Vision 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 StockWATER -- Water is the lifeblood -- Michigan's wetlands and watersheds ~provide~ the lifeblood.. wetlands deserve mention here.

Perhaps 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 meaningless.  10/27/2010
 Marcy Colclough WATER -- Overall, the Water Vision is great.

I 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 possible way.
 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, recreation, habitat).  10/26/2010
 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.  10/26/2010

Water Goal 1 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.  10/27/2010

Water Goal 2 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.  10/27/2010

Water Goal 3 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 use." 

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 vision.     

..and receive heightenED protection...

Water Goal 4 comments

 Chris Bedford
We should ban the export of Michigan water out-of-state by Constitutional Amendment.  10/27/2010