City looking to raise awareness on protecting their water. By Frank Sorise
Grand Ledge Gazette Staff Writer
The City of Grand Ledge has joined with the The Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management. The GLRC is “dedicated to preserving, maintaining, and enhancing the Lansing region’s watersheds.” (A watershed, in simple terms is any area of land that drains to a common point. For Grand Ledge, the point is Grand River.)
“Historically, we local government/business, etc., did not protect our rivers and streams nearly as well as we do today. With development comes changes in land use which directly effects our water,” said Erin Campbell, Assistant Environmental Planner of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.
Grand ledge residents experienced periods of low water pressure and discolored water this past week because of the annual flushing of the city’s water mains. The Department of Public Services finds it necessary each year to flush out the city water mains to reduce the amount of mineral build up in the city’s water. This process takes one week to complete. Larry LaHaie, the city’s public service director, said Grand Ledge gets its water from wells and the groundwater contains fairly high levels of iron. The iron naturally occurs as a result from the bedrock that the water is drawn from, he said.
The Grand Ledge Board of Education and City Council are negotiating the sale of the vacant Greenwood School and its conversion into the new location of City Hall. “I think it is a great use of a building that is very special to the city,” said Jannee Penfield, Grand Ledge resident. Greenwood Elementary closed its doors 15 months ago, at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 school year. “The whole state of Michigan has lost population over the last seven, eight years. The school system has less resources and enrollment,” said City Administrator Jon Bayless.