GRFIA DUMPING UPDATE!
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued the Gerald R Ford International Airport a modified National Polution Discharge Elimination System permit on August 2nd. The news was disappointing since the MDEQ basically approved everything that the airport was requesting. On the bright side, some monitoring requirements were added. On August 9 the MDEQ finally issued their response to public comments made as part of the review process. The MDEQ created a new section on their website for all information related to the GRFIA permit. MDEQ-GRFIA The MDEQ posted their official responses to citizen questions here. Only a subset of questions received responses. For example, none of the questions about "What will be in the discharge water?" were addressed. The MDEQ appears to be laser focused on CBOD as the only characteristic of the discharge water that matters.
The latest plan from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for processing the water entering the Thornapple River is contained in this presentation from the June 13 NPDES Permit Public Meeting. GRFIA6/13/2013 The MDEQ presentation from the same meeting is also available. MDEQ6/13/2013
A YouTube video is available to help explain the key issues concerning the impact of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on the water entering the Thornapple River. click here
To see our full page devoted to Airport issues click here Be sure to read about the latest developments.
Mission. The purpose of this organization is to protect and perpetuate the natural resources in and around the Thornapple River, Kent County, Michigan from the Cascade Dam south to the Alaska Bridge (68th Street). This organization shall also inform and educate riverside residents of their obligations to protect the environmental integrity of the river and encourage safe and responsible operation of watercraft. This organization shall also provide a single entity for riverside residents to deal with commercial businesses and governmental agencies in order to accomplish the purposes of this organization. This organization shall also engage in other activities to improve property values and enhance the experience of riverside living.
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