Preserve the Dunes Newsletter                                                                        April 12, 2010

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Status of Nadeau Site
Ox Creek Watershed
Workshop on Green Infrastructure
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Status at Nadeau Site
Area of Bare Sand Expands as Mining Continues

As we reported in the last email newsletter, the Michigan Supreme Court has questioned whether its own ruling in PTD v. MDEQ and TechniSand was correctly decided. PTD has retained Phil Neal of Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP to prepare a "friend of the court" brief on this issue. Phil was our attorney for the appeal in the prior case.

See the last newsletter and email newsletter for further information.

Below, aerial photos of the Nadeau Site in 2004, 2007 and 2010 illustrate the progress of mining and the destruction of the dunes. Click on the photo to see a larger image.

The current mining permit expires on December 31, 2010, and will most likely be renewed by the DNRE. The Hagar Township permit expires this summer. What will the township do? Will it enforce its agreement with Technisand?

Celebrate the 40th Annual Earth Day on April 22 by sending a contribution to PTD to support efforts to stop sand mining in the critical dune areas.

Nadeau Site in foreground - 2004
Nadeau Site 2007                                       photo by Don Ames
Nadeau Site 2007
Nadeau Site 2010                                     photo by Don Ames
Ox Creek Watershed

On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm, the USEPA and the MDNRE will hold an informational meeting at the Benton Charter Township Hall , 1725 Territorial Rd, Benton Harbor. The recently prepared report on the Ox Creek Watershed will be presented and discussed.

Ox Creek is a warm water stream located in southwest Michigan. The creek flows through Benton Harbor and joins the Paw Paw near its mouth. The report discusses the creek's water quality, and causes for its failure to meet Michigan's water quality standards.

For more information. . .
Workshop on Green Infrastructure
Go for the Green to Save the Blue
Using Green Infrastructure to Protect Your Community's Water Quality

 Monday, April 26, 2010, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
 WMU, Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo, MI
 Cost: $15.00

Who should attend?Municipal Staff, Government Officials, Local & County Planning Commissioners, Drain Commissioners, Municipal Planners, Developers & Builders, Engineering & Planning Firms, Storm Water Managers, Watershed Groups, Lake Associations
At this full day workshop, you will have the opportunity for discussions with national experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with local
"These dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona . . .
once lost, the loss would be irrevocable." Carl Sandburg
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