Here we go again! Your article June 19 entitled “Memorial Beach is closed by bacteria” is news, but is it really NEW? The problem associated with the intrusion of E. coli bacteria into our waterways is really old news. The news is that a solution to the problem of raw sewage polluting our waterways was approved by voters last year, but the solution has not yet been implemented.
The governor needs to issue the sewer bonds that the electorate overwhelmingly approved last November. In our opinion, these bonds represent an economic stimulus for our state and also represent a mandate of the voters.
Those who are elected to public office are charged with protecting the public's safety. They also have the sometimes unfortunate responsibility of letting the public know the truth, and the truth is that every day we continue to pollute our state's lakes and waterways with untreated sewage and industrial waste. The other unavoidable truth is that the sewer bonds approved by voters last year need to be issued in order to fix the problem. Updated or new sewers and enhanced treatment are the only methods that will allow Michigan to save our state's heritage: the Great Lakes.
Michigan has taken great strides in an effort to reduce water pollution, but much more is needed and fast. It's time to issue the sewer bonds.
Bob Patzer Executive Director AUC – Michigan’s Heavy Construction Association