Just when you thought the state of Michigan couldn’t be more corrupt that it is under the Whitmer-Benson-Soros dynasty (see articles below for details), the Novi, Michigan local yocals are actively destroying protected wetlands to benefit private builders and a corrupt city management team, while the EGLE and state of Michigan turn a blind eye in this wetland destruction.
The neighborhood is a huge wetland watershed protected by environmental laws, or so the residents thought until the city manager- Peter “the Ogre” Auger- decided to use public Enterprise Funds to benefit his builder buddy Mark Guidobono of Cambridge Builders to put sewer lines throughout the wetlands. Neighbors have lived in the area for decades and were perfectly content with their large lots and septic and well systems. The ongoing dewatering/watershed destruction project is now a two-year disaster and getting worse, having destroyed 13 ponds and hundreds of acres of wetland forests.
The city of Novi boasts about its protection of wetlands in this glossy report:
The Gabriels have joined their neighbors in taking on the City of Novi and its city manager Peter Auger for their wanton destruction of a protected watershed. AIM readers will be thrilled to follow the story, not just for its drama and intrigue that we will be revealing in coming weeks, but so that you can learn guerrilla techniques to shame and blame your own out-of-control school and community boards. Hang on, folks….the city of Novi hasn’t met the ferocity of AIMCats on a mission. It’s going to be epic.
One of the first things you will want to know about this story is that the community had a professional with over 40 years experience look at the area. Mike Wilczynski is a certified professional geologists from Pangea Environmental. Mr. Wilczynski reports:
Pangea Environmental, LLC was contacted by the State Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club to investigate complaints that Garfield Lake and nearby wetlands and ponds were drying up as a result of sewer construction. We looked at water well logs, topographic maps from the US Geological Survey, Geological Map of Oakland County, conducted field visits and spoke with residents. Additional information was recently provided by the City of Novi. This included piezometer (monitoring well) logs along the sewer construction route and groundwater drawdown from pumping over time.
Based on our review of the information, it is our opinion the problems encountered during the boring for the sewer should have been foreseen if a simple geological survey was conducted. We believe this project should not have been approved using the current methods, if at all.
The Geological Map of Oakland County indicates areas of glacial till in the route of the sewer. Glacial till is material that was just dumped at the front of a glacier as it is at a standstill or retreating. This includes material ranging in size from clay to boulders. It is these boulders that are slowing down the boring for the sewer line. Boring for the sewer line works well in glacial outwash, which is also present, but not so well in till.
The water well records indicated groundwater as shallow as 5 feet below the surface. The topographic maps indicate surface water that is connected to the groundwater. Garfield Lake is a former gravel pit that has filled with groundwater. Wetlands are also formed by shallow groundwater.
The pumping of groundwater to lower the water table (or groundwater surface) has dropped the groundwater levels close to 20 ft along the sewer route since the start of the project. The large volume of groundwater removed is causing an area of a lowered water table and is removing water from Garfield Lake and wetlands due to the connection to the groundwater. This area of depressed water table and draining of surface water is still expanding and appears to have reached the fishing pond in Maybury State Park over a mile away.
Every site is unique, but as a general rule, it takes about as long for the groundwater and surface water to return to pre-pumping levels as it did to lower the water once equilibrium is reached and the area of impact is no longer increasing. This has not yet occurred and the project is now hopefully going to be finished by the end of summer. It appears pumping started in June 2019. So, we are looking at approximately 2 to 3 yrs for the water levels to return to pre-pumping levels. Again, this is only a rough estimate based on a general rule of thumb. It may take much longer for the ecological communities to be re-established.
There are also sites of known contamination within the area impacted. We do not know how or if the pumping will impact the contamination.
The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) granted the permit for the project and is now silent. This is typical when they make a mistake based on my experience. I have other examples where EGLE has allowed the destruction of surface water and wetlands and is now ignoring the property owners impacted.
I have had numerous emails and meetings with Jerrod Sanders, EGLE Water Resources Division Deputy Director, and he has stated EGLE will not use geological information when they evaluate a complaint. They want to ignore the science most closely related to the problem. All because an atorney may refute the information. That is why you need good geologists. EGLE is very short on these people, as most, like me retired. I worked for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) EGLEs previous name for 12 years as a Senior Geologist, prior to retirement. I started Pangea Environmental, LLC to provide free to low cost consulting to community groups who have been impacted by EGLE failures.
This story is unfolding and, as usual, we will post lots of memes, videos, and high-energy social media ‘weapons’ to launch at the Ogre and his nature-destroying comrades at the City of Novi.
Here are more details on George Soros operatives Whitmer and Benson, mentioned in the first paragraph: