The biggest problem with combined systems is that during rainfall events the water flow often exceeds the systems capacity.
Nestle has again applied to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to increase the amount of water it is allowed to pump from wells near Evart, MI from 218 gallons per minute to 400 gallons per minute.
There are currently many threats to our water here in Michigan. Most of these threats have been looming for years, but action on them has been pushed off, as our legislature procrastinates and ignores the problems instead of taking the hard steps that action requires.
While E. coli is commonly talked about in reference to combined sewer overflows and large-scale agricultural operations, there is another major source of E. coli in our water that every state in the country other than Michigan have worked to eliminate — leaking and failing septic systems.
LANSING – Clean air and water advocates today applauded a settlement agreement announced by the Sierra Club requiring the Lansing Board of Water & Light to shut down the Erickson coal-fired generating station by 2025 for violating the Federal Clean Air Act.