Review concludes Michigan’s Dam Safety Unit is understaffed, constrained by time and budget
LANSING, Mich. – The Association of State Dam Safety Officials' (ASDSO) review of Michigan’s Dam Safety Unit was presented at a meeting of the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force. READ: Michigan department publishes dam failure reportIt concluded that Michigan’s program is understaffed and constrained by limited time, resources and budget. Officials said Michigan’s investments in dam safety have been lacking for decades, which increases the risk to public safety and the environment. Currently, Michigan’s program has two dam safety engineers and one supervisor with a third dam safety engineer to be hired soon. In the Fiscal Year 2021 there is funding for hiring two more dam safety engineers.
Gov. Whitmer announces $500M ‘MI Clean Water’ investment to rebuild Michigan’s water infrastructure
LANSING, Mich. – A $500 million water infrastructure investment in Michigan’s water systems was announced on Thursday called the MI Clean Water plan. “The MI Clean Water Plan is a critical part of the solution, but the work cannot stop here. Everyone must remain committed to ensuring that every Michigander has access to clean water,” Michigan Gov. READ: Groups call on attorney general to stop Nestle from taking Michigan water for huge profitThe MI Clean Water investment aims to provide direct investments for communities to provide safe, clean water to residents. “Access to clean drinking water is a cornerstone of our work at EGLE, and this exciting package of water protections pulls together a wealth of resources to help ensure clean water for all Michiganders,” said EGLE Director Liesl Clark.
Michigan environmental group urging Midland area residents to follow its guidelines for managing debris
From addressing immediate hazards to exploring disposal options, EGLE urges residents to follow guidelines set by the state. Itemize items on property, with special attention to hazardous materials such as paint, motor oil and solvents. For a list of common types of household hazardous waste and local household hazardous waste collection contacts, visit Michigan.gov/EGLEHHWUse caution when walking through standing water or large debris piles to avoid hidden hazards, such as nails and other sharp objects. For questions about emergency disposal permits, contact the MMD Solid Waste Section at 517-284-6588. For EGLE guidance on storm debris, visit: michigan.gov/documents/egle/egle-tou-mmd-ManagingStormDebris_688194_7.pdfAdditional resources:PREVIOUS COVERAGE: