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Grand Rapids Dumps Raw Sewage Into Lake Michigan

 
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Grand Rapids Dumps Raw Sewage Into Lake Michigan
This has been going on for years and they get away with it
every time while they build their palaces!!!




Sewage waste flowing in Grand River






(Update, Kent County, October 12, 2004, 5:20 p.m.) One million gallons of raw sewage were accidentally released into the Grand River and state environmental officials want to know why.

County officials say the answers are simple: the system failed, but they didn't know just how serious that failure was until days later.

Kent County health officials have lifted their no contact advisory along the river as water quality tests indicated no unacceptable levels of bacteria in the water. The warning remains in effect in Ottawa County.

Word that a million gallons of raw sewage was accidentally dumped into the river last week was of little concern to the usual crowd that gathered for the salmon run near the 6th Street dam.

But the overflow has caused concern among state Department of Environmental Quality inspectors. While sewage overflows aren't uncommon in the Grand River, most cases involve diluted sewage forced into the river by heavy rain.

This case is different. "It is a fairly serious size and it is raw sewage which makes it more significant," said Chris Veldkamp of the DEQ.

The overflow was discovered Saturday at a sewage pumping station in Plainfield Township in Kent County. The pump and the back-up both failed. County officials didn't notify the public or anybody else that needed to know until Monday.

"We are looking at the time it happened and the notification that was made," added Veldkamp.

Under state law, the county was supposed to make those notifications within 24 hours of the spill.

But county officials say they couldn't put out the word any earlier because they didn't know the sewage had made it into the river.

County officials say there was nothing to indicate the pump failure had been severe enough to back sewage into the river when the problem was discovered Saturday. Two days later, they decided to double check.

"On Monday, we determined there was a manhole on the other side of the river that came off. We figured we'd lost approximately one million gallon into the river," said Norm VanDeRoer of the Kent County Department of Public Works.

Officials with the DEQ say those details will be sorted out as part of their investigation. But it doesn't appear the overflow will give the salmon any reprieve.

"I love the sport too much. I'm not going to let a little sewage ruin our day," Mike Harvey, a fisherman, told 24 Hour News 8.

People who do come into contact with the Grand River should shower, and fish caught in the water should be cooked thoroughly before eaten.
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09/16/2008 02:31 AM
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Re: Grand Rapids Dumps Raw Sewage Into Lake Michigan
I am from Michigan originally. I am appalled at this. Matter of fact I moved just over a year ago from Big Rapids (an hour north of G.R.)....have people gone to government officials and the media?
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09/16/2008 02:32 AM
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OP, this report is from 2004. Grand Rapids has ALWAYS had trouble with this, lately they have cleaned up their act.

In the 80's there used to be tons of cars with bumper stickers that read "SHIT HAPPENS........when it rains in Grand Rapids".


How do I know? I was there.
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I don't care if you lick windows,take the special bus or occasionally pee on yourself...you hang in there sunshine, you're special.
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Our beaches have become a literal toilet and our fish are dying because of these bastards and I can't believe that this city can continually get away with this every time it rains.

Somebody is getting paid under the table!
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09/16/2008 02:34 AM
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Sorry,

Can't find an article that they dumped 7 million gallons into the lake this past week with the heavy rains and now we sit under E-Coli Warnings!
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09/16/2008 02:37 AM
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I have actually been considering moving back to Michigan, but wonder if they are going to have many issues such as flooding, earthquakes and what not.
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No body contact advisory in place for Grand River

Mon, Sep 15, 2008 to del.icio.us






The Ottawa County Health Department has been notified by the City of Grand Rapids of a combined sewage overflow consisting of at least 7.5 million gallons.

The health department is advising people to avoid body contact with the Grand River until further notice.

The water quality of the river becomes poor during sustained rain events like Saturday and Sunday, according to Adam London, the county's environmental health director.

During these rainfall events, surface contaminants such as animal waste and pollution are washed into the river. Contaminated sediment in the river can be agitated and suspended in the water. Sewage overflows should also be expected during heavy rainfall events.

This advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve and water samples demonstrate acceptable bacterial levels.

The health department also advises citizens to use caution when entering any surface water after a heavy rain. The rainfall impairs water quality of all ponds, lakes and streams. Flood conditions also create many physical hazards from strong currents and submerged debris.
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09/16/2008 02:47 AM
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I have actually been considering moving back to Michigan, but wonder if they are going to have many issues such as flooding, earthquakes and what not.
 Quoting: Winningjob



Michigan is a beautiful State!

Maybe you can assist in damning up the river and sending the shit back to Grand Rapids!

Promise you a beer if we can accomplish the matter!
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10/03/2008 06:46 PM
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Grand Rapids is a shithole ran by big round heads.

Detroit is a much better city.

THey don't dump in the Detroit River.

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