Charlevoix County septic survey

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Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan want to hear from you.

They have been working with a committee of local stakeholders on “The Septic Question” Project and invite you to take an online survey.

The committee produced a Final Report for the public and local officials to read highlighting local septic system issues. To access both the report and the survey, visit the Watershed Council homepage at www.watershedcouncil.org. Included in the report is a menu of Policy Options to consider.

It outlines the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining the status quo; time of transfer ordinances; mandatory pumping ordinances; and mandatory inspection ordinances. You are invited to review the report and take the survey.

Your responses are important and will be shared with the Charlevoix County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners later this year.

The rural areas of the Lake Charlevoix Watershed rely on septic systems for sewage treatment. A failed septic system may pollute Lake Charlevoix, rivers and streams, and the drinking water of homeowners, businesses, and nearby residents.

For more information, please call Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council at (231) 347-1181.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council speaks for members including full-time and seasonal residents, lake associations, and businesses.

They work to maintain the environmental integrity and economic and aesthetic values of lakes, streams, wetlands, and ground water in Northern Michigan, as well as statewide and throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

As the lead organization for water resources protection in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties, the Watershed Council is working to preserve the heritage of Northern Michigan – a tradition built around our magnificent waters.