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P3 the public private partnership

Solving Water Challenges Through Partnerships
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are a means of delivering critical infrastructure. These partnerships can provide communities with some new tools to face water system challenges.


A recent summit in San Diego was attended by more than 525 public water agency and industry professionals to discuss project management, resiliency, financing, and networking for owners, system managers, and developers.

I’ve covered this topic before

A short video shows some of the highlights from the summit



Report Polluters

PLEASE call these spills/dumps into officials, alert them of any dumping –

Call 877-679-4337 at the 24hr hotline Macomb County Pollution Reports.

Any rainbow/prism, discoloration, weird smell, etc. needs attention  !!!

Thanks to Annie Leclerc from Sterling Heights for the pictures.



Flooding possible May 4 & 5th 2017

Keep alert and stay informed – protect your house and property

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River Graph Clinton

The CSO Game

Perhaps somebody from Macomb Public Works can explain this to me…

—perhaps they can’t  !!!

I certainly don’t see the pattern of Sewage Discharge via Rainfall amount.

Someone must know the amount of sewage associated with rainfall.

You might want to zoom in the see what  1 inch of rain  does to Red Run Drain

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Water under Halmich Park

I was flipping thru some 1956 archives of Warren Michigan and noticed there was a stream connecting to the Red Run – upon the site of where Halmich Park was built.

Halmich Park Site 1956

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Intense Rain Thursday April 20, 2017

The extreme hard rain dumped over an inch of rain in just a few hours in Oakland and Macomb County during the afternoon of April 20, 2017. All that stormwater had to go somewhere – the Red Run Drain .

As the Red Run Drain rose rapidly it submerged the street outfalls, rendering them almost useless, essentially surcharging them as water finds it own level.

Red Run Drain at Ryan Road 5:00pm

Click on the link above (not the picture) and you’ll see the outfall for Ryan Road and nearby neighborhood street drains about 3/4 of the way UNDER the flow of the Red Run Drain. It often becomes completely submerged by 10 feet of water as levels approach the height of the bridge.

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Size of the Red Run Drain

Far too many people see the Red Run Drain as insignificant, not very large, etc. Let’s jump right into some pictures showing its shape, length and depth. For all practical purposes – it is a Trapezoid – open drain channel – about 30 feet deep – for 6 miles.

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Red Run 3

Now imagine that entire channel – full to the upper edges – with stormwater – and sewage overflow from a dozen plus cities in OaklandCounty – spilling into Warren Michigan.

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For just ONE MILE of the Red Run Drain it holds about 13 Million cubic feet


Just ONE MILE represents 95 Million gallons of stormwater and sewage overflow .  The Red Run Drain easily stretches from Dequindre to Hayes entering the Clinton.

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Perhaps now you get a “”feel”” for the massive amount of volume that often crosses the Dequindre borderline between Oakland and Macomb Counties – threatening Macomb residents basements, property, businesses and LakeStClair shoreline.

Those 6 Miles of the open channel drain often are full, almost spilling over the banks, touching bridges, and easily represent a “snapshot” of nearly 600 Million gallons. Of course the river is a dynamic, ever changing, constantly flowing entity.

Red Run Drain – May 25, 2011

Red Run Drain – August 12, 2014

RTB permit



MDEQ behind the times

Candice Miller must put pressure on the MDEQ to provide TIMELY reports

For many years now, the MDEQ has operated an antiquated, manual, hand driven (literally) reporting system of CSO and SSO events to the public. It doesn’t work !!!

It simply is not working on weekend – holidays – in the evenings – etc., etc.

Want to go kayaking in sewage overflow , swim in sewage overflow, have your dog chase a stick in the water to cool off – in sewage overflow – HOW would you know ??????

Answer = you don’t .  It is a severely FAILED SYSTEM of Public Reporting

Point Blank, without sugar coating – Get your shit together MDEQ , okay  ?


Question and Answer time


City: Warren
State: Michigan
Subject: Flooding
Message: Who actually knows the StormWater Flow occurring under the Ryan Road
– Red Run Bridge ? The USGS gauges were removed years ago. Water has
washed over the bridge deck a few times the past decade , and it will only
get worse. More stormwater flow into Red Run via I-75 expansion – —

The ANSWER   (Keep in mind exactly where I-75 is on the maps below)

On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 11:29 AM, Rep. Patrick Green (District 28)
<> wrote:

Dear ______________,

Thank you for contact me in regards to flooding concerns on Ryan Rd.
My staff has followed up with MDOT regarding the issue with I-75
and received the below response:

In response to your inquiry on the flooding of Ryan Road
and the potential impacts of the I-75 project,
I have some information for you about some solutions MDOT is looking at:

The improvement should have no negative impact
on the storm water drainage system.

It will in fact be an improvement.
We are currently studying solutions to limit the additional flow
by separating out our drainage water from a
combined sewer overflow (drainage and sanitary mix).

We will reduce the impact to the Oakland County combined sewer system.
Currently the freeway drains to the Oakland County system
at numerous points throughout the corridor.
The proposed design that is being developed
will reduce access to a single location.
The conceptual design is draft,
and being designed to hold and store storm water
up to the 100 year storm (bigger than what is existing)
and then release the flow back to the GWK system (in Oakland County)
at a significantly reduced rate, via a sensor system.

We expect to separate our water from the local’s and County’s,
store it and then release at a slower rate, compared to what exists.

It will then be treated at the GWK facility,
which outlets to the Red Run Drain.
This treatment will improve the water quality.

It will be an overall improvement and benefit to the stakeholders
—motorists, County, local communities, etc.
The study is on-going and requires a lot of detailed coordination.
The improvement is scheduled for 2020.

Ryan Road itself is under the jurisdiction of the
Macomb County Road Commission,
and they can be contacted at: 586-463-8671
They may be able to provide information on the roads flooding
and the impacts of the Red Run drain.
Unfortunately, as noted in the response from MDOT,
Ryan Rd falls under the Macomb County Road Commission.

My staff followed up directly with the Road Commission raising your concerns.
They were told that it would be best to have a direct constituent complaint
to go along with the phone call our office put in.
Therefore, I would suggest calling the Road Commission
and raising this concern with them. They can be reached at 586-463-8671.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions
or if I can be of further assistance to you in the future.
Kindest regards,
Patrick Green
State Representative
District 28

Patrick Green Michigan Democrat

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Dequindre Interceptor

Snyder Infrastructure Gaps

The 21st Century Infrastructure Commission created a long-term infrastructure strategy to addresses Michigan’s needs for the next 30-50 years in the areas of transportation, water, sewer, stormwater, wastewater treatment and drainage, energy, and communications.,4668,7-277-61409_78737—,00.html

Plan on your water/sewage rates to JUMP UP – as I doubt we’ll see State/Federal Aid

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Governor Rick Snyder wants to lead the Nation in infrastructure planning/execution

He wants all the assets to be in a database, rely on technology to FIX the problem.

The problem IS the government itself – here take a look at this complete bullshit !

Does this inspire confidence in anyone – that anything will get done – c’mon now ?



Flood Watch March 30, 2017

The Clinton River approaches floodstage at 5:30pm in Clinton Township Macomb County on March 30, 2017. Notice the speed and intensity it rises on the graph below

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
1141 AM EDT Thu Mar 30 2017


The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a

* Flood Watch for a portion of southeast Michigan, including the
  following areas, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland,
  Washtenaw, and Wayne.

* Through Friday morning

* Rainfall totals this morning have averaged between half an inch
  to one inch across the Detroit Metro Area.


ClintonRiver _5pm_03_30_2017

State Oversight for Flooding ?

It’s fairly obvious few ordinary residents have a clue how much StormWater/Sewage crosses over the DEQUINDRE borderline, between Oakland and Macomb counties. I’ll even go so far as most local City Council members and elected officials are also unaware.

Time for State Oversight – crushing an outdated failed inter-county drain board ?????

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The United States Geological Survey – National Map – Viewer  –

That big open BARE SPOT on the map = the 12Towns Drain area from Oakland

GWK 12TownsDrain

The MDEQ certainly isn’t able to tell anyone the cumulative total of gallons that enters the City of Warren from OaklandCounty  – 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.

MDEQ Red Run Drain

When literally MILLIONs and on occasion BILLIONs of gallons of water enter the City of Warren via the Red Run Drain , the street drains become useless, ineffective, blocked !!

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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 ?

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It seems fairly obvious that the water inflow, crosses the county borderline, causing residents in Warren grief, pain, frustration, aggravation as the Red Run Drain rises. No wonder The City of Warren has a flooding problem for many, many decades now.

The Michigan Infrastructure Transportation Association’s (MITA) so-called analysis of storm water discharges needs to do a better job !  I doubt it could tell anyone the volume that passes by any house or business in Warren – for any given storm event.

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The picture below is during a dry spell – showing the depth and width Red Run

Stormwater  + (CSO)  has filled the channel, near the top, numerous times.

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Help me , help you

I started this endeavor quite a while ago and as you know, things change on the internet from time to time. Items get reorganized, various sites get bought and sold, and some things are just plain deleted , never to be seen again. From way back in July 2011, until now, I’ve published over 500 posts on WordPress.

On occasion I came across , sensitive information, that upon exposure to the public via my postings – suddenly disappeared – because “they” didn’t want you to know it.

IF you come across a Broken Link, something that gave you an error, PLEASE  type a quick comment alerting me to that fact. Comments can be created at the bottom of each post.


I’ve struggled over the years with various Picture Databases. Years ago I had tons of content on Webshots, then that went away and I went to Picasa and Panaramio. Now it seems Google Photos wants to own everything. If you come across a link, and it gives you an error, please let me know, so I can attempt to fix it. Some items might be tougher to fix than others,  but I’ll give it my best shot.

Error codes

WordPress has this other “feature” that is slightly annoying to me.  It allows me to see in the daily statistics,  that people attempted to search for something – but it doesn’t tell me exactly what-was-searched-for , grrrrr  !!

Unknown search terms

Please drop a comment at the end of a post you looked at – ASK ME about what you wanted information on. I’ll do my best to answer your questions, point you in the right direction, etc.

Government generally does NOT like people poking around the Water Infrastructure.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for water sector information coordination to insure a secure infrastructure.

This needs to change !  – When your Property Value is now impacted by outdated, archaic, poorly designed solutions, with little foresight to the future, it becomes vital to your family economics. As a resident, a citizen of the USA, you should know how and where your tax dollars are being spent, even if they are buried deep underground .

Your water and sewage rates involve topography, elevation, geography and oh yes politics; complete with idiotic gerrymandering, strong arm tactics, leverage, and mild extortion.

If someone lived on a mountain,  they would pay a higher fee for drinking water,  since it has to be mechanically pumped/pushed up the elevation.  A similar scenario exists for those living a very far distance away from the treatment facility. Do you truly know EXACTLY where your drinking water came from, are you definitively sure about it ? What about about your toilet flush, laundry tub drainage, kitchen disposal grinder , do you know the route it takes to the “treatment plant” and why you are charged accordingly  ? Are you charged for Rain, impervious flow, runoff from your roof, driveway, porch ?


Cost of dirty water

When Oakland County made a decision to tie 14 communities together for sewage concerns – it had a choice – to build a full blown complete Waste Water Treatment Plant – or not.

Well that didn’t happen, they just found a loophole, a bypass, a way to dodge the law. The 12TownsDrain as it became known, had a media spin with name change into GWK Basin.

Just recently the Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner’s Office held a technical meeting regarding the proportionate financial obligations for the use of the GWK Retention Treatment Basin (based underground in Madison Heights, Michigan).

At one time, the cost structure was predicted, to have these approximate rates :

$ 50 Million dollars per Year = roughly $25 million STORM + $25 Million SEWAGE




Ask residents who live on the Clinton River in SouthEast Michigan about its’ cleanliness, its’ wonderfulness, – AFTER a major rainfall – when combined sewer overflows occur.  Ask those MACOMB County residents at the other end of the river, about their seawalls/docks.

Perhaps their property values matter  !  Perhaps their health and recreation matter  ! Where is the retribution for these families who deal with flooding and sewage issues ?

Maybe Oakland County, should now take ALL that money they saved the past 50 years, and actually build themselves a true Waste Water Treatment Plant — that only outputs clean water, after every rainfall/snowstorm/thunderstorm. 

CSO Overflow

The GWK Basin is merely a spray and pray , treatment facility. A 2 inch by 2inch WIDE screen “”supposedly”” catch the feces, they spray some bleach, and they pray the rain stops quickly.


The Southeastern Oakland County Sewage Disposal Authority
(also referred to as the Twelve Towns Drain District) was established in 1942
to address flooding problems in this region. The Twelve Towns Drain
District includes the cities of Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale,
Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge,
Royal Oak, Southfield, Troy, Royal Oak Township and the Village of Beverly Hills.

In 1972, the Twelve Towns Drain District completed construction of a Retention Treatment Facility (RTF), a 20 foot high by 65 foot wide structure in the bed of the former Red Run Drain. This RTF runs 2.2 miles from Twelve Mile and Stephenson Highway in a northeastern direction to Dequindre Road south of Whitcomb where it empties into the Red Run Drain.

During rain events, the RTF receives a combination of storm and sanitary flows from the 14 communities that make up the District. The RTF captures this storm water and sanitary sewage and drains gradually into the Dequindre Sewer Interceptor where flows travel south to the Detroit Water and Sewage Board Treatment Plant. In heavy storms the basin overflows into the Red Run Drain, in Warren


Calling out Macomb PUBLIC Works

I have a bone to pick with the Macomb Public Works office.

Apparently the City of Warren just doesn’t appear on their maps  !

How does one miss a 150 foot wide and 30 foot deep OPEN CHANNEL

Is this suddenly invisible to everyone ?  Please don’t think we are stupid .

“””shows only open watercourses that were visible from aerial flight in 2000.””

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Looking back at 2016

The metropolitan Detroit area has several Retention Treatment Basins (RTBs) around SouthEast Michigan that release “treated” flow into rivers and lakes.

For 2016 alone, the grand total, is 16 Billion gallons – from the RTBs.


As we all know, rainstorms are dynamic, ever changing, un-predictable natural events.

It can rain like hell in one city, a deluge, a torrent, a monstrous amount, while leaving adjacent, nearby cities and communities barely touched, almost dry, just sprinkled.

The operators at the Retention Basin facilities work diligently around the clock, and some rain events last hours;  while others stretch into several days of relentless rainfall. The workers are in a repetitive cycle, based primarily on gravity fed drains, of filling the basin, treating the flow, discharging flow, de-watering the basin, and cleaning the basin.

Very hard long thunderstorm events push the basin systems until it becomes almost free flow, minimal screening, minimal “treat/spray” with extreme quick hold/turnaround period – because the VOLUME of stormwater runoff is just too large.

I’ll leave it up to your imagination of what toilet sewage – gets captured – as it flows thru a 2 inch  x  2 inch  square screen mesh  – for the “”treatment”” in a retention basin.


Interested in reading the Official Report – prepared by the GLWA – all nice and polished

I encourage people to read. PLEASE ask questions, educate yourself, protect your homes and family. Personally I found it outrageous that folks have waterfront property, complete with seawalls, docks for the boat; and still build a pool for their kids to splash around in. Paying a mortgage, insurance, and taxes for a piece of property where you CAN NOT jump off the seawall into the water and swim – is a sad situation.

Ask the folks on the other side of Dequindre Road, in OaklandCounty, how they would feel, if MacombCounty just plain SHUT THE DOOR on receiving any stormwater/sewage flow. They have acres upon acres of inter-connected waterways via Cass  Lake, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake, etc., etc. – with absolutely no Waste Water Treatment plants for their toilets.


GERRYMANDERING exists  – which area belongs to which politician ??????

Ask why there are no Waste Water Treatment Plants that release into those lakes  ?

Slowly you begin to see the political nonsense that impedes CLEAN WATER in MICHIGAN




Does it really make sense to you – for Oxford, Michigan – to send sewage – via the Interceptor drain system – ALL THE WAY to Detroit Michigan for processing ?

The same goes for West Bloomfield — really — its sewage goes thru Warren to Detroit ?

THIS is the Interceptor Sewage System of metropolitan Detroit – for OaklandCounty



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Flood Warning March 1

No way to sugarcoat this – We received a massive amount of rain in just a few hours


This gauge from the USGS is located where multiple tributaries merge

Garfield Road between 16 Mile and 17 Mile as it goes into the Clinton River


Justification of government

I came across an interesting quote recently :

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”

History has shown that cities formed to accommodate densely clustered high skilled labor pools that thrive on innovative ideas. Those cities had to invent new ways to house the flood of citizens seeking employment.  Proximity plays a crucial role. It has been shown face-to-face communications lead to higher trust between teams. Cities function via people running into each other at events, bars and gatherings.

People expect the taxes they pay, to go towards government for 2 items.  Protection from violence and Providing items individuals cannot create for themselves. Infrastructure in the past,  was done by private entrepreneurs, who created a railroad, a road, etc. and charged a toll. As projects grew larger,  necessary capital so huge, the government took over.


Government is the provider in the eyes of many citizens. Many might say,  government is to exist as an INVESTOR in its citizens. It should encourage a more active citizenship, be open and transparent,  share data, and believe in its citizens capabilities.


The quandary occurs where  – citizens can solve things more efficiently and effectively than government can provide for them. Should government invest in the cultivation of citizens capabilities, while provisioning resources and infrastructure to allow citizens, to succeed at scale  ?  People generally agree the discovery of new information is the best way to solve societies problems.

Should we transform government’s role –  to be about directly investing in citizens,  – funding them to become as entrepreneurial, civic, and healthy as possible  ?

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Erie Hack

The Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition that unites coders, developers, engineers, and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges.


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Funding Beach Testing Ecoli

MDEQ is determined to get a handle on E.coli methodology

quantitative polymerase chain reaction  QPCR – gives results in 4 hours

One of the catches – THE MONEY – $ dollars – funding – expenditures

Issue of CSO release – combined sewer overflow – needs to be addressed


24 hour DNA-specific Ecoli test

Neogen is a Michigan company based in Lansing that has a trademarked

NeoSeek™ STEC Confirmation

next day 24 hour DNA specific Ecoli test for seven pathogenic Shiga Toxin-producing

Ecoli  Strains (STECs) –  O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, O145, and O157.

Neogen website at  and phone  517/372-9200 or 800/234-5333.


They develop a genetic profile for bacteria in a FOOD sample,  compare it to known reference E.coli strains and then identify strains present.

CAN this method be used for Beach Testing, River Water, Lake Water, etc. – honestly I don’t have those answers, yet.  The answers to this question will be pursued. Knowing if the feces is of Human origin or from feral Cats/Dogs, Waterfowl, etc. is crucial to pin pointing the source of contamination. Is it upstream/downstream from point A, B, C   ?



Snow Board winter weather

How is snow measured by winter meteorologists around the country, including Michigan ? The use of a pre-constructed Snow Board of course ! The only way to get real snow event measurements  uses a raised platform, providing a hard surface, to put a ruler upon.

It is usually just a piece of plywood about ( 16 inch X 16 inch ) and painted white.  A dark-colored surface like a parking lot or driveway absorbs heat, and melts newly fallen snow. Taking a measurement in your yard will yield bad results,  as pockets of air at the bottom blades of grass, give erroneous high snowfall amounts.  


Being an official snowfall spotter is serious business, as the results are sent to the news media, and drive tourism for winter sports. The proper measurements are also used for disaster relief  funding when it becomes treacherous outside.

Where to put your snowboard is also a critical decision. You want a place that is convenient to get to. Ideally a spot that has an open 45 degree  angle to the sky from all directions. An open field is bad, as high winds will scrape fresh snowfall away. An area among houses and trees, providing some buffer is preferable. You may have to shovel a path, so think ahead.

There are rules to be followed, timing of measurements matters a great deal. Official daily snow observations are rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch and are reported at 7 am ; but measuring newly accumulated snow at this time may not necessarily represent an accurate total. For instance, if snow stopped at 3 pm and an observer waits until 7 am the following day to measure, the snow has time to settle, melt and drift.

When multiple snow events occur over a 24 hour period, the observer reports the overall maximum snowfall that accumulated on the snowboard during that time frame and waits until the 7 am observation to clear off the snowboard.



Push for more ecoli testing

I have written about ecoli and taxes in the past as well as sharing various media articles on ecoli and pollution  . It is, without a doubt, an ongoing issue plaguing South East Michigan.

I hope to see a renewed effort along the Red Run, catching those leaking old SEPTIC systems , nonpoint illegal hookups, and more focus on just plain  “rain in the drain”.

Ordinary everyday residents need to speak up, call, report anything that looks suspicious leaking, flowing, oozing from any facility, be it a church, a business, a home, someone’s backyard, some drain pipe, – whatever – notify the authorities to make it right.

Ecoli Issues Michigan.pngHopefully the new tools, media attention, and new Public Works administration in Macomb will crack down on neighbors who continue to have combined sewer overflows fouling the Clinton River and Lake St Clair. It is 2017, a continual evolution for forward progress needs to occur. The 12TownsDrain aka GWK Basin was originally built in 1972.


Psychology and Toilets

There are times when government should mandate items for the greater good of general society.  The USA officials should force the sale of only higher efficient toilets and take everything else off the market. People will not arbitrarily make the choice on their own.

Johnny Cash – Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart –


Government could subsidize the cost, similar to the efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.  In addition, the use of subtle psychological pressure marketing techniques would work nicely.  ” The entire neighborhood installed the high-efficiency toilets and they are saving money, why haven’t you switched ? ”

For the record – I am not a country music fan – it just seemed so highly appropriate


The Warren Connection OMID 2017

January 2017 is just about over and The City of Warren “still” struggles with an ongoing issue dating way back to 2013 – over 4 year ago – concerning stormwater connection to OMID.  Anyone who views the INTERCEPTOR system architecture can clearly see it flows through Warren on its way to Detroit’s large Waste Water Treatment Plant.

It is time for serious diplomatic resolution of flooding issues affecting Warren, one of Michigan’s largest cities, and evolve forward for the greater good of SouthEast Michigan. There should be ZERO punitive fees, no massive installation charge, for a simple hookup into an INTERCEPTOR pipeline that has already existed since the 1970’s. Warren residents should NOT be financially punished for what occurred in the past, since there was no flow. A fair, reasonable usage fee, based on Wet Weather stormwater volume now, is justified.



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Ordinary homeowners, residents and their families should share the cost of infrastructure, along with the Industrial Giants who use vast amounts resources in SouthEast Michigan. Infrastructure improvement benefits everyone, as industry also suffers losses when workers cannot commute to the work site due to flooding of highways, freeways and streets . Numerous examples like this exist as reminders:


Sewer definitions

I notice many people looking for information on my blog.  All sorts of wording, spellings, comingling, etc. occur since most ordinary people don’t know diddly about infrastructure. I didn’t know either, but I took the time to learn a little bit.

The situation in Fraser Michigan involves an INTERCEPTOR sewer drain deep underground, and the diameter is literally large enough to walk through. It was designed to collect sewage from entire neighborhoods/cities and direct the flow into a WWTP.  The Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) is in Detroit (far away).

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This INTERCEPTOR sewage system (shown above) – is very, very, different from the miles of open to the sky, (i.e. open channel shown below) stormdrains occurring all over in Macomb County. The Red Run is used by Oakland County and the City of Warren when its systems becomes overwhelmed by stormwater .

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Digitizing Infrastructure

Of the 20,000 incorporated cities and over 3,000 counties in the USA , only a fraction can share data via open data portals. Sharing data universally among local governments has a long way to go.  There are many infrastructure items involving Inter-County connections. Who would look for Macomb geographically based items on an Oakland County website ?

With the Red Run Drain being an Open Channel StormWater entity in Warren, who would think to look into Oakland County computer/internet resources for information ? This exact issue causes confusion when folks seek out true stormwater and sewage info in local government. Residents lives, economic welfare, and health are affected by combined sewer overflows. Michigan needs to push hard now to eliminate CSO and SSO events.

As 2017 starts off , there needs to be a Michigan mandate for the adoption of digital technologies in infrastructure contracts, figuring in the cost of digitization and technology when setting project budgets.

The construction industry has had a poor productivity record due to its reliance on paper. The processes and deliverables such as blueprints, design drawings, supply chain orders, etc. suffered a gap in transparent information sharing.


“The digital-collaboration and mobility-solutions segment has attracted close to 60 percent of all venture funding in the construction-technology sector. One start-up has developed apps for tablets and smartphones that allow changes in construction blueprints and plans to be relayed in real time to on-site crews; site photos can be hyperlinked to construction plans. This solution maintains a master set of documents with automatic version control and cloud-based access.”  –

A new mindset is needed. Everyone from the Project Owner to the Contractor needs to see past the bare minimum required for contractual obligations.  There is a need for a Technology Officer whose mandate involves a digital agenda, forcing a digitization evolution forward in Michigan counties.

Animals on StormWater Drains ?

The Red Run Drain in Warren flows into the Clinton River and on out to Lake St Clair. An easement for vehicles exists, enabling access for Fire Trucks to put out brush fires along with various forms of heavy earth moving equipment from time to time.

Since much of Warren , Sterling Heights and other cities nearby is heavily populated, having different types of farm animals near people is a contentious issue.


I have to wonder how much ENFORCEMENT actually occurs from inspectors opening gates, peering over fences, and investigating reports of citizens actually raising animals. Perhaps a video drone could fly over property without the need to ring doorbells, open gates , to enhance enforcement of local ordinances ?

Many local ordinances basically say the exact same thing – raising and keeping animals for consumption of some kind, is restricted near public places , like stores & dwellings.

It is literally a slippery slope from eggs, to milk, to slaughter for meat, and giving, bartering, selling items for profit, without inspection, regulation, taxation.  A skinned rabbit carcass without furry paws intact, “can” easily look like “other” animals. There is a term easily researched via Google known as “”roof rabbit””.

It gets interesting with the Michigan Agriculture Commission involvement.

The State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has people sitting on the inter-county DRAIN boards like Michael R. Gregg and Jamie Clover Adams.


Many people have property which is along the stormwater drain and some feel their backyard is beyond reproach from anyone walking along the public easement. The easement is on the Macomb County Master Plan for recreational use. It would be a welcome addition to enhance non-motorized transportation in Macomb County.

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Protect ourselves ? Okay

I came across a surprising blog post from the EPA  over the holidays.

The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America

Apparently it is time for Citizen Science to bootstrap itself into relevancy.

The report is available here:












As 2016 ends

Sincere  heartfelt THANKS to all those that read the posts, clicked on the links, shared info with family, neighbors and friends. Please push for more transparency in government, especially when it involves tax dollars. There is no free money , from anywhere, not the feds, the state or the county or your local city  !

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