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Keeping Michigan water safe

December 1, 2011

It is quite interesting how the public gets the wool pulled
over its eyes when it comes to what is being done for clean water.
Funding seems to go to whomever squeals the loudest,
and definitely not towards the common good of all residents involved.

For Instance – drinking water pollution monitors are shut down for lack of funding

BUT the Michigan DNR continually finds money the past 25 years to stock
fish in the Clinton when it freely admits the Clinton River is not
capable of a self-sustaining natural trout population.

The Clinton River suffers from irregular flow rates:
a.) little or no flow, resulting in very warm shallow pools, affecting fish
b.) storm drain releases flushing everything out to Lake St. Clair

Red Run tributary to Clinton River from
Oakland County stormdrains via Kuhn Retention Basin

The Clinton River suffers from massive sedimentation issues

Trout are known to capture chemicals from the environment – similar to catfish and carp

Airborne mercury occurs in large amounts in SouthEastern michigan
– Detroit Edison Monroe Power Plant released 660 pounds.
– Detroit Edison Belle River with 335 pounds
– Detroit Edison St. Clair with 236 pounds.
– Detroit Edison Trenton Channel plant with 172 pounds

What makes stocking trout in the Clinton River year after year for
over 25 consecutive years – seem like an excellent idea for taxpayers ?

Almost 5 million people in greater South Eastern Michigan area funding
fishing fun for a select few instead of tax dollars going for clean water infrastructure.

Fish hatcheries in Michigan do get tax money,
it isn’t relying purely on trout licenses at $28 a pop.

Lets put it into perspective, with hard facts, figures, studies, and reality.
Volunteers do the cleanups, volunteers do woody debris removal, etc. etc.
– where is tax money for clean water going ?

Infrastructure is deteriorating all around us
Funding for the National Dam Safety Program, which provides funding
for the safety and security of U.S. dams and is administered by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency, is set to be cut nearly in half,
from more than $11 million to about $6 million.

Got a comment, post it !
References to studies, research, information are always welcome.
(Keep comments civil, using decent language, please)

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