Water analysis in the works

Ottawa County officials are concerned about the future of the county's groundwater supply and are preparing to take a deep look at it before it reaches a crisis stage.
Alex Doty
Mar 17, 2013

"We do know we have a problem, and we do know that it is critical in some areas and less in others," County Planner Mark Knudsen said. "We do know that we are removing more water than is being replenished."

A study by Michigan State University's Water Resource Institute shows that Ottawa County's major groundwater source — called the Marshall aquifer — is drying up.

According to the MSU study, there is a very thick and compact clay-like shell around the county. This makes it challenging for water to permeate and recharge the aquifer.

The Marshall sandstone is one of two aquifer sources in Ottawa County. It resembles a ring centered in the middle of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

To help further the county's knowledge of the issue, officials say they'll conduct better research to get a handle on it.

"It will be much more in-depth, with calculated models of the flow of water," Knudsen said. "It's going to be a $300,000 to $400,000 study."

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Comments

Peter56

Hmm sounds like someone wants more tax money.

Back to the Wall

That's exactly right, Peter. North Ottawa water system (NOWS) isn't running anywhere near capacity, and this is the latest balloon being floated. If enough people buy into it without critical review, it'll be used to force connections to and expansion of the township's water systems.

WaterWise1959

The water in the Tri Cities area primarily comes from Lake Michigan, so it is very naive for anyone to think that the aquifer is plentiful. MSU is the only institution with a department qualified enough to investigate this with scientific integrity and transparency.

bunnylou

When I moved out here in Robinson Lake Michigan in 1986 was at it's highest level. Since than we have gone through two droughts.
Not being any kind of a specialist but common sense is that you just don't mess with Mother Nature. Water wells at homes in Robinson have been going dry. Am very concerned that it may happen to me one day sooner than later. When you mess with the "natural flow" of the water table something changes! Many many ponds are being and have been dug. Well, the "man made lake" just east of us was some one's dream to MAKE MONEY!! Of course the township jumped at that!! Well we will pay dearly for this unfortunate decision. People messing with the drains have foiled the "underground" flow!! We PAID!! Am still paying. Cost a lot of money with no fix! So, guess we will see what "government" will stick their nose into next!!
We know that Louisiana's situation came from man wanting more. Mother Nature does take a toll. But man is the worst!!

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