From Rashida Tlaib

Community Meeting: Protect the Detroit & Rouge Rivers from Sewage Pollution!
Monday, February 4 from 6:30 to 8pm
Delray Neighborhood House; 420 South Leigh Street; Detroit, MI
Organized by Sierra Club and State Representative Rashida Talib
Do you know what happens when you flush the toilet or where the water goes after it goes down the drain? Do you know where the money you pay for your water bill goes? Do you fish in the river next to a sewage outfall or swim in nearby beaches and wonder why they are closed? Or do you live close to the wastewater treatment plant?

Attend this community meeting and learn about our sewer system, Detroit Water & Sewerage Department's water permit, and how you can provide comments to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Every year billions of sewage (partially treated and raw) pollutes the Detroit and Rouge Rivers when our communities in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties experience heavy rainfalls and send our wastewater to Detroit’s wastewater treatment plant. While Detroit has made many improvements to protect our rivers, there’s still much more that needs to be done to protect our communities. That’s why we need you to attend this community meeting.

We need your help to urge the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to strengthen Detroit’s water permit. The permit is only examined and renewed every five years, so it's critical that we provide our input now so MDEQ can adopt and enforce a permit that will improve our water quality and protect our communities.
Will you help us? Will you attend this community meeting?

Attend this meeting and we will
- share information about Detroit's permit,
- provide a free book on how to read permits to protect your community, and
- help you prepare and write a comment to MDEQ.

If you have any questions, contact Sierra Club at (313) 965-0055. In the meantime, please share this email with your contacts. Also, if you're on Facebook, please share the event page:

P.S. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will host a public meeting/hearing about Detroit's water permit on Wednesday, February 13 from 7 to 9pm at Western High School (1500 Scotten Street; Detroit).
Copies of the draft permit may be obtained via the Internet ( - click on ‘Permits on Public Notice’) or at the Water Resources Division Southeast Michigan District Office located at 27700 Donald Court, Warren, Michigan 48092-2793, telephone: 586-753-3750
Melissa Damaschke
Great Lakes Program Organizing Representative
Sierra Club

Address: 2727 Second Avenue, Suite 320; Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 965-0055

Together, we will protect the Great Lakes!