Dune Defenders Push Pipeline Plug Build It, They Will Ride Cup of TEA, Dash of Daschle
The Concerned Citizens for Saugatuck Dunes continue to fight the proposed construction of a water intake pipe and pumping station within Saugatuck Dunes State Park. While CCSD’s main focus is protecting a popular west Michigan destination from industry, this local battle also embodies concerns similar to those the Perrier Group re-ignited when it got a state tax break to withdraw and bottle water from a local aquifer. The state has no laws governing water withdrawals and no planning process for controlling use and distribution. Visit saugatuckdunes.org for more information.
Birders, Divers Reach Whitefish Point Accord
In 2000, metropolitan Grand Rapids approved a millage expanding the region’s bus service, The Rapid. Ridership grew 13.2 percent in the first year of millage-financed improvements and 8.8 percent last year — twice the national average. Now Faith In Motion, part of a coalition that pushed the millage, is talking to regional leaders about best times to schedule both renewal and increase requests. FIM says that because The Rapid has kept its promises regarding service improvements, the region is ready to finance further improvements. A study of potential regional rail corridors is already underway. There’s more Web information at ridetherapid.org. Reach FIM at 616-774-9037 or
Republicans controlling Congress have unveiled their national transportation vision: Gut transit funding, build more highways, steamroll environmental laws that stand in the way. Smart Growth advocates are girding for battle on these questions, many of which will be settled when Congress takes up TEA-21, the Transportation Equity Act, which is renewable every six years. Detroiters are joining the fray. Under the auspices of the faith-based advocacy group MOSES, 1,000 people attended a community meeting in Motown and urged U.S. Senator Tom Daschle to pump up transit funds in the Democrats’ economic stimulus package. He promptly did, to the tune of $700 million.
Dune Defenders Push Pipeline Plug
Build It, They Will Ride
Cup of TEA, Dash of Daschle