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The Detroit News

Thursday, April 17, 2003   (0 Comments)
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The 4/1/03 piece "Volunteers Help Make Lakes Glisten" outlines a plan by Governor Granholm to monitor and protect waterways in Michigan. While noble in purpose, this well-intentioned plan falls short of what's needed to offer protection to our greatest natural resource.

Monitor, yes – protect, doubtful at best. To spend time monitoring water quality or lack thereof is redundant. To a large extent we know what's polluting our water and why. Clearly, combined sewer overflows and failing septic systems are the main culprits.

In November of 2002 the electorate pointed the way to a pollution free Michigan by overwhelmingly approving Proposal 2 on the ballot. This initiative authorizes the state to invest in our future by issuing $100 million on clean water bonds each year for 10 years. The money would be used for pollution abatement construction projects to attack combined sewer overflows and other sources of water contamination.

While I applaud this voluntary effort, it falls short of making any substantive difference in our water quality. Our elected officials should listen to the voters and invest in future by issuing the clean water bonds.
Bob Patzer Executive Director AUC – Michigan's Heavy Construction

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