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SWIM in Macomb County

June 27, 2013

(SWIM) – Surface Water Improvement & Monitoring

The Surface Water Improvement and Monitoring (SWIM) Team Program
conducts water quality sampling and investigations in Macomb.
The SWIM Team Program also monitors the county’s watersheds to
provide vital information about the quality of water flowing
through the county’s main tributaries.

Stuff like water flow into the Clinton River.

Pollution investigations, initiated by citizen complaints
or by referrals from local municipalities, are also an important
element of the SWIM Team’s responsibilities.

Is your neighborhood functioning properly with storm water
flowing where it’s supposed to go ? Storm water is to be kept
SEPARATE from sewer water (toilet water) in Warren.

UN-fortunately City of Warren Wastewater Treatment Plant
discharges – Blended Effluent – when it can’t keep up.

Warren has “””special permits””” not used by other facilities in Michigan

Reporting Entity: Warren
Event Type: SSO
Notification Date/Time: 4/12/2013 1:53:00 PM
Event Start Date/Time: 4/12/2013 8:37:00 AM
Event End Date/Time: 4/13/2013 6:24:00 AM
Volume: 23.57 MG …thats 23 Million gallons
Characterization: The discharge was reported
Precipitation Type: Rain
Precipitation Amount: 2.81 inches

Precipitation Start Date: 4/8/2013 1:50:00 PM
Precipitation End Date: 4/12/2013 6:32:00 AM
Reason For Discharge: Rain caused retention basin to overflow
Entity Actions to Stop/Min Discharge: Pumped maximum flow through WWTP
Discharge Locations:
Outfall Description: Blended effluent….(we mixed crap with water)
Outfall Location: Outfall 001C
Receiving Water: Red Run Drain (tributary to Clinton River)
Land Impacted: None
Volume from this Outfall: 23.57 Million Gallons
Discharge Water Quality: Blended….(we mixed crap with water)
Outfall Discharge Start: 4/12/2013 8:37:00 AM
Outfall Discharge End: 4/13/2013 6:24:00 AM
Actions by MDEQ: NPDES permit contains schedule to eliminate blending

And the KICKER
Schedule of Compliance: This Outfall is subject to the following
Schedule of Compliance: The NPDES permit requires construction
of all SSO projects to be completed by December 1, 2016

The SWIM Team administers Macomb County Health
Department’s Illicit Discharge Elimination Program (IDEP).
The IDEP Program encompasses the systematic elimination
of illicit discharges. One portion of the program entails
surveying hundreds of miles of streams, open drains and
roadside ditches to locate and sample pipes that may
discharge pollutants into the county’s waterways.

A second component is dye-testing the plumbing of commercial,
industrial and institutional buildings in the city of Warren
and Centerline, ensuring proper connection into the drain systems.

Typical DYE testing of drains :

Green Dye Storm Drain

Green Dye Storm Drain

Green Dye Storm Drain

Green Dye Storm Drain

storm drain green dye pouring in

storm drain green dye pouring in




People can also call, 24 hours a day, to report polluters:

The Macomb County Public Works Hotline
(877) 679-4337

The Environmental Unit of the
Macomb County Prosecutors Office can be reached at:
(586) 469-5350

Got questions – give them a call

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