Michigan wisely helps county fight
DEQ provides needed support effort against illegal discharge
The Times Herald
Even when times are hard and state dollars are difficult
to find, there are some commitments that must be met.
The quality of our water is one of them, and state officials
didn't let us down.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality gave
St. Clair County more than $750,000 to protect our waterways
from pollution. The grant represents public dollars well
The county's Illicit Discharge Elimination Program is
a vital weapon in the fight against water pollution. Part
of a larger DEQ campaign against illegal sewage and other
discharge pipes, the county effort is identifying these
non-point sources of contamination and correcting them.
The vigilance is critical. Broken or unconnected water
pipes have become the principal threat to clean water.
The sewage and other pollutants they discharge pose a
direct threat to our water system. Fred Fuller, the county
drain commissioner, linked these pollution sources to
beach closings that result from contaminated water.
The drain walkers, the program's workers, are on an important
mission. They have finished inspecting the Anchor Bay
watershed that covers the county's southern half. Now,
they are reviewing the Pine River subwatershed.
State grants funded that effort. The new financial support
will enable the inspections to cover three more of the
county's eight watersheds.
If water is Michigan's most important natural resource,
that goes double for St. Clair County. Lake Huron and
our wealth of rivers and streams is a legacy that cannot
The Illicit Discharge Elimination Program is an essential
commitment to protecting the quality of our water. DEQ
officials clearly recognize this. The grants they approved
mean this essential work will go on.