Great Lakes Environmental Directory Great Lakes Great Lakes environment Great Lakes grants exotic species water pollution water export drilling environment Great Lakes pollution Superior Michigan Huron Erie Ontario ecology Great Lakes issues wetlands Great Lakes wetlands Great Lakes Great Lakes environment Great Lakes watershed water quality exotic species Great Lakes grants water pollution water export oil gas drilling environment environmental Great Lakes pollution Lake Superior Lake Michigan Lake Huron Lake Erie Lake Ontario Great Lakes ecology Great Lakes issues Great Lakes wetlands Great Lakes Resources Great Lakes activist Great Lakes environmental organizations Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat air pollution alien species threatened rare endangered species ecological Great Lakes information Success Stories Great Lakes Directory Home/News Great Lakes Calendar Great Lakes jobs/volunteering Search Great Lakes Organizations Take Action! Contact Us Resources/Links Great Lakes Issues Great Lakes News Article About Us Networking Services

Great Lakes Article:

More drain tests sought
Water dumped into lake needs checking, county official says
By Gene Schabath / The Detroit News

   HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- If leaders from five communities along Lake St. Clair decide to adopt a coastal zone management plan, Doug Martz hopes one issue they tackle is clean water.
   Martz, chairman of the Macomb Water Quality Board, hopes the communities urge extensive testing of the 20 drains that dump storm water into Lake St. Clair, canals and other waterways.
   "Who knows what is coming from these drains," Martz said.
   Pollution abatement is one of the topics the coastal zone program will address, organizers say.
   Thomas Kalkofen, director of the Macomb County Health Department, said Martz' suggestion has merit.
   "We might look for some Clean Michigan Initiative funding, or maybe we can address it through our illicit discharge program," he said.
   The Clean Michigan Initiative is a $675 million state plan whose objectives include environmental cleanup, water protection, state and local park improvements, and pollution prevention.
   Under the illicit discharge project, the Macomb health department has been testing for E. coli bacteria in county drains to track down and correct improper sewer connections.
   Kalkofen said the health department conducted a comprehensive testing program two years ago of the 20 drain outfalls into Lake St. Clair, but the testing only was for E. coli bacteria.
   High levels of E. coli bacteria can cause skin rashes, intestinal problems and diarrhea in humans. Bacteria levels have forced dozens of beach closings along Lake St. Clair over the past several years.

This information is posted for nonprofit educational purposes, in accordance with U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 1,Sec. 107 copyright laws.
For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for
purposes of your own that go beyond "fair use," you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Great Lakes environmental information

Return to Great Lakes Directory Home/ Site Map