
is often recipe for flooding along the tributaries
of the Clinton River and drainage systems.

Frozen ground forces rain runoff into the stormdrain pipes
which are easily overloaded, causing backups in the system.
So far during March 2015 we have a LOT of sunshine.

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Spring Precipitation Forecast 2015

Spring Precipitation Forecast 2015


Spring Precipitation Michigan 2015

Spring Precipitation Michigan 2015

HOW to read the graph data
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/INTR.html

Hopefully people have updated their insurance policies and
followed up with FEMA representatives for the new maps.

My guess , my gut feeling, is that local governments did little
in response to our last flooding event. Many officials “”claimed””
everything functioned perfectly and nothing could be done about it.
The systems were built 50 years ago, the pipes buried long long ago.
It is now 2015 and everything is covered in concrete, asphalt, etc.

The rain drops no longer soak in the ground, they are rammed into an
inadequate system, poorly equipped to handle hard rainfall.
Hopefully a few projects offer a bit of relief, I have doubts.
Warren needs to be connected to The Interceptor project.


Clinton River on Fire

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Back in 1988 – Workers for Enbridge’s Lakehead Pipe Line  used propane torches to burn crude oil off the banks of the Clinton River in Bruce Township.

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BY MARK LOWERY
Free Press Staff Writer
– A Wisconsin company began a controlled burn along the banks of the Clilnton River in Bruce Township on Thursday to clean up residue from a 320,000-gallon crude oil leak in June.  The Lakehead Pipe Line Co. of Superior, Wis., started burning the crude oil along a two-mile stretch of river between Brown Road and Thirty-four Mile Road.  The operation is expected to last two days. Lakehead representatives and officials from the state Department of Natural Resources say the controlled burn is the best way to clean up the remaining oil without causing additional environmental damage.  “At this point, what damage that was going to occur, did occur,” said James Goodheart, a wildlife biologist with the DNR. Goodheart said the spill and a resulting fire disrupted wildlife in and around the river and nearby wetlands.  On June 16, oil leaked from an underground Lakehead pipe that carries crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Buffalo. Workers attempting to repair the broken pipeline struck a pipe with a backhoe, sparking a fire. The fire swept several acres of nearby farmland. The leak was caused by corrosion, and Lakehead’s clean up costs may reach $1 million, company officials said. Flames from the controlled burn are not expected to be taller than 18 inches, and straw bales will be put in the river to prevent ashes from falling in, company officials said.

GLWA and Brian Baker

A recent article in the Advisor and Source Newspapers by SEAN DELANEY showed Brian Baker receiving an award from Mark Hackel. Brian Baker has been extremely quiet regarding the GLWA in SouthEast Michigan.

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Brian Baker was recently  ””recognized for his role in facilitating comprehensive management and structural change for improved efficiency, cost reduction and accountability as a member of the Great Lakes Water Authority, which oversees the wholesale water rate-setting process for 17 communities in Macomb County and the 11 county communities on the regional sewer system.”””

The article goes on to explain “”Brian Baker worked extensively on the water and sewer rate-setting process for the past 28 years. He also serves on the Project Oversight Committee reviewing Detroit Water and Sewerage Department efficiencies and recommended best practices.””

Will we ever hear directly from Brian Baker , as our GLWA representative , for The City of Warren ? Is he always going to be behind the scenes, lurking in the shadows, quiet, shy, and let others release info on his behalf ?

Oakland and Macomb Counties share numerous Inter-County Drain  concerns affecting 100’s of thousands of residents. Oakland County – relies – on Macomb , for its  stormwater strategy.

12 Towns Drain LBrooksP

People need to remember history and how Oakland County cities made a choice to NOT separate their sewer systems – taking the cheap way out. The Clinton River suffers via storm water management under LBrooksP.

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Wait for FEMA maps

We might have to wait a bit longer for The City of Warren FEMA maps

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Chemicals via fish

A number of animals eat fish, like otters, birds of prey, and humans. Unfortunately fish pick up chemical contaminates and pass them along to the predators.

This takes place right here, now 2015,
SouthEast Michigan, in Lake St. Clair
and its tributaries, the Clinton River. Some people choose to wear blinders, but problems exist, regarding clean pure water.

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Urban water and fish

The Clinton River involves a LARGE part of Oakland County with its old crumbling Combined Sewer Systems.
Fish compete with CSO dumps into the Clinton River. Each major CSO stirs up sediment choking fish and creates a Delta in Lake St.Clair

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A facility (RTB) Retention Treatment Basin –basically– just screens out feces and sprays bleach on the water.

The Red Run Drain = The GWK
George W. Kuhn = an RTB of 90 million/gal

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We all know fish need oxygen.
It is dissolved in the water and the amounts of oxygen are easily compromised.

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For 50 years, Oakland County has refused to FIX an outdated system of combined sewer systems and simply tried a band-aid approach with the 12TownsDrain aka RedRunDrain .

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The building and operation of the GWK retention treatment basin result has not been all that spectacular, despite an intense media blitz. Sure the discharge meets ” guidelines” ….ha ha ha.

Flooding along the Clinton River and its tributaries is a major concern — and much of the blame falls squarely on Oakland County.
Water quality is also a function of the CSO’s discharged into the Red Run Drain. The GWK basin often can not handle the rainfall amounts.

Now the EPA wants to pledge $ 20 million towards the Clinton River. That is taxpayer money, your money, out of your pocket, remember ?  I recall “another” $ 20 million via the USACE (Engineering Corps of the USA) back in 2011. Oh yeah , how much was the GWK basin…around $ 200 million.

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I just love the Gag Order on everyone regarding our “Water and Sewage Rates” so people like Brian Baker are insulated from the storm hitting the fan in 2015.

Let us remember Pontiac is now ” the” new sewer processing site to feed the Clinton River. Pontiac needs revenue $$$ via sewage processing.

ClintonRiverWaterCouncil

What are the financial resources for a group such as the CRWC – The Clinton River Watershed Council of SouthEast Michigan ?

They rely a lot on unpaid volunteers to provide grunt labor on various clean-up projects.
NonProfits need to file a Form 990 showing where those dollars go.

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The Federal Government has been involved with the Red Run section of the Clinton River via the USA Corps of Engineers since the 1960s.

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Clinton gets $20 Million EPA

An article in The Voice, Thursday, February 26, 2015, by Paul Kampe described an EPA pledge of $ 20 million dollars to aid the Clinton River.

If you have concerns about the Red Run Drain, 12TownsDrain, Kuhn Retention Basin storm water — speak up NOW !!!

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The EPA program focuses on 11 projects through the Clinton River watershed along the Clinton River, its tributaries and the mouth of Lake St. Clair.

The Clinton River (PAC) –Public Advisory Council will do projects involving streambank restoration, woody debris management, and native plants.

Turn Wastewater into Fresh

The GLWA and DWSD need to thoroughly and actively research what others cities are doing.

Is the Great Lakes State really on the cutting edge of Fresh Water Technology , or do others beat the pants off us ?

http://www.innovationtoronto.com/2015/02/an-efficient-way-to-turn-wastewater-into-fresh-water/

Water reality check

There is an amazing amount of rhetoric , noise and buzz about people “” supposedly “” too poor to pay their water bills around the MetroDetroit area. There is also a major lack of evidence , concerning extreme inordinate unsurmountable Monthly Water Bills.

People in and around Detroit , simply have not posted their water bills , online, within social media, on the internet, for others to view. I suspect it is because the water bills were neglected, de-prioritized, deemed un-important enough to pay In Full, for a fresh zero balance, each and every month.

It may be tough, unfair, inaccurate, to compare Detroit to other cities. …nag,nag,nag, whine, whine. Get over it, It Happens if you like it or not. There is some truth in the charts. Especially when similar numbers pop up repeatedly on various different comparative mechanisms. Maybe you really do waste a ton of water, every single day, all year long. image image image image If people really were truly outraged, incensed, furious, we would be seeing 100,000 scans, copies, smartphone pics, on InstaGram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc etc etc etc proving the injustice. If it is seriously bad, you’ve sought out assistance already, right ?

Clean, disinfected, purified, pressurized, drinkable water, distributed to residential kitchen faucets is a SERVICE that costs money. Yeah, the price went up a bit recently, perhaps in a deceitful manner, but it is not forcing people out of their Metro-Detroit homes.

People need to re-think priorities. You cannot drink a Tweet, swallow a gallon of Gasoline,  quench your thirst with Comcast, or flush your toilet with Cigarettes. Drinkable Water comes first, everything else is secondary. Think about it all for a second. Let’s stop the bullshit , No one is wiping your debt.

Precisely how pipes burst

This guy explains ( in high scientific detail ) why pipes burst in a highly similar manner all over the world. Scroll down to read about the molecules, the bonds, the physics involved , in bursting water pipes during the winter months

http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/december22013/index.html

Water is an amazing substance . Most liquids do not expand before transition to solid.

GLWA so far

Nothing to be impressed about .
It appears they don’t have enough info to accurately determine much of anything.

Is anyone surprised ?

NOTICE how the month of May was referenced, May 2014 ?
It’s February 2015 now.

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WDET News – Hackel Frustrated

Hackel appears to be following LBrooksP lead and the representatives that were picked,  are very silent on the proposed rate increases for the suburbs.

http://wdet.org/news/story/021015-Hackel-Water/#.VNoVLUtUAUs.twitter

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Learn more about it all :

http://www.semcog.org/uploadedFiles/Data_and_Maps/Map_library/WWTPandSewered(1).pdf

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Warren Wetlands Inventory

Warren Michigan is a LOT wetter than you might think it is.
Detailed land analysis clearly shows the Wetlands of Warren.
The Red Run was once natural.

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FEMA Reform

FEMA helped many people in Macomb and Oakland counties last year ( 2014 ).

I have little doubt Warren, Michigan and nearby cities will experience more flooding from communities at higher elevations with Combined Sewer Overflow issues.

Oakland County 12 Towns District sends its storm water to us – pure and simple. Water finds its own level, and at about 620 ft above sea level – everything begins to get wet in Warren.

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/Reformfemabutpleasekeepthemoneyflowingtomydistrict.html

Great Lakes Clean Community 

The GLCCN – An organization and network that probably will do a lot more for the local water quality around us than the GLWA ever will:

Google : GLCCN Michigan

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GLWA chaos already

An article on an NPR website details the chaotic start of GLWA for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. It is causing apprehension and mis-trust right out of the starting gates for 2015 in Michigan.

wvpe.org/post/great-lakes-water-authority-trouble

Warren is special

Warren is indeed unique concerning water issues in Metro Detroit. It has a Water Treatment plant, it has stormwater entering from OaklandCounty via The Red Run and it has The Interceptor aka OMID bisecting the city.

Warren needs to be connected to The Interceptor and this has already been preliminarily approved. Politics is getting in the way, hindering flood relief for residents.

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Sewer Piping Systems

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Drinking Water Systems

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Politics of Elevation

Do those living at a higher elevation get to impose their will upon those below ?

How exactly are those at a lower elevation, in another county, supposed to fight an onslaught of repeated flooding over nearly 100 years of engineered systems designed to funnel stormwater into their neighborhoods ?  Was some compensation paid, a barter to be had, some trade-off,  so enormously valuable to the lower elevation people, that they said  ” Okay, Flood Me ”  ?

Oakland County took the easy way out.
Instead of fixing its Combined Sewer System,
and separating the pipes into 2 unique systems,
– it opted to dump into the Red Run Drain, aka Clinton River.

Who suffers from this strategy ? – Those downstream
People living alongside the Clinton River tributaries in MACOMB County.

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Red Run EPA EnviroMapper

Red Run EPA EnviroMapper

NOTICE that huge gap, hole, bare empty spot, of the EPA EnviroMap
to the West of Warren on the map ( left of the red arrow ) ?
That is what you see in the picture, featured below,
– as the 12 Towns Drain aka Kuhn Retention Basin.

ALL that water, from 12 individual separate Towns, flows via gravity,
by elevation, by topography, into Warren , into the Clinton River , flowing downstream.

Will the newly formed GLWA, oversee Inter-County Drain projects,
and the legal ramifications encountered by dumping stormwater
into an antiquated system that surcharges existing street systems ?

Maybe the lawsuits from residents downstream need to
become Inter-County and Regional or State Level as well.
Perhaps outright superior force is the only strategy that wins.
No doubt another “incident”, “event”, “flood” might just be the
straw breaking the camels back, causing massive public outcry.

The media has been SILENT on what was fixed, remedied, re-engineered
from the last major flooding incident, so it will happen again, right ?
I have not read one article about Co-Operation between Counties.

Governor Snyder might as well just fill in the Red Run with dirt,
sealing it permanently shut at Dequindre Road, once and for all.

At least then it could be used as a Inter-County Biking Trail.
Then Oakland County would be forced to find alternate solutions,
instead of using the Clinton River as a dumping ground for CSO of stormwater.

Why does Rain at Greenfield and 8 Mile
become stormwater that flows through Warren ?

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DETAILED Kuhn Retention Basin area

DETAILED Kuhn Retention Basin area

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Oak Park Kuhn Retention Red Run

Oak Park Kuhn Retention Red Run

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GWK Drainage System

GWK Drainage System

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Red Run The last 100 years

Red Run The last 100 years

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1958 Commissioner and Red Run

1958 Commissioner and Red Run

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Red Run Madison Heights text

Red Run Madison Heights text

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Overview USACE Red Run Study

Overview USACE Red Run Study

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Red Run as Flood Control Act 1970

Red Run as Flood Control Act 1970

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Red Run watershed

Red Run watershed

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Combined Sewers SouthEast Michigan

Combined Sewers SouthEast Michigan

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Red Run

Red Run

Trusting government

The City of Flint has a large Drinking Water distribution problem right now in January 2015. It sent out notices to residents regarding trihalomathanes in the drinking water coming out of their home faucets. An excess of the maximum contaminant level over many years may cause problems with people’s liver, kidneys or central nervous system and have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Setting health guidelines is a balancing act of Economics and Medical Science

Extremely stringent guidelines are often prohibitively expensive, yet “loose” constraints make residents feel apprehensive, scared and uncomfortable.  Water is one of those commodities where people want it as cheap as possible, yet subconsciously they realize there are substantial costs involved in providing pristine, clear, pressurized, clean drinking water.

Trihalomethane is a common byproduct in municipal systems that are treated with chlorine to disinfect the water. The EPA standards are set based on someone drinking 2 liters of water a day. Some folks who are elderly, or have a severely compromised immune system, may want to use carbon filters on their faucets.

Government can do only so much, for a set cost, to protect your family – and they generally do a decent job most of the time. They will never, ever, be able to scrub, filter, remove, everything that gets into the water. You might be well advised to spend a few dollars extra each year with a simple faucet mounted device and replace the cartridges on a timely basis. ONLY when people actually pay more taxes, will the water distribution supply chain improve. It doesn’t happen by wishing, hoping, praying, expecting it to happen. It is everyone’s responsible to pay into the system.

A typical 3 Stage Water Filter

A typical 3 Stage Water Filter

 

 

 

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Bridges shaking infrastructure

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Seismometer

 

What happens to buried water pipes, connectors, etc as they get rattled repeatedly via Bridge traffic for 60 years or more ? People that live near local bridges definitely feel the tremors of heavy laden trucks shaking their houses. Often their picture frames on their walls buzz, vibrate, hum from the bridge traffic.

MDOT does not care about small 5 lane “minor” bridges carrying heavy TractorTrailer Traffic like the one on Ryan Road over the Red Run. It is a “city issue” or “county issue” MDOT wants no part of. I asked in writing via social media.

I wonder what a seismograph test over a 12 month period of modern 2015 actual traffic patterns would reveal. Tremors could be revealed with relatively simple , but sensitive equipment. Even high school science lab equipment can detect earthquakes of a magnitude 3.5 as far away as 50 miles and  magnitude 6.5 quakes anywhere in the world.  Surely the State of Michigan has licensed contractors with electronic equipment that could determine the shakiness, trembling, oscillation, and vibrations given off by Bridge Traffic to determine its effect on buried infrastructure piping laid down 60 years ago.

A high school seismometer set-up for under  $1,000 dollars comes with Windows software that displays a full day’s recording on a single screen and automatically saves and organizes the data for later analysis. The software supports the identification or the different types of ground waves in an earthquake, extraction of the earthquake signal, and determination of the distance and intensity of the quake. Included software filters can be applied to the data to “tune” the display to emphasize typical vibrations , or to eliminate “noise” and show only seismic events.

How it works:

The High School model Seismometer is a vertical seismometer that can detect the    P-and S-waves generated by an earthquake, as well as the slower Rayleigh-type surface waves. The heart of the Seismometer is a long horizontal boom with a heavy magnet and balance weight at one end, hinged by a knife-edge to a vertical post at the other end and supported by a long spring. The movement of this system is damped by a vane immersed in a container of oil. The magnet fits over a coil, and when a vibration or an earth tremor shakes the seismometer, the relative movement of the coil and magnet generates an electric signal in the coil by induction. The signal is amplified in the interface box and passed to the computer to be recorded and displayed on the monitor.

Of course the economic concerns of Big Business Logistics overshadows the enforcement of weight limits, road surface reconstruction costs, and any breakage to underground infrastructure unseen to human eyes. MDOT gets hammered by powerful industry moguls and caves in to them.

When water flows OVER a bridge, it severely stresses the bridge mounting hardware (water weighs 8 lbs per gallon). The flowing river delivers a huge sideways push to the bridge – not a normal stress.

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Red Run Drain overtaking 5 Lane Ryan Road Bridge Warren

 

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Ryan Road Chicago Road Red Run 1997

 

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High Water Mark Ryan Road Red Run Bridge

 

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Side View Red Run Ryan Road Bridge

 

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Flood Plain Elevation Red Run Bridge

 

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Red Run 130 ft Wide 30 ft deep

 

Happy Holidays everyone

A big huge Thank You to all
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during the week to remind of the
winter season

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