Douglas To Receive MDEQ Violation For Spoils Spill
An environmental violation notice is on the way from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to Douglas officials for failure to prevent a spoils spill near Ferry and Center streets.
Douglas had hired Ron Meyer & Associates to excavate approximately 600 cubic yards from the Union Street boat launch ramp on March 27.
After the dredging, the company put the spoils on city-owned property permitted to handle the spoils. The problem occurred when the spoils spilled into a wetland pond located along Center Street near the property.
The city approved paying the excavation company $14,800 on March 20 to handle the work.
Kameron Jordan, DEQ Kalamazoo District supervisor, said the city will have to move fast to scrape the spoils from the pond before any rain makes the problem even more severe.
Jordan said Douglas officials will have to ensure the spoils are then moved to an approved storage site where the material can be property contained.
The material may be allowed to be placed at the same dump site if certain stabilization procedures are conducted to prevent a repeat of the spillage into the pond, he added.
Jordan said he plans to meet with city officials sometime this week to discuss the state violation and assess the situation first-hand.
Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere said he has been notified of the problem and steps are being taken to correct it.