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Apparently there is a misunderstanding over whether a property owner also "owns" the groundwater flowing beneath his or her land. He or she does not, but Russell Harding, former Michigan DEQ Director, thinks so. With his usual perspicuity. If he were right, there wouldn't have been a Nestle water heist case in Michigan. Property owners have a right to use, not ownership of both groundwater and surface water.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative RFP expressly rules out funding for land conservancy projects, aka vital habitat conservation. That's unwise, to say the least.
Ineligible Activities. Under this RFP, EPA will not fund: water infrastructure projects that are addressed under the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund; basic research; land acquisition; remediation of contaminated sediments; or projects the principal purpose for which is general operating support.
As the Post-Tribune says, somebody needs to explain why an uncovered toxic pile is sitting near Lake Michigan, and what's going to be done to prevent it from causing a problem for the lake and environs. We keep hearing the Great Lakes states professing their commitment to Great Lakes restoration and clamoring for federal funds to carry it out -- and we keep hearing them ducking questions about why they're doing things that may require further restoration in the future. It's like moving piles around rather than cleaning them up.