Drum roll, please. As you know, working to protect and restore our precious waters— lakes, rivers, wetlands, shorelines, and drinking water is HARD work. But it is also very rewarding. This regular feature in our newsletter is aimed to celebrate our achievements—small and large. Congratulations to the following groups for their achievement:
Friends of the Jordan River Watershed (East Jordan, Michigan) launched a successful campaign to educate its members and nearby communities about the potential environmental and health risks from proposed biomass plants in Traverse City and Mancelona and called for a state wide moratorium for all new biomass incinerators.. Citizens in the area voiced their concerns to the power company in several hearings. In June, the power company put on hold the plans to build the Traverse City biomass project.
Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association (Maumee, Ohio) recently completed an economic study that calculated that a coal plant costs Ohio $29.7 million every year in economic damage by destroying fish populations that would otherwise be used by Ohioans for recreation or commercial sale. The Ohio EPA is reviewing the plant’s fish kill permit. Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association is recommending the installation of cooling towers at the plant, which would reduce fish kills by 95 percent.
Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance (Saugatuck, Michigan) In May 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Saugatuck Dunes one of 11 most endangered historic places. Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance is working to uphold local zoning that prohibits a proposed development on 300-acres that would include a 70-slip marina, hotel, restaurant and high density residential development. Receiving the listing from the National Trust, has brought recognition to the need to protect the valuable dunes that contain the ghost town of Singapore, a former port and lumber town that lies buried beneath the dunes.