EPA Public Hearing on Wetland Fill Permit Application for County Road 595 in Marquette, Michigan


CHICAGO (July 30, 2012) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing on August 28th to take comments on the Marquette County Road Commission’s application for a wetland fill permit for the construction of County Road 595. EPA scheduled the hearing at the request of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The Road Commission has proposed a new 21.5-mile primary county road, running north-south between U.S. Highway 41 and County Road Triple A, through Champion, Ely, Humboldt and Michigamme Townships. According to the application, construction would affect 25.81 acres of wetlands and would require the building of 22 stream crossings.

MDEQ has the authority to issue permits for projects under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for wetlands, lakes and streams. EPA’s role is to ensure that proposed projects comply with federal guidelines. At the hearing, EPA will take comments on two issues: (1) whether there are practical, alternate routes for the road which would have less impact on aquatic resources; and (2) proposals to mitigate damage to wetlands and streams.

Oral and written comments will be taken at the public hearing. EPA will hold an informational question-and-answer session immediately before the public hearing — at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28. The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. Both will be held at Northern Michigan University, Don H. Bottums University Center, Ontario/Michigan/Huron Rooms, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette.

The public comment period started on July 27 and concludes on Sept. 4, 2012. Comments should be addressed to Melanie Haveman, U.S. EPA (WW-16J), 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604-3590 or r5_cr595_comments@epa.gov. For questions or additional information, call EPA toll-free at 800-621-8431, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,week days. Related documents and information about the public hearing are available on EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/region5/water/cr595.

The official records are also available at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library, 317 N. Main St., Ishpeming.

Contact Information: Anne Rowan, 312-353-9391, rowan.anne@epa.gov; Peter Cassell, 312-886-6234, cassell.peter@epa.gov; Brad Wurfel, 517-241-7395, wurfelb@michigan.gov


10.000 Trees The Manitou Project

10.000 Trees The Manitou Project

The public is invited to join The Cedar Tree Institute its friends and collaborative partners in planting 10,000 Northern White Cedar trees across Northern Michigan in the summer of 2012. The white cedar has seen a 30% decline in Michigan’s forests and is regarded as a medicinal tree among the Ojibway, Potawatomi and Odawa peoples of Michigan. Its Latin name is Arbor vitae meaning “Tree of Life.” The species is essential to the integrity of this region’s native ecosystem. Continue reading

Celebrate the U.P. with Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition

MARQUETTE — The fourth annual Celebration of the U.P., sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC), will be held on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at the Landmark Inn, Peter White Public Library and the Federated Women’s Clubhouse (the corners of Front Street and Ridge Street) in Marquette. Continue reading

DEQ schedules public hearing for proposed CR 595

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m

Country Village Convention Center in Ishpeming.

For talking points, go to   http://standfortheland.com/

DEQ officials announced a public hearing to discuss a proposed new road in Marquette County. The Marquette County Road Commission has submitted to the DEQ an application for a series of permits to create Marquette County Road 595, a proposed 21-mile road to connect US-41 with County Road AAA. Read entire press release…120131CountyRoad595(1)-3 Continue reading

Hurley, Wisconsin: Hearing today on Mining Bill

Today: Hearing Held on Assembly Mining Bill in Hurley
The Assembly Jobs Committee just announced it will hold an official public hearing on the mining bill, AB 426,  Wednesday, January 11th in Hurley at the Hurley Inn beginning at 10:00 AM.
This will be an important opportunity for residents who live near the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine to voice their opposition to this disastrous legislation that would roll back commonsense environmental protections, silence the voice of the public, and eliminate accountability for mining corporations. Learn more about the bill here. Continue reading

Proposed Kennecott Haul Road: Public Informational Open Houses Scheduled

Marquette County Board of Road Commissioners (year took office), top to bottom - L to R: Joseph Valente ('08), Russell Williams, Vice Chairperson ('07), Neil Anderson ('09), Darryll Sundberg, Chairperson ('03), David Hall ('07)












The Marquette County Road Commission will hold a series of informational open houses to provide information to, and collect written comments from the public regarding the proposed new roadway called County Road 595. Time and location are as follows:
Tuesday, Aug. 30th                12:00 -3:00  & 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.                       Citizens Forum Room, Lakeview Arena,
Wednesday, Aug. 31st           12:00 -3:00  & 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.                       Ishpeming Township Hall, Ishpeming

Informational packets will be available for public review at these meetings. Information will also be available to the public for review starting Tuesday afternoon, August 16, 2011 at the following locations: Marquette County Road Commission Administrative Office, The Peter White Public Library, City of Ishpeming, City of Negaunee, City of Marquette, Powell Township, Ely Township, Marquette Township, Negaunee Township, Ishpeming Township, Humboldt Township and Michigamme Township.

All written input given and received at these informational meetings will be considered at the Board of Marquette County Road Commissioners regular meeting on Monday, September 19, 2011, 6:00 p.m. at the Ishpeming Township Hall. The public may submit written comment to the Marquette County Road Commission Office, 1610 N. Second Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849 or by emailing lbrogan@marqroad.org by Tuesday, September 6, 2011; 1:00 p.m.

Lisa Brogan
Marquette County Road Commission
Ph: 906-486-4491 x. 103
F:  906-486-4493

Ceremonial Long Walk of the Drum – Eagle Rock – Yellow Dog Plains – July 17, 2011 – Sunday – 12:00 Noon

“This was a dream . . . lots of people – all kinds, walking to the beat of the drum  . . . from one drum to the next  . . . walking, head down, a solemn walk of the drum . . . three times around the site counter-clockwise.”     

 This dream or vision was shared and expressed by two men – one non-native, one Anishinaabe. Both men dreamed of Eagle Rock surrounded by a fence with security men looking on as the “people” walked by, to the sound of the drum.  This walk, which reflects an ancient ceremony, will take place Sunday, July 17th at Eagle Rock on the Yellow Dog Plains.

Drummers from around the Upper Great Lakes Region will gather to offer their drum to this walk.  Young, old, native, non-native – the people must gather here at Eagle Rock.  It is a long walk, some twelve miles with twelve drum sites.  It is not important that each make the total 12 mile trek, it is just important that many people gather to participate in the walk.  “Passing from one drum site to the next, the people will pass from one to the next until it is done.”


This is not a protest with flags and banners, this is a commemoration of Eagle Rock as a sacred site – both to Tribal Nations and to the people who have long held Eagle Rock as a symbol of this effort to stop this mine on public lands.  We need people to gather and give one step, one half mile, two miles, four miles, or whatever they are able, to the effort to walk around this site three times.  People can come when they can and give of whatever time they have to this walk.

For the last nine years, we have attempted to bring reason, science and the will of the people to this long campaign. It is time to gather the people again, in a united consciousness, for this Long Walk of the Drum around Eagle Rock.

. . . and the people will pass from one drum to the next until it is done”






Camping on State Public lands will be permitted. Permits to camp will be available at the check-in station and at Big Bay Outfitters. State lands surround the proposed mine site and maps and folks on the ground will assist campers in finding good camping locations close by.  There is a latrine that is handicapped-accessible, for all who may wish to use it during this event.
Due to the potential high fire danger, all cooking should be done with Coleman like stoves and fuels.  We ask that no wood fires be built except in designated areas with proximity to water.  If the Yellow or Red fire flags are out – no fires should be built anywhere on the Yellow Dog Plains.  We will post fire danger flags at our information site.


We anticipate that people will start gathering on Saturday the 16th.  There will be a check-in station on the AAA road about a half a mile before the main gates of the proposed mine, where someone will be handing out information.  You will be on your own with food and water.  There is a spring at the Salmon Trout River where it crosses the AAA, for good fresh water.  Swimming is close by at the Yellow Dog River also.  There is shaded state land near but not within sight of the mine. This would be a good opportunity to enjoy the Yellow Dog Plains and see it for what it is.


We need people to assist with the drum sites.  We need teams at each drum site which will also be rest stations for the walkers. If you and a friend are available to assist from 10:00 in the morning on Sunday the 17th until sunset – we need you!  Two people per site is what we are looking for.  If you have a large tent or tarp that can be set up to give shade and rest — that would be wonderful.


Water will be available at these rest stops, but people should also bring their own water, food and beverages.


The opening ceremony starts at NOON but walkers may join at any time and at any drum site location.  Walking will be 80% on two track or the AAA.  Only one leg will be walking through a Jack Pine forest and this will be marked.


Please visit www.standfortheland.com and http://www.savethewildup.org/  for updates and additional information.  There will be a map posted before the date of the event.


We need LOTS OF PEOPLE.  Please spread the word in any way you can.  Far and wide — we need a gathering of the people.  This will be a safe event — please come.  This is a very important ceremony that needs to be done at this place and at this time.


. . . and the people will pass from one drum to the next until it is done”

MAP:     Eagle-2


Humboldt Mill Written Comment

Written Comments:

Can be mailed to the DEQ at deq-kennecott-humboldt-mill-comments@michigan.gov until December 29th at 5:00pm. If you wish to mail your response, it can be sent to the DEQ at Office of Geological Survey, PO Box 30256, Lansing Michigan 48909-7756. Please Refer to the “DEQ Information” Link below for complete copies of the permit application.

Kennecott Humboldt Mill Public Hearing

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a consolidated public hearing on the Kennecott Humboldt Mill Project at Westwood High School Auditorium, 300 Westwood Dr., Ishpeming, MI 49849, on December 1, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Talking Points, and General Info:

~Mine Engineer’s Question Sheet

~Save The Wild U.P.’s Talking Points

DEQ Information:


An informational meeting will be held on

Monday, November 30

6:30 – Marquette Room in the UC Center on NMU campus  (south entrance near hospital)

TALKING POINTS provided by Michelle Halley and SWUP