So, the Environmental Protection Agency is willing to write a $2 million check to Michigan ostensibly to install protections that will notify our citizens that our water is polluted. That move is akin to the road chiefs installing a sign saying, "bump ahead." Why don't they just fix the "bump?"
The recent reports, one from Clean Water Michigan and the other from SEMCOG, peg the states water pollution abatement costs at somewhere around $30 billion dollars. Yet, the federal appropriations to implement the Clean Water Act have steadily declined since 1979. Current national funding for sewer projects is about $1.2 billion a year!
The Citizens of Michigan should be outraged that those in charge of solving and funding our pollution problems are applying band-aids to a problem that requires major surgery.
Bob Patzer Executive Director AUC, Michigan's Heavy Construction Association