MGSSBF February: How High-Water Levels May Impact Local Business and Sustainability

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2/20/20 11:30 am EST
Wightman
2303 Pipestone Rd.
Benton Harbor, MI
United States
Contact: Rose Spickler
"Already conspicuous for its contribution to erosion on local beachfront properties, high-water levels are emerging as a signature issue for western Michigan, with potentially significant impacts for both lakeshore and inland communities. These high-water elevations are already affecting discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants and industrial discharges, and could also affect sewer lines and stormwater best management practices, as well as public and private infrastructure throughout the region. There are now documented cases of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit violations caused by existing water levels. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that that levels will increase by a foot or more in the next year. Our featured speaker is Jerrod Sanders, Assistant Director, Water Resources Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, a leader of the EGLE Water Division high water response team currently examining the potential impact of high-water levels on local business and communities. He will present on the current status of Great Lakes Water Levels, the reason why this is happening, and what EGLE is doing about it. His talk will address issues outside of shoreline erosion that people should be concerned about, and the ongoing efforts to address those. Additional speakers will be announced shortly."