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 Regional Collaboration in Resolving Local Wastewater Challenges in Northwest Lower Michigan
William A. Crawford and Dendra Best
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The northwest region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula has encountered substantial population increase over the last 25 years. This growth has created serious water and wastewater infrastructure challenges that have been difficult to solve due to both financial and political issues, and physical topography and geological conditions that limit options . The Northwest Michigan On-Site Wastewater Task Force (NWMOWTF) was formed in 2002 to engage and educate the various stakeholders in our region as to potential alternatives in wastewater treatment and management. The NWMOWTF Board of Directors membership was specifically chosen to emphasize the clear need to have a broad and collaborative base that included local governmental, regulatory, industry and educational representatives. The organization’s goal of educating the policy makers and citizens of this region of Michigan dictates that activities are carried out both in a general/populist manner as well as municipality or subject specific based implementation. This paper details an ongoing project to assist the small community of Benzonia Township, Benzie County Michigan make wise planning, financing and management choices that address the wastewater infrastructure needs of a rapidly growing township.