Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) director, Ms. C. Heidi Grether announced appointments to the Statewide Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council) on November 20. Established by the recently revised Lead and Copper Rule, the role of the council is to advise the MDEQ on efforts to educate the public about lead in drinking water.
Dr. Stuart Batterman, professor of environmental health Sciences, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is among the nine appointed council members.
The council is charged with the following:
- Develop plans for continuing public awareness about lead in drinking water, including the creation of materials to be distributed by water supplies;
- Assist in promoting the transparency of documents and data related to lead in drinking water; and
- Advise and consult with the Water Supply Advisory Councils on the development of plans for remediation and public education if the lead action level is exceeded; including the development of recommendations for public notification and minimizing lead exposure during construction.
Nine members representing the following groups have been appointed by Ms. Grether to serve on the Council:
Terms expiring December 31, 2021 (3-year terms)
- Stuart Batterman, professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health, representing professors of public health at a university in the state.
- Chris Kolb, director, Michigan Environmental Council, representing an environmental or public health advocacy group.
- Susan Manente, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, representing public health educators.
Terms expiring December 31, 2020 (2-year terms)
- Wes Goodman, executive director – Operations, Clarkston and Lake Orion Schools, representing noncommunity water supplies.
- Jennifer Morse, medical officer, Central Michigan District Health Department; Mid-Michigan District Health Department, representing medical professionals.
- Keith McCormack, P.E., vice president, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, representing the public at large
Terms expiring December 31, 2019 (1-year terms)
- James Moreau, director of Public Works, City of Sault Ste. Marie, representing community water supplies.
- Eric DeLong, deputy city manager, City of Grand Rapids, representing the administrative branch of a local government agency.
- Tom Traciak, principal, H.J. Umbaugh & Associates, representing the public at large.
[Photo: Dr. Stuart Batterman]