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How does PFAS Cycle into our lives?
WATER TESTING IN ROSS TOWNSHIP (11/11/2022)
The Ross Township Board has been aware of PFAS monitoring in Richland Township for years.
We remain in close contact with EGLE and the Health Department about their own groundwater monitoring wells in the Delmar/Littlefield area. I’ve had very thorough telephone conversations with EGLE and the Health Department occurring over several days since I was first contacted by EGLE on October 24th. It is imperative to have the facts directly from the source. While the whole township board is concerned, we have been reassured by the water and environmental specialists that there is no residential well data confirming risk, only that there is the potential for risk based on the shallow data EGLE has from their groundwater monitoring wells in that area. EGLE’s plan now is to collect samples from all residential wells in the area. Again, I have been assured by EGLE, “This does not equal municipal water at this point.” EGLE is in the data collection phase and will share results with well owners and local/state agencies as EGLE receives them. I requested copies of the letters EGLE will be mailing to affected residents and I do not have any letters yet. Once I have copies of the letters, a meeting at the township will be organized to put water and environmental experts before residents to answer questions directly.
This information, while concerning to residents and to the Ross Township Board, is in the very early stages of action. The Ross Township Board remains committed to the demands of residents that municipal water is not desired. As residents are contacted and asked to have their wells tested, it is inevitable that misinformation will spread. Please know that I have had several telephone calls with both agencies directly leading this process, I have involved the township attorney, and the entire Board of Directors is also aware of this activity and the new approach to testing 59 residential wells. Please bring questions to Ross Township for direct answers. Please stay tuned for open meeting dates with EGLE and the Health Department as well as the Township Board and legal counsel. We all plan to be accessible, supportive, and aggressively pursuing accurate information directly from the experts on behalf of affected residents.
The Ross Township Board is concerned that some public officials have jumped to conclusions ahead of sampling. Leaping to conclusions that residential wells are contaminated with PFAS without proof of tests is damaging and frightening. Please know that there is NO pursuit of public water in Ross Township by your Board of Directors. Please remember, that the ONLY way public water can be permitted in Ross Township is through your Board of Directors. We will obtain fact based results, we will openly support residents, and we will communicate full details when we have them, and only then will we determine the direction forward. Christina Hutchings, Ross Township Supervisor
NEW! Community Updates:
Ross Township does not have any ordinances relating to buoys. Many residents have contacted the Township saying they have been told that Ross Township is requiring removal of buoys on Gull Lake. This is not accurate. Buoys are regulated by the DNR. Questions should be routed to the District 7 DNR branch in Plainwell, by contacting:
DISTRICT 7 LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
Plainwell Customer Service Center
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
621 N. 10th Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
Public Water? Public Sewer?
Please know that the Ross Township Board is the only authority that can approve public water and public sewer ordinances. Gull Lake Sewer & Water Authority does not have control over the Ross Township Board. Currently, Ross Township DOES have an Ordinance to connect to available public sewer, Ordinance No. 179, which is on the Ross Township website: http://www.rosstownshipmi.gov <https://ross-township.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f6192cca7671e38b1bca16147&id=e4bc703224&e=9c3cf4e2a7> . This is specific to sewer that is already available, not new or proposed sewer expansion. There are NO ordinances regarding public water, which means there is no requirement for Ross Township residents to connect to public water. Please know that only the Township Board can enact ordinances in Ross Township. Where it concerns public water, Ross Township does not have a water tower to support this type of public water infrastructure. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Township to have your questions answered directly. Thank you to many informed citizens who are calling to share that a note should go out to correct this misinformation being spread in our community!
Upcoming Township Meetings
December 14, 2022 — Board of Review 2:00 PM
December 19, 2022 — Planning Commission 6:00 PM