Causeway water level
down, but only for a few weeks Robert
C. Burns The Muskegon Chronicle
conditions are a fact of life around here lately, but
nowhere does the water appear to be lower than along Veterans
The strip of land between
Muskegon and North Muskegon that was once dubbed "Michigan's
Most Beautiful Mile" is showing several feet of muddy
But that has nothing
to do with the water level of Lake Michigan and its tributaries.
It's like that for a reason.
According to Ric Scott,
who oversees city parks as head of the Department of Leisure
Services, the city recently pumped the Causeway lagoon
to its current level at the request of Consumers Energy
Consumers asked the
city to lower the lagoon level so that it could install
underground piping to connect the utility's former fly
ash dump site to settling ponds just north of the B.C.
Cobb generating plant.
The movement of water
from one side of the Causeway to the other is in conjunction
with ongoing pollution abatement and closure of the former
fly ash site.
As explained by Consumers
spokesman Roger Morgenstern, the utility is attempting
to "dewater" and then excavate the 60-acre site prior
to laying down an impermeable plastic liner.
The Consumers site cleanup
will be accomplished in stages -- one 10-acre "cell" at
Morgenstern said the
3-inch plastic pipe should be in place within two weeks,
after which the city will bring the Causeway pond back
to its normal level.
A similar water level
reduction occurred a year or so ago when Consumers removed
an old sulfur line extending to the former Zephyr refinery
to the northeast.
Morgenstern said crews
will be installing the dewatering line through the existing
tunnel to minimize disruption of vehicle traffic along
The city has completed
agreements for possible use of the Consumers remediation
site as an outdoor sports complex, once the cleanup work
on the fly ash disposal site is finished.
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