The Southwest Barry County Sewer and Water Authority will meet in Delton, Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30pm. One of the discussions is likely to be a petition by resident Larry Osborne and others to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) requesting that a public hearing be held before issuing a new ground water discharge permit to the Southwest Barry County Sewer and Water System. The current permit that was issued five years ago expires at the end of 2020.
Osborne contacted WBCH saying petition supporters hope to convince EGLE to reduce the permit from the current 1,000,000 gallon per day limit to 500,000 gallons per day. His goal for lowering the limit would be to try to prevent the Sewer Authority from adding more new end users to the system.
Plans have been underway for two years to connect the Gilmore Car Museum to the Southwest Barry County Sewer & Water system.
Osborne claims the ground water discharge from the system ends up in the Watson Drain District which is already plagued by flooding. He argues the additional water not only contributes to the flooding problem but also to the assessment cost of residents in the Watson Drain District for mitigation.