EFCN Webinar on Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 BY DEIRDRE MASON On Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (eastern), the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) will host a webinar entitled, “Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source.” The webinar is part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems program that includes a variety of partners.… Read More


Village of Bear Lake: August 2018 DRAFT Minutes

[NOTE: The Village does not publish it’s draft minutes until 5 days following the next month’s meeting. They are provided here a a service of Bear Lake News through a 6 month FOIA subscription. Under the MI Open Meetings Act, Approved Minutes MUST be available within 5 days following approval. Draft Minutes are due 8… Read More

Evaluating lead/copper issues during water system construction

BearLakeNews suggests all Village residents receive hand delivered notification of the need to continue monitoring and line flushing during construction work. The number of lead (i.e Pb the metal – not ‘lead’ pronounced ‘lead’) service lines and/or connective brass fittings and fixtures is unknown within the Village water system and older village properties. Confusion arises… Read More

Village of Bear Lake: Water System Updates

A number of subscribers have asked who to contact to complain about the following: behavior of meter installers speeding construction vehicles lack of signage or safety barriers lack of information of which streets are closed or restricted. The Village has declined to provide this information on its own web site. To contact Fleis Vandenbrink, Ken… Read More

Village of Bear Lake – Water System updates

A number of subscribers have been asking where to find up to date information on the daily work schedules for the Village of Bear Lake water system construction progress. The Village web site has minimal information. http://www.bearlakemichigan.org/ ATTENTION BEAR LAKE VILLAGE RESIDENTS… STREET WORK FOR THE WATER WELL PROJECT IS BEGINNING! On Friday, June 8, asphalt grinding… Read More

State of Michigan proposed revised lead/copper rule

http://michiganradio.org/post/mdeq-releases-watered-down-lead-and-copper-standard May 11, 2018: “The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality updated its proposed lead and copper rule to allow utilities more flexibility in scheduling replacement of lead service lines. It also increased the lead action level from the original 10 parts per billion to 12 ppb. The federal action level is 15. Under the initial… Read More

DRAFT Village of Bear Lake Water Ordinance

As the Village of Bear Lake has now committed to a $1.43m loan toward construction of 2 new drinking water wells plus extensive construction on the water distribution system (which includes for the first time water meters) – it has been considering changes to the existing Water Ordinances. https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/ordinances/ordinance-no-2001-01/ https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/ordinances/ordinance-no-2001-2/ https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/ordinances/ordinance-2012-1/ https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/ordinances/ordinance-no-2003-04/ https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/ordinances/ordinance-2015-2-prohibition-of-use-of-groundwater/ This DRAFT… Read More

Village of Bear Lake: Special Meeting February 27, 2018

Village of Bear Lake Council PUBLIC MEETING WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT And additional items February 27, 2018, 7PM Bear Lake Village Hall Unapproved Minutes The Special Meeting on the WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT and additional items of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 7:00 p.m. at the… Read More