LOOKING GLASS RIVER AND GRAND RIVER - WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLANS
In March, 2006, the DeWitt Charter Township Board of Trustees approved Watershed Management Plans for both the Looking Glass River and the Grand River. Approximately 70% of the land area within the Township flows into the Looking Glass River with the remaining area flowing into the Grand River. The Plans were developed by working with our neighboring municipalities and local stakeholders through a series of public meetings. View the Plans by clicking on the links below:
For a great education on watersheds, visit the Greater Lansing Regional Committee's (GLRC) website at www.mywatersheds.org. Click on the link below for more information:
GLRC Fact Sheet
Stormwater Management in the Township
Stormwater runoff is created when rain falls on pavement, buildings, and other impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. In developed areas like DeWitt Township, we limit flooding by moving this runoff from our roads, parking lots, and neighborhoods through storm drains which discharge directly into rivers and streams. Since the discharge from separate storm sewer systems does not get processed at a treatment plant, any contaminant on the ground can "hitch a ride" with runoff and enter and impact our shared surface waters. Pet waste, oil, leaves and dirty water from cleaning your car can enter storm drains and flow downstream where it harms aquatic habitats and makes water unsafe for swimming, canoeing and other water-related activities. The Township takes steps to reduce this pollution to improve water quality and to meet State and Federal requirements.
Per these requirements, the Township must apply for a stormwater discharge permit every five years. A large part of that application consists of a description as to how the Township will commit to and proceed with the development, implementation, and enforcement of practices to reduce the discharge of pollutants from its municipal separate storm sewer system to the maximum extent practicable. This documentation was formally designated as DeWitt Charter Township’s Stormwater Management Plan, which is located here for public review and input. The Township’s 2016 MS4 Progress Report is located here.
To help facilitate a regional approach to stormwater management, the Township is also a member of the Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management, a guiding body comprised of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) communities within the Greater Lansing Region. The committee has been established to guide the implementation of the stormwater program for participating communities within the Grand River, the Red Cedar River and the Looking Glass River watersheds. Visit MyWatersheds.org to learn about upcoming events, find steps you can take to limit water pollution, and to get involved in managing our shared water resources!
If you have questions or comments regarding the Township’s stormwater management plan, please contact Andrew Dymczyk at 517-668-0270 or email@example.com.
CURB MARKER PROGRAM
In an effort to make residents aware of how local actions affect local water quality, the Township has begun a curb marker installation program in local subdivisions. These colorful curb markers stating "No Dumping, Drains to Waterways" are affixed on storm water catch basins to remind people that what goes into these catch basins end up draining into the Looking Glass River and the Grand River. Motor oil, grass clippings, paint, soaps and chemicals from washing cars, excess lawn fertilizer, and animal waste are all examples of pollutants that hurt water quality in our area. Volunteer groups are working with the Township to install the markers. If your neighborhood or volunteer group is interested in helping install markers, please contact the Manager's Office at (517) 668-0270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WATER QUALITY TIPS & INFORMATION
Want to learn more about how you can protect our waterways at your home, school, or business? Check out these articles, brochures, and flyers and feel free to print and post them at your workplace or classroom!
REPORT ILLICIT DISCHARGE
What is an illicit discharge? All water that goes into a storm pipe, catch basin, or drainage ditch within DeWitt Charter Township eventually travels into the Looking Glass or Grand River Watersheds. An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the municipal separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of storm water, except for discharges allowed under an NPDES permit or waters used for firefighting operations. These non-stormwater discharges occur due to illegal connections to the storm drain system from commercial, residential, or other establishments.
As a result of these illicit connections, contaminated wastewater enters into storm drains or directly into local water ways without receiving treatment from a wastewater treatment plant. Illicit connections may be intentional or unknown to the property owner. An example of an illicit connection is when floor drains are connected to the storm drainage system. Additional sources of illicit discharges are failing septic systems, illegal dumping practices, and the improper disposal of sewage from recreational practices such as boating or camping. Illicit discharges also can be generated by persons using antiquated methods for tasks such as cleaning pool filters, cleaning paint brushes, cars, washing and other common activities.
If you happen to see something entering or exiting a storm pipe, catch basin or drainage ditch that looks, smells or feels like something other than stormwater, please contact the Clinton County Drain Commission at (989)224-5160.
If you want to learn more about keeping our watershed clean, safe and free of pollutants, please visit mywatersheds.org.
The Michigan Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) is a 24 hour hotline managed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The hotline is used to report environmental pollution emergencies. The PEAS hotline is toll free at (800) 292-4706.
Mid-Michigan District Health Department
Clinton County Department of Waste Management
Southern Clinton County Municipal Utilities Authority