429 million gallons of wastewater released

Grand Rapids city officials said recent flooding sent 429 million gallons of partially treated sewage into the Grand River.
AP Wire
Apr 27, 2013

That's the equivalent of filling 8.5 million bathtubs at 50 gallons each.

The overflows occurred at retention basins where wastewater doesn't get fully treated.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council spokesman Dan Schoonmaker said it wasn't raw sewage. He said there were worse environmental threats during intense rain and floods.

The Grand River dropped below its flood stage in Grand Rapids on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Saginaw Wastewater Treatment Plant has discharged about 1.5 billion gallons of treated wastewater into the Saginaw River. The area has also experienced heavy rains and flooding.

Comments

Wm.Greene

Where's the outrage? The anger? The desire to do something about it?

A half-a-billion gallons of sewage dumped into the Grand River and all we can muster is a yawn? This isn't another one of these faraway stories we can glance at and somehow believe will never happen here. This is happening! Right here. Right now.

Where do you suppose all the sewage ends up? In our yards. On our beaches. In our parks. Isn't it time to say enough is enough?

The polluters will fool you every time with their talk of hundred-year floods. But ask yourself: why does Grand Rapids release sewage into the Grand River every single year? Can you recall a year when Grand Rapids DIDN'T release sewage into the Grand River? It's clear when Grand Rapids tells you their sewage plant is built to contain a hundred-year flood, what they really mean is it's built to contain a mild, one-year flood. Maybe. As long as it isn't too severe.

I don't want Grand Rapids to dump its poison in my backyard any longer and you shouldn't want it either. It's time we tackle this problem and do something about it.

zwesterhouse

Why those do those people along the Grand River pay their property taxes? I would just walk away and let it escheat back to the state. Its pure filth! It stinks to even be by the Grand River. Our society is so mind-numbing with its idiotic bureaucracies. Everything from the Secretary of State down to township issues is just plain dysfunctional and stupid. Its set up to take money and inconvenience the working person and benefit organizations who are under corporate umbrellas. Just plain dumb and stupid.

Wingmaster

We should stick the pipe for the water plant in the mouth of the grand river. Let them suck that back to GR to drink.

Seriously, why is this allowed to continue. In the late 1980s the City of Grand Rapids embarked on a comprehensive program to eliminate all combined sewer overflows (CSO) in the City. In 2011 the City of Grand Rapids discharged 49.266 million gallons of combined sewage. June 18th 2012 GR dumped bout 58,000 gallons of sewage into the river. And most recently the sewage plant in Wyoming spilled an estimated 1,000 gallons of partially-treated wastewater every minute, while the sewer system in Grand Rapids overflowed some 200 million to 300 million gallons, according to reports. The Grandville treatment plant is also overflowed.

The City is required by this program to eliminate all combined sewer overflows by December 31, 2019. We have six more years of the turd spigot being pointed at us by the city of GR. Enjoy your beach Grand Haven. 39 years to fix this? How many people have been in touch with this water during this time and have gotten sick?

g.vandersteldt

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