The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES September 19, 2019 7:00 pm, 1st Floor Conference Room

Call to Order: Commissioner Stefanski called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm, Stefanski filled in for Chairman Egen (Egen entered meeting at 7:03PM).

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen 7:03PM

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Butch Uhl

Barry LaRoy

Guests:            Melanie Foose, EGLE, Lee Schoen, EGLE, Mike Alexander, EGLE, Justin Richards, Resident/Student, Stephanie Jourdan, Resident

Approval of Agenda – Motion by Felder, Seconded by Beaudry, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from August 8, 2019 meeting – Motion by Micka, Seconded by Felder, motion passed.

River Raisin Sediment Remediation Year 2 Post-Monitoring Update:  Mike Alexander, EGLE, presented the Year 2 Anchor QEA presentation that was provided in February 2019, results of the Year 2 post NAPL CAP construction report.  There are some surprises from the Year 2 monitoring.  A fish survey is expected in 2020.  Activities included: Bathymetric Survey results, Sediment probing, Surface Sediment Sampling (SSS) results, Semi-Permeable Membrane Device (SPMD) results, and Solid-Phase Microextraction (SPME) results.  The 1997 “hotspot” is close to the NAPL location.  Year 3 sampling is being done in which a similar report will be forthcoming in 2020.  The overall testing results appear verify thus far that the CAP in intact & is working, there may be some erroneous installation with the probes based on the results and analysis, the results are inconsistent/inconclusive, the 2019 data will validate the 2018 findings.  A possible upland leaching of PCB may be occurring, a cleanup project started in September that may last a year to address these finds the last 2 years of high results just downstream of the NAPL along the shore.  Mostly 2’+/- additional sediment has filled across the NAPL, it varies in depth.  SSS results stable/about the same as year 1, TOC & PCB correlation to be developed.  SPMD testing in 9 locations, all recovered but 3 moved during the sampling.  The SPMD results near the north shore adjacent to NAPL is elevated in which the small cleanup hopes to address.  It may be a possible 1997 staging/storage leaching location, RCRA is funding the cleanup.  SPME results showed elevated Total PCB increased, likely erroneous after evaluating a sensitivity analysis.  2019 sampling enhanced to interact more with divers/procedure.  Conclusions are 4 of 5 have good data, SPME results unexpected, CAP testing results don’t indicate it’s a failure, need more data, need local fish data (2020), year 3 sampling ongoing, Raisin AOC is still an AOC, bentonite is needed per Micka.

2019 Flowering Rush Spray: The 2019 spray is scheduled for the week of September 30th.  Notices have been mailed & each property will be field marked.  Overall the invasives are reduced such that it appears from COTE and the consultant that the annual spraying is working.

AOC Conference-Cleveland, OH: Keith Grasman, bird reports (Herring Gulls) were bad news from conference, population of birds decreased, increased PCB levels, productivity is a little better, they are still immune depressed, increased contaminants in birds & tree swallows, bald eagles have less contaminants.  Outreach sessions were excellent, national geographic and others including Chairman Egen were on a panel discussion looking ahead at the AOC recovery story/documentaries.  Raisin AOC documentary video was shown along with Muskegon’s video.  Thanks to Melanie Foose (Foot), EGLE for assistance with the event and panel. 340 people attended.  Great Lakes Watershed Map and other posters provided during poster sessions.

EGLE Items (via email):

  • PAC Support Grant – EGLE funded by EPA such that PAC grant RFPs will be coming in the future. Will work to have Meghan Kern, USEPA to attend a COTE mtg.

Members Time:

Micka-5 year plan to cleanup nuclear waste in Oregon, OH, Art Fair is this weekend.

Felder-thanks to EGLE for update, weed ordinance passed on 9-17-19, climate rally on 9-20-19 at Custer Statue (ad hoc)

Uhl-none

Beaudry-none

Kane-none

Stefanski–none

LaRoy–Update on PFAS found in potable water system

Egen-Great Lakes Restoration Celebration at the Henry Ford invite was emailed out, room still available.

Citizen Comments: Justin Richards, question on weed ordinance

Adjournment: 9:04 pm a motion made by Stefanski, Seconded by Felder to officially end the meeting.