“The summary of the whole report is that there is not a smoking gun,” Grand Haven Public Works Director Bill Hunter said. “There’s a lot of possibilities, but nothing that says (it caused it).”
City Manager Pat McGinnis said the study was sparked by some area residents who spoke at recent meetings of the city’s Planning Commission.
“Several residents showed up over the last several months suggesting there were groundwater issues related to the Grand Landing development,” he said.
In September 2013, the city commissioned the engineering firm Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber to evaluate groundwater level conditions near the north-end development in a hydrologic study.
Hunter thought the engineering firm did a great job on the study, in which they gathered existing data about water conditions and interviewed local residents. He noted that nearly 60 letters were sent to residents, with 11 people providing feedback.
The report indicates that it cannot be determined if factors other than natural variations in the rainfall and water level in the Grand River and Lake Michigan contribute to the concerns.
Of the five concerns found in the study, the paving of Adams Street and reconstructed sanitary sewer lines beneath the surface could have impacted groundwater levels in that area, partially contributing to wet basements and yard floods.
“I think that it is just naturally occurring what we’re dealing with right there,” Hunter said.
With that in mind, city officials say they don’t think any new development at the site will exasperate the problem.
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