The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES November 9, 2017 7:00 pm

Call to Order: Chairman Egen called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm

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

Isaac Owens

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Councilwomen Gloria Rafko

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Excused:          Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Guests:            Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Approval of minutes from October 12, 2017 meeting as amended – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Owens

PAC Grant 2017:

Subcommittee met on 10-27-17 and discussed GIS storymap, PSA, Media Promotion, &  Drone video content, schedule, details.  The GIS Storymap example was presented to the COTE.  East-Safe-Fish tote bags were shown to the COTE from Michelle Bruneau with Michigan DHHS, they will be handed out during public events.

Flowering Rush:

River Raisin was sprayed by Aquaweed (City contractor) on 10-9-2017.  The treatment map was shared with the COTE.  The permit for 2018 will be amended to extend to Cranbrook Blvd.  MiWaters report to be submitted before 11-30-17.  A GIS shapefile will be provided to the CWMA.  A meeting will be held in December to go over the 2017 treatment areas and discuss the 2 year grant & 2018 work – City commitment for GIS in-kind services will be required.

National Water Trail System:

A discussion was held on designating the River Raisin as a National Water Trail System.  This is pursuant to the City Planning Director providing information and advising his department can aid in coordinating the designation.  A motion was made by Stefanski to proceed with investigating with the designation of the River Raisin as a National Water Trail System, Seconded by Beaudry.  Melanie Foose will reach out to Mary Bohling (MSU) to consult with her on her experience in applying & designating these trails.

MDEQ Items:

Annual EPA meeting with DEQ & EPA will occur, topics to focus on the Raisin will include 4 BUIs remaining.  Dredging data shows that the dredging BUI may not be ready for removal yet.  Dr Grasman (Herring Gull) mentioned there is an increase in productivity, too early to provide more information.  Benthos BUI removal not likely either.  Dr Bowerman (Eagles) data will be coming soon.  Concerns with PFOS has been revealed in waterways.  Productivity is linked to health.  PCBs still a problem.  Mink study to occur in AOC.  12-28-17, MDEQ will move to the MDNR.

Members Time:

Micka-Discussed Dr Grasman study details, DTE discharge PCB contamination, Claimed Ford underground tanks buried by building on Ford property-RRD is reviewing, shock of DTE lowered tax request.

Stefanski-County/City parks to partner.  A liaison for the County/City is suggested to embrace kayaking, put out signs in river, to give notice to users.  Stefanski is leaving the County Parks board.  Loretta LaPointe, City Parks & Recreation Director will likely be the County/City liaison.




Rafko-Echoes Stefanski comments-save funds

Egen-Suggests a dashboard option for a comprehensive location of all AOC items done on river, develop a traveling display option-can use the interpretative signs as a basis,

LaRoy-On 12-7-17, he will presenting on Wastewater Facilities, how they remove nutrients using the Monroe WWTP as an example and an update on the potable water treatment struggles with the Lake Erie 2017 algal bloom at the Semi-Annual 2017 Farmer-Led Watershed Conservation, location is the Old Mill, Village of Dundee.  Also discussed upcoming lead & copper legislation changes in which the COTE may be used as a community board to meet public education & notification requirements.


8:15 pm motion made by Stefanski, Seconded by Kane.