Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 28, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 07/28/2012


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We'll cook for profits

I haven't seen any of the global warming deniers stepping up to the plate lately.

If it's up to the Republicans, we will all cook to death in the name of corporate profit.

Edwin S. Hughes

Traverse City

Dam evaluation critical

This is to give my strong agreement as an engineer with Dr. Samarasinghe's July 12 letter to the Record-Eagle regarding the Boardman River dam removals.

To remove the dams without an engineering evaluation of the adverse property and safety effects of doing so is irresponsible.

A similar analogous situation was the Johnstown flood of 1889, which killed over 2,000 people.

Dr. Samarasinghe is absolutely correct about the limited ability of sand to absorb water in that once it is saturated, the bulk of the water will stay above the surface and aggravate flooding. Also, engineered designs are controlled by extreme events.

Construction should not start until there is an engineering evaluation of the dam removal.

If the evaluation indicates property damage or safety issues, measures need to be taken to correct the safety issues.

As stated earlier, to not do so is irresponsible and can endanger human life. It would be like letting people drive without licenses and only have them take the driving test after they have an accident.

Buq Sobkowski

Old Mission

Comments misleading

I feel compelled to respond to the July 10 Forum by Mr. Dan Wyant, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. As the chief advocate for Michigan's environment and specifically the ecological integrity of our Lake Michigan shoreline, his comments are misleading at best and irresponsible and confusing for Michigan citizens.

He either did not read the science-based studies commissioned by his DEQ or more probably refused to take seriously their findings. The Michigan DEQ staff — his advisors — certainly do not agree with his contention that "the state retains its ability to protect important coastal wetland areas which are critical to fish and wildlife "¦ and serve as natural filters for water quality".

The legislation allows mowing of coastal wetlands without any oversight.

How is that protecting those important areas? How does that protect the critical fish and wildlife habitat?

I invite Mr. Wyant and Gov. Snyder to walk the shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay with me to discuss the great potential harm this law will have on our shared public trust shoreline.

John Nelson

Traverse City

The writer is Grand Traverse Baykeeper.