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The rumble of thunder The growls of revving engines, rock 'n' roll and summertime blues will again ripple through the air at the 5th annual Walled Lake Thunder hydroplane races on Walled Lake on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.
18 Wearing a bullseye?
The leasing of mineral and gas rights associated with 18,347 acres of land in Oakland County — many of them in close proximity to lakes — at a May 8 state auction has prompted concerns among citizens and local officials alike. Just two oil and gas companies bid on and won five-year leases on the rights. Look at our map to see where.
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As the weather warms, a pair of county stand up paddleboarding experts, Matt Campbell and Mary Radtke, are now offering individual and group lessons on the burgeoning sport that has the attention of Olympics officials, plus other services.
35 A yes and a no 50 Beach testing While one Oakland County lake community recently achieved success in an effort to have a special local watercraft control enacted for its lake, another has been stymied and is renewing its own effort to gain approval for a revised local marine law.
Budget cuts have once again forced the Oakland County Health Division to scale back the number of beaches it monitors each year — including the elimination of semi-public beaches — from over 100 to just 45 public beaches on 37 lakes during the 2012 season.
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he growls of revving engines, rock 'n' roll and summertime blues will again ripple through the air at the 5th annual Walled Lake Thunder hydroplane race on Walled Lake on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. People may come for the race at E. V. Mercer Beach, but they stay for the ambiance: The aromas of steaks and burgers sizzling on the grill, cold beverages with little umbrellas, and crowds of people milling up and down the beach chatting with friends and laughing the day away. As in-board hydroplanes torpedo across the lake topping out at 160 mph, bystanders watch wide-eyed from the grandstands, bask on the beach or soak up the sun. Bayside Sports Grille owner John Semma sponsors the event every year and antes up over $40,000 to put on the race. His monetary backing helps pay for prizes, cranes, equipment rentals and insurance costs. "John is really behind this project," said Todd Clickner, the general manager of Bayside. "It takes a lot of financial commitment, as well as time and effort, to coordinate this event every year." A nine-member ad hoc committee is annually formed to oversee the race and hash out all the details. "We plan out different responsibilities over the course of the weekend," Clickner said. For the past four years, in-board hydroplanes have been jetting across the city of Walled Lake's namesake and riveting crowds. This year will be no exception. "I've met people (at the race) from as far as Australia and all over the map," said Todd McQuade, owner of T & D Enterprises and the race's cochairman. "We get a lot from Up North like Gaylord and Iron Mountain â€” you can't get more north than that." McQuade has coordinated the Walled Lake Thunder event since its inception in one of the only historical lakefront communities in southeast Michigan. He is a member of both the American Power Boat Association (APBA) and Marine Prop Riders, and has lent his expertise to both the annual Quake on the Lake race
held on Pontiac Lake and the Gold Cup race on the Detroit River. "I act as co-chair of the (Walled Lake Thunder) race, along with Jim Sechler, one of our technical inspectors," McQuade said. "Every year, and before the race is done, I start working on next year's race. Each year I attend two to three conventions, and a meeting with the APBA." Over 60 boats are expected to compete at this year's Walled Lake Thunder event, a vast difference from last year when just over 40 boats registered. The event continues to grow and attracts the top racers from across the country. "We have a lot of returning customers, but 8-9 modifieds have not ever been at the race, so these are new teams," McQuade said. Sechler has taken first-place in the 1-liter modified race every year of the Walled Lake Thunder event. He's been racing since 1991 and has trekked all over the country, entering competitions in Washington, Virginia, Louisiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Maryland, New Jersey and Michigan, his stomping grounds. "The Walled Lake Thunder is a real fun race for us because it's local and we have so many friends and family to come out and watch," he said. s the reigning champion in his class, Sechler credits his team members for their stamina and innovation in ultimately bringing home the title. "I attribute winning to a combination of things, but mostly being well prepared," Sechler said. "I'm an engineer and Dan (Kanfousch, the team's driver) is a physicist, so we are always thinking about things and put into practice things we've learned along the way." This year, Sechler expects some stiffer competition. "Our competition gets harder every year," Sechler said. "They are always right behind us and one mistake and they'll pass us up. You must be at the right place at the right time and hope you're prepared." Apart from Sechler, the owner, his team is comprised of Kanfousch, who has over 20 years of experience; and Tim Collins, who drives the team rig
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stock; 2.5-liter stock; 2.5-liter modified; 5-liter; national modified; and grand national hydro. A new class has been added this year: Superlight Tunnel. "Between 7 and 9 of the out-boards race between 40 and 60 mph," McQuade said. "They've been around for decades, so we decided to include them this year." "We have a record number of boats in the race this year, so we're all geared up for it," Clickner said. here will be two Grand Prix boats performing exhibitions on June 9 and 10, with the boats racing up to speeds of 200 mph. New this year will be a half-dozen vintage boats on display each morning. "Anytime you can bring in people to the city in a positive way, everyone benefits," Ambrose said. Hydroplane is the oldest form of specialized boat racing. The boat's motor is within the boat itself. The race driver sits in a capsule while manning the helm. The boat skims across the top of the water, leaving a gap between the boat and the water's surface. The only parts that touch the water are the propeller and the steer fin. The city of Walled Lake was required to obtain a state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permit and pay out sanction fees to the APBA prior to finalizing race plans. Once it sailed past those obstacles, it gathered designs for the 1-mile oval course that took a year of planning. Points are combined for qualifying rounds and finals both days over the weekend. First-, second- and third-place winners will earn trophies or monetary prizes. "Racers earn trophies for first, second and third (places)," McQuade said. "The cash prizes are divided up between first- through fifth-place â€” $750 per class per day, or $1,500 per weekend per class." Like last year, a grandstand will accommodate seating for over 100 attendees during this year's event. While the two-day affair is a highly attended event and attracts racing fans from all over the country, weather is always a factor. "Heavy wind can cause delays," McQuade said.
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Entertainment is lined up during both evenings. On June 9, radio station 95.5 FM will be onsite from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Multiple well-known DJs will alternate playing music from the 1980s up to current Top 40 hits. Then on June 10, 95.5 FM will return from 3 to 8 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., classic rock band Major Woody will take to the stage and get the the crowds jamming. Security will be provided by the Walled Lake Police Department. Five or six officers will be assigned to patrol the event and surrounding area, according to Deputy Police Chief Bruce Kirby. The Oakland County Sheriff's Department will provide a Marine Division boat on the water that will be manned by two Walled Lake police officers. The DNR will also have a presence on the lake, while the Walled Lake Fire Department will remain on standby in case of emergencies. Roads impacted by planned weekend closures include East Walled Lake Drive from Leon to Liberty Street; Witherall from East Walled Lake Drive to Market; Ferland Street from East Walled Lake Drive to Market Street; and Market Street from Liberty Street to Witherall. alled Lake Drive from Liberty to Witherall will shut down at 2 a.m. on June 9. Barricades will be removed by 7 p.m. on June 10. Ferland and Market streets, as well as Witherall and Walled Lake Drive to Leon Road, will close only during event hours. Bayside will provide free valet parking in front of its parking lot at the front entrance on East Walled Lake Drive starting Friday. The main parking lot will be partitioned off and reserved for mechanics to work on the boats. Like last year, attendees can purchase a $10 pit pass to see the different boat motors and talk face-toface with drivers. Registration is June 9 beginning at 6 a.m. and again on Saturday at 8 a.m. Boats will be launched at 10 a.m. "It's such a cool thing for spectators and for the city at large," McQuade said. ❏
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"This means the surface of the land cannot be disturbed," he said. "There can be no drill head or apparatuses on that land." However, that doesn't mean that the oil or gas resources underneath the surface can't be accessed by drilling horizontally or directionally with the drill head in another location. "People could buy the property next door to the acreage leased and go in horizontally," Golder said. "They could also use the (non-development) land to put together a drilling unit. And while the unit cannot be on the non-development land, that land could be included to make a space large enough to satisfy the DEQ's requirement." According to the DEQ's General Spacing Rules, 40 acre spacing is established for all wells in Michigan, although there are exceptions. Ben Brower, the vice president of Jordan Development, said company officials believe the Oakland County land involved in last months lease has oil and gas potential. However, in order to utilize the non-developmental land, the company would need to enter into private leases, as well, to meet the DEQ's drilling unit spacing requirements. Leasing the mineral rights of a specific parcel doesn't by itself grant permission to drill a well. According to the DNR, if a lessee chooses to pursue development of the oil and gas rights, separate written permissions — including a drilling permit from the DEQ — must be obtained prior to drilling. urthermore, when oil and gas rights are leased, that doesn't automatically mean a well will be drilled. The drilling of a well doesn't always tap into commercial amounts of oil or gas. "The DEQ's Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals regulates the drilling and completion of oil and gas wells. The DEQ enforces a comprehensive set of regulations designed to protect Michigan's resources from potential negative impacts from drilling and completing wells," Golder said. These potential negative impacts have caused concern in some quarters, including among protesters at the auction held in Lansing last month. "Some were led out of the room — they had registered as bidders — for causing disturbances during the auction, and one was even arrested," Golder said. The protesters aren't the only ones with concerns. Citizens of West Bloomfield Township have also expressed reservations about the idea of mineral rights being leased in their area, according to township Clerk Cathy Shaughnessy, who crafted a resolution for the township Board of Trustees to consider in order to try
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to prevent any drilling for oil or gas in the township. "The state of Michigan (leased) the mineral rights for about 37 acreage parcels in West Bloomfield," Shaughnessy said. "There were quite a few parcels that were listed near Cass Lake â€” either under or near the lake. And they were nominated (for the auction) by an individual in Traverse City who is involved with a company that is involved with oil and gas. While the law doesn't allow us to forbid it, we are hoping that by passing a resolution saying we oppose any oil or natural gas drilling in the township that we can prevent it from happening." The West Bloomfield resolution also opposes "any and all directional drilling originating in another community and terminating under" the township. "You can horizontally drill from about a mile and a half away," Shaughnessy said. "So, someone could be drilling in Waterford and then underground drill horizontally for a mile and a half to Cass Lake." The resolution passed unanimously â€” at least among the five board members present at the meeting on May 14. West Bloomfield resident Kathy Chiaravalli initially brought the issue to the township board's Kathy Chiaravalli attention. She said she's concerned the state is not making enough money on oil and gas leases compared to the potential environmental risks. "Oil companies make a fortune, yet they don't clean up their messes that well," Chiaravalli said. "I'm just concerned about the water I drink, and the water my kids swim in. I don't like the idea of them fracking near my lakes. If they are going to frack, let's develop clean frack water. Once one lake is contaminated, all the lakes are interconnected through the watersheds. Oakland County is one big wetland." ydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as "fracking," is a well stimulation process used to extract underground resources, including oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, and water. It's used by gas producers to stimulate wells and recover natural gas from sources such as coal beds and shale gas formations, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The process uses thousands of gallons of water, mixed with chemicals and sand, to create fissures in rock formations to release oil and natural gas. A study conducted by the EPA in 2004 concluded that there was little-to-no risk of fracturing fluid contaminating underground sources of drinking water. In 2005, Congress exempted hydraulic fracturing from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
Since then, however, there have been complaints of water contamination following the use of fracking in several states, including Wyoming and Pennsylvania, which has raised concerns across the nation. hile her concerns have not been abated, Chiaravalli, who attended the May auction, said she was pleased by the solidarity shown among township officials. "It's a rare moment when all the township officials are in agreement, and they are about this," she said. While Shaughnessy said board members discussed drafting an ordinance prohibiting drilling in West Bloomfield, they were told by the township attorney that was not possible. "We can't override the state on oil and gas drilling. However, we are looking at including stronger language to environmental ordinances to deter oil and gas drilling," she said. Nevertheless, West Bloomfield's Development Services Director Marshall Labadie shared his opinion in a letter to the township board, that since parcels with mineral rights available are surrounded by lands that are "owned by the township, other institutions, and/or (are) densely developed by many private property owners," West Bloomfield should not have be too worried. "These areas are not ideal for setting up drilling and extraction operations as they would need to procure large areas of land held by private property owners," he further wrote. "The cost of drilling and extraction must be supported by significant volumes of oil and gas that are most likely not available under the small tracts of land available for drilling and extraction. Thus, their business model does not fit. I would be concerned in the rural areas of the state as well as state forests, parks and game areas that house protected species and high quality streams and unique wetland systems. I truly believe West Bloomfield and its surrounding communities are OK." Brower said Jordan Development has fielded calls from concerned citizens. "We have received calls from a few people who were concerned, in particular from West Bloomfield Township. We told them we do not intend to drill in that township. That area is not our focus," he said. Nevertheless, Chiaravalli said a petition drive has been started. "We want citizens who live on the lake to write Gov. (Rick) Snyder and (Oakland County Executive) L. Brooks Patterson because we don't think the state is making enough money to cover the risks. Perhaps they can have auctions where certain areas start at a higher bidding price depending on the higher risks associated with the area being auctioned," she said. More details on the auction can be found at the DNR's website, www.michigan.gov/dnr. â??
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paddling properly. When people take our classes, they are almost overwhelmed how hard it is to paddle efficiently and correctly — the way they are holding their paddle; the different kinds of strokes; pulling the paddle too far behind them; the way the blade is passed forward. All those things are just huge. There's a more aerodynamic and efficient way to pass your blade forward. All those things come together to create your strength and efficiency." Radtke, who spends time on Tipsico Lake and Proud Lake in Oakland County, among others, agreed: "If they don't have the knowledge of the proper stroke, it's really hard to have enough power to fight a wind or a current and you fatigue really quickly," she said. "The main thing of this sport is engaging your core and paddling from your core. It's more of a core stroke instead of just using your arms. Power really comes from your core, not your arms." "A lot of people will say they feel it in their triceps," Campbell added. "Well, if you feel it in your triceps, you're not getting the core workout that it was intended for. You're using too much of your arm muscles. When you're really paddling hard, you're using your entire body. A lot of people don't know how to isolate that within the stroke because, at any given time within the stroke, those muscle groups are changing over from one muscle group to another muscle group, depending on how far you are in the stroke." That's where safety comes into play, according to Radtke. "We have so many concerns in this sport ... because of the lack of knowledge of it," said Radtke, who has been participating in stand up paddleboarding for about six years.
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ampbell, who was introduced to the coatings trade as a pre-teen, spends much of his time promoting stand up paddleboarding and making custom boards for clients. At the same time, he's a leader in research and design for international manufacturers, conducts product testing, and formulates several products that are not only used by Campbell himself, but also by mass producers both in and outside the water board industry. He established c3d Industries due to the growing need in the composites industry to develop a new resin completely different than epoxy, vinyl ester, and polyester. The company's products have a slew of applications, including automotive, aerospace, enhanced carbon fiber properties, composite products, marine uses, motorcycles, sporting goods, structures, wind energy, and industrial flooring. The c3d products, including the non-yellowing Resin-X, provide fast production times, dynamic flex, vibration dampening qualities, and superior chemical resistance over epoxies — all crucial to surfboards and now stand up paddleboards. Resin-X is noncorrosive and produced from products such as potatoes, corn, and wheat, making it more environmentally-friendly and safer than previous coatings. It's not just big, multi-national firms and board
makers that are benefiting by incorporating Resin-X into their products. Resin-X is even being used on the world stand up paddleboarding tour by Hawaii North Shore shaper Robin Johnston, according to Campbell. Resin-X has many other practical uses — boat repairs and dock coatings being just a couple of them. And Campbell has developed and produced a line of Resin-X support products that are more environmentally-responsible. They also aide in the finishing of fiberglass and wood products. Also involved with the No Child Left Inside movement in Oakland County and Heavner Canoes in Milford, SUP EDU can accommodate the busy lifestyles of clients. For example, if a client lives on a lake, they will go to you, according to Radtke. And the sport is not just a one-trick pony, Campbell said. "There's so many things you can do," he said. "You can fish. You can go for a stroll. You can just go hang out. You can do yoga on the board. You can practice long board tricks. You can race. And the appeal is that there are so many facets of the sport, you don't need to necessarily pigeonhole yourself into one particular part of the sport."
romoting stand up paddleboarding requires exposing more people to the sport, so Campbell's c3d company — and his BlkBox Surf company — sponsor racing teams in the Midwest and Hawaii. While c3d sponsors a team based at Hawaii's famous North Shore, the BlkBox label is sponsoring riders in Michigan and across the Great Lakes. For more information on SUP EDU or to schedule lessons, visit them on Facebook or call Radtke at 808-344-1553. ❏
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direct relationship between the density of E. coli in water and the occurrence of swimming-associated gastroenteritis. The recognition of this relationship has led to the development of criteria that can be used to establish recreational water standards. These standards specify that water samples from monitored beaches must meet a one-day standard of no more than 300 E. coli bacteria colonies per 100 milliliters of water, and a 30day geometric average standard of no more than 130 colonies per 100 milliliters of water. If a beach water sample exceeds either of those standards, the beach is closed until bacteria levels drop. Typically, bacteria levels will drop within 48 hours as wind and wave action, as well as ultraviolet light from the sun help reduce bacteria levels. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and sometimes it make take longer for bacteria to die in a freshwater environment, especially if the water is stagnant. Since illness can occur from swallowing water containing even minuscule amounts of fecal matter, it's important to determine as soon as possible if a local beach is contaminated â€” which is why many county health departments routinely collect water samples at beaches for testing to make sure the water is safe for swimming. "We think it's an important component to summer-time recreation. We want to make sure the facilities people use are safe for swimming," Hansell said. Four paid summer college interns will be responsible for collecting beach water samples at the county's public beaches this summer. "These interns are students usually studying environmental health sciences who need internships for a completion of a degree," Hansell said. The monitoring program starts on June 4 this year and will continue for eight weeks, until July 27. "We typically monitor through the last week of July. However, if there were beaches that were still having water quality problems, then we would continue to sample until problems clear up. In that www.oaklandlakefront.com
case, we might monitor for 10 weeks occasionally, but only for the beaches having those issues." Each of the 45 beaches targeted for testing this year will be sampled at least once a week for those eight weeks. If the lab results show E. coli bacteria levels exceed the state contamination standards, the county Health Division will close the beach by sending an intern to post a sign at the beach and by notifying the beach contact person. "If the results would have us close the beach, then we resample (that beach) every day," Hansell said. The closed beach will reopen once the E. coli levels are once again below the state's standards. While being active in monitoring private and semi-public beaches themselves, there are also a few other things riparian residents can do to ensure that E. coli levels remain low. Individuals can help prevent beach water pollution by conserving water; redirecting runoff; using natural fertilizers and compost in gardens; maintaining their septic systems properly; and properly disposing of animal waste, litter, toxic household products and used motor oil. People who use a beach also shouldn't feed the waterfowl or leave their trash because both continuously attract animals that may leave behind fecal matter. As for remaining healthy while enjoying the beach, it's always recommended to wash your hands after swimming or playing in the sand in order to avoid any invisible fecal matter from entering your system. And as for the county eventually monitoring more beaches in the future, Hansell said he's optimistic. "We are making proposals right now that we hope will allow us to add back next year some of those semi-public beaches," he said. "We are trying to include more for next season." For the latest information on Oakland County beach closures, go to the Oakland Lakefront website at www.oaklandlakefront.com, look for the "RESOURCES" pull-down menu and click on the "Beach Closings" link. â?? OAKLAND LAKEFRONT
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Winter Lvl: 1016.70
Winter Lvl: 965.45
Winter Lvl: 927.87 2)
7) Winter Lvl: 917.00
Dawson Mill Pond
6) Winter Lvl: 927.25
Long (Commerce Twp.)
5) Winter Lvl: 992.12
Middle & Lower Straits
1) 2), 3) 6) Winter Lvl: 927.25
Walled & Shawood
Winter Lvl: 932.10
NOTES: 1) Oxford-Multi includes: Cedar, Clear, Long, Squaw, Mickelson & Tan Lakes. 2) Waterford-Multi (WML) includes: Cemetery (Middle), Dollar, Greens, Maceday, Lotus, Lester, Van Norman, Williams, Mohawk, Wormer, Schoolhouse, Silver, Upper Silver and Loon Lakes. 3) The Loon Lake control structure also controls Mohawk, Wormer, Schoolhouse, Silver and Upper Silver Lakes. 4) The Van Norman control structure also controls Greens, Maceday, Lotus and Lester Lakes. 5) Lake Angelus, Huron River and Clinton River levels not under the jurisdiction of this office. 6) The Dawson Mill Pond and Sylvan-Otter Lakes are controlled by the Price Dam. 7) Crystal Lake is controlled by the Walter Moore Dam. 8) Lake Louise and Huff Lake are controlled by the Ruth Johnson Dam.
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