Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee’

Water

Living where we do next to Lake Michigan we take Water for granted. So much so close. The amount of the water is 1,180 cu mi (4,900 km3)
Gallons. That’s a lot of Water.
So of course when say the City of Milwaukee dumps well here a story:

“Some of the debris that washed up on Michigan beaches in 2008 and 2010 likely came from Milwaukee sewer overflows, federal investigators concluded in documents released Monday by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes.

A 2011 U.S. Coast Guard summary of the investigations identifies combined sewer overflows in June 2008 and July 2010 as a “logical suspect” in releasing debris to the lake that later washed ashore in Michigan, the Alliance says in a statement on its website, http://www.greatlakes.org.

Though plastic trash from a large recycling company located between Chicago and Milwaukee was identified as the source of some debris in the summer of 2008, the investigation revealed that some trash linked to Milwaukee area retail businesses and residences was found on Michigan beaches after both overflows, according to Lyman Welch, Alliance water quality program manager in Chicago.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration analysis of lake tides, currents and winds after both overflows concluded the debris might have come from Milwaukee at around the time of the overflows, according to investigation documents.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District reported two sewer overflow records in June 2008 after several days of heavy rains.

An estimated 2.9 billion gallons of untreated sewage and storm water flowed to the lake over nine days – June 7 to 15 – in the largest combined sanitary and storm sewer overflow since the deep tunnel system opened in 1994.

The district’s separate sanitary sewers released 686 million gallons of untreated sewage and storm water to the lake during overflows from June 7 to 9, 2008.

Torrential rains were blamed in a July 22 to 25, 2010, combined sewer overflow of 1.985 billion gallons and a separate sewer overflow of 171 million gallons.

The Alliance acknowledged that MMSD’s state permit allows up to six combined sewer overflows in a year.

“The current standard for combined sewer overflows is too loose and should be tightened,” Welch said.

MMSD officials will not comment on the report until they have reviewed the findings with Coast Guard officials, spokesman Bill Graffin said Monday.

District officials will ask federal investigators why Chicago’s much larger July 2010 sewer overflows to the lake – an estimated 6.5 billion gallons – was not identified as a possible source of beach debris that summer, Graffin said.

The district reported one combined sewer overflow in 2011: an estimated 170.5 million gallons on June 21 and 22.”

Wow, Almost 7 Billion Gallons of sewage and I do not recall an outcry, do you? Of course not.Mayor Tom Barrett can do no wrong right?
Yet he and another “Green” as they like to call themself’s Mayor John Dickert would love to sell Lake Michigan Water to well right now to Waukesha might in time we see maybe water being sold to oh Phoenix or say Vegas? Before you think I’m nuts The needs of LA for Water is so great that well the Colorado is used to fill the City needs oh and here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Aqueduct
What else might be going on with the Water? Will we be the last generation to have clean Water from the Lake?

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Water to Waukesha/ Chinatown comes to Wisconsin?

So the local Racine paper today 5/3/12 comes out in an editorial and said that we should be all about selling Lake Michigan water to Waukesha claiming the job thing as in all kinds of jobs would be coming and of course the cash the City/County would make selling the Water is needed for the City as Racine is well busted and quickly going to Hell. Unless something is found as a game changer we are truly fucked.
Should we jump in bed with Waukesha for some cash not knowing what may happen?
Lots of questions few answers.

Thank God as I understand it there is a lot to do before the selling happens some of the steps are:

Every State on the Great Lakes has to say Yes

As does Canada

Will that happen without some group suing to stop this? I think not.

Do we trust the City of Racine to in fact inform us on what is going on?

With this much money and the power that some group or groups may receive from this will we see a remake of Chinatown? What can we do to FORCE transparency to this? Because if its not transparent we will never know what is going on I believe.

By the forming of the Root River Council has an effort been made to Co-op groups/folks who may have put up a fight? After all if I understand the EPA Grants right the RRC will have some cash to play with. “See this shiny money”….

What will boaters outside the area think if they believe that Lake Michigan may be getting IMHO Raw Sewage as may be the case with this deal. Do we trust Waukesha to do the right thing. Can anyone be truly trusted when 10’s of Millions if not more are on the line?
Do we trust Waukesha? After all Milwaukee has dumped I think over 1 Billion gallons of Raw Sewage into Lake Michigan and no one looks too upset. Why should Waukesha not make a “mistake” that would cause more Sewage into the Lake or the Root River?

Interesting too is the word on the street that is saying that the Editorial in today’s paper was written by a P.R. firm under the direction of Racine City Hall. Might that be true?

Now I believe in the Root River as a great opportunity for the City but I sure have my fears about selling the Water. There is no need to hurry. Lets be very careful. there is the chance of so much easy money but is it worth our soul?

Science Project

I think it be real cool to sample the water at say three points on the River and the Harbor, say on a weekly bases for microbes. Then compare the numbers and types to when Milwaukee dumps a few million Gallons of raw sewage into the Lake like The Green Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barret likes to do.

Will the numbers and types of bugs go up here from that? How long does the dumping take to effect the water here?

To make it more interesting for the kids I have them build a R/C craft they could

drive on the River and Lake to do the sampling, I thing it be a cool fun way to get kids interested in how sewage dumping effects the whole Watershed.

IMHO the more we can do to keep youth connected to the Root River the better