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Dept. Of Environmental Quality Says E Coli In Lakes, Rivers "Concern"

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Michigan Department of Environmental quality says e-coli in area lakes and rivers is an issue of concern.

 In the past, animal run-off and sewage was to blame. Jan Wilford at MEAEP works closely with farmers to make sure that manure runoff isn't gettng into water. "Farmers are not allowed to pollute, that's the bottom line," said Wilford.

 

She says big farms aren't allowed to apply manure in winter because they have enough storage, so she works with smaller farms. "We help them evaluate field by field which fields are the lowest risk for manure application."

 

The Department of Agriculture sits right across the hall from the DEQ, helping them work together on water pollution. Lansing's director of public works checks in with the city's wet weather control plan.

 

"We have made huge leaps and bounds as far as overflow into the rivers," said Chad Gamble, the director of public service for the city of lansing.

 

Lansing is mid-way through a 30-year plan to separate sewage and stormwater drainage. "We won't stop because we know how valuable the great lakes and rivers are to the state of Michigan"

 

DEQ Director Dan Wyant said the next thing to do is take a look at contaminants they haven't been able to track, those that don't run through pipes or get tested. He wants to know what it is that's getting into the water so they can create programs in the area.

"We can only control what we do here and set and lead by example," said Gamble.

 

So far Lansing has been a leader. "If you sample the river as it enters the city and then when it leaves, it improves actually."

There's still a lot more to do because water is still being polluted. The good news is Pure Michigan has only gotten purer from these programs.

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