Modernizing Michigan’s Sewer System: A Collaborative Effort

May 13

Modernizing Michigan’s Sewer System: A Collaborative Effort

There are over 1.2 million onsite waste water treatment (septic) system in Michigan. That’s approximately 43 percent of all Michigan residents with onsite septic systems. Many of these systems were installed in the 1950’s and 1960’s or earlier. The effluent (liquid waste) would leave the tank and go to the drain field to be dispersed through a series of...

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A Michigan City’s Agenda to Deter Overflow

Apr 22

A Michigan City’s Agenda to Deter Overflow

The city of St. Joseph has made progress in reducing overflow, but there is more work to be done. With sustained and heavy rain, storm water can rush into the combined sewer lines, eventually sending waste and other pollutants into St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan. This condition can generate health hazards, as well as, necessitating the closures of area beaches....

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Phosphorus Control and the Lake Erie Basin

Jan 29

Phosphorus Control and the Lake Erie Basin

Michigan has been proactive in the pursuit of total phosphorus reductions since Lake Erie was first declared void of living organisms in the 1960’s. The Detroit Water and Sewer Department is by far the largest point source discharge to Lake Erie. The reductions in this discharge were the main reason the Lake Erie ecosystem has seen many water quality problems over...

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