Water Goal 1 comments
| Jeremy H. ||TRANSPORTATION -- Would love to see a state public transportation network that is
affordable. A ridership pass that ties in to driver's license fees would
be wonderful -- similar to the new state parks pass. If an extra $100
fee upgraded a citizen's driver's license to a "commuter license" I
think adoption for business and entertainment would be increased.|| 11/19/2010|
| Gary Stock||WATER -- Water is the lifeblood -- Michigan's wetlands and watersheds ~provide~ the lifeblood.. wetlands deserve mention here.|
Michiganders (both private and corporate?) could "respect the lakes for
being spectacular," rather than "treat them as spectacular"?
Impacts from the lakes ~up~ to their sources, yes?
Fish consumption advisories must still exist, but should "no longer be necessary."
|Michelle Martinez||ENERGY -- Would like to see an equity statement in regards to energy.|
| Doug Welker
||WATER -- So far, so good. The idea of 2-, 10-, and 20 year milestones is
excellent. It gives us something concrete that we can ask legislators
and others if they support, and hold them accountable to if they change
change their minds. A 50-year goal alone would have been almost
| Marcy Colclough
||WATER -- Overall, the Water Vision is great.
was wondering what was meant by this statement? - "Communities have
revised master plans and make land use decisions with a focus on maximum
utilization of water resources."
| Grenetta Thomassey
||WATER -- To make such a vision possible, many things must happen, of course,
including robust restoration efforts on places like the AOCs. However,
even more basic than that is implementation of the Great Lakes Compact -
ESPECIALLY the water conservation requirements.
The Compact is
rooted in conservation. But – getting locals in the Great Lakes region
to deal with the need to conserve water is no small feat. People here
take water for granted, but it will be difficult for us to tell the rest
of the world that we can’t spare our water for them to use if, at the
same time, we are wasting it in our backyard.
The Great Lakes
family of states and provinces has been very focused on arguments
related to how the water is used. In my opinion, the real argument to
be made to the rest of the world is that our ecosystem can’t survive if
the water doesn’t stay here. Period.
If the focus was on how to
pressure in-basin users to respect and conserve the gift of water that
we are blessed to receive in this region, the rest of the world would
see a serious effort to keep the water here for reasons they could
understand and respect.
To me, the big battles about the
Compact should be on how each state designs their conservation programs,
and how agriculture and industry will use best management practices to
show the world they are serious about protecting the water they so
desperately need. Climate change alone gives us good reason to be
careful about the water that is here. Just as importantly, the cities
and citizens of the basin should also be proud to broadcast how they,
too, take the water seriously and are willing to conserve in every
| Mark Coscarelli
||WATER -- Congratulations MEC on the Michigan Vision! It is refreshing to see some
discussion and thought focused on Michigan's future beyond the next
election cycle! If Michigan's watersheds are the lifeblood of the Great
Lakes, then their tributaries are the arteries that nourish the lakes.
Michigan currenty has over 2,000 dams on rivers and creeks across the
state, many of them serving a public good, but so many are dilapidated
and no longer serve their original purpose. Michigan's Vision should
focus on the importance of reconnecting Great Lakes tributary access
with a goal to remove no fewer than half of these structures by the year
2060! Restored hydrology and connectivity will provide susbtantive
ecosytem and social benefits (e.g., sustainable fish populations,
| Sue Julian
|WATER -- Citizen Activism is Restored
In 2 years: Policies in the MDNRE encourage citizen protection of
their water resources and MEPA standing will be restored to all
Michigan citizens through Supreme Court action.
| Connie Julien
||I hope the 50 year draft vision includes support for Complete Streets,
making room for bicycles on Michigan streets; and also support for
public trails on all abandoned railways.
Water Goal 2 comments
| Chris Bedford
||The IN TEN YEARS goal, "nutrient runoff from agricultural use is
substantial reduced." This is very weak language that ignores the role
that organic agriculture that builds healthy soil can play in nutrient
runoff + other issues such as reducing Michigan's contribution to global
warming. We have to fundamentally change our approach to agriculture if
we are to achieve the kind of environmental progress we need to make.
The Farm Bureau and the Agribusiness Association dominate our ag policy
-- limiting our ability to protect our water. This is one of the
principle obstacles to our overall goals.
Water Goal 3 comments
| Gary Stock|| In twenty years, focus on ~respectful and sustainable~ utilization of water resources.|
In ten years, regional "coordination" leads to... "coordinated" efforts? Or, cooperative? LID is ...complEmented...
In two years, water quality impacts are ~considered~ in decisions. (They're already integrated -- that's the problem!)
Assessment tools must ensure that ~more~ water is available than intended uses; use will only increase with time.
|Richard Murphy|| Land use decisions are a critical part of both surface water and aquifer
quality. I am concerned, though, that the goal as written focuses too
locally on land use decisions - watershed-level patterns of land use
have substantial impacts on impervious surface coverage, and can't be
addressed by individual community planning efforts.|| 11/04/2010|
| Chris Bedford
||Michigan needs to establish a water budget much like a financial budget.
Water by 2060 will be extremely valuable -- the equivalent of oil
today. We should inventory our resources and create a budget that
includes intentionally recharging shallow aquifers.
Water Goal 4 comments
| Gary Stock
|| As a vision statement, perhaps, "Our water management philosophy
respects natural systems as both the source of, and limit on, all water
In twenty years, Michigan has mapped the twenty percent
highest quality wetlands in every county, and prohibits their
alteration. "No net loss" has been made obsolete, by a requirement to
replace other altered wetlands at a ten-to-one ratio. Now ~that's~ a
..and receive heightenED protection...
| Chris Bedford
||We should ban the export of Michigan water out-of-state by Constitutional Amendment.