Protecting Our Water

City Efforts

Wellhead Protection Plan

What is the Wellhead Protection Plan?

In Michigan, nearly half of the state’s population derives drinking water from a groundwater source. Groundwater is also used for irrigation and industrial purposes. In an effort to protect public water supply systems (PWSS) from contamination, the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was amended in 1986 to include wellhead protection. Michigan implemented a voluntary, statewide wellhead protection plan which is comprised of a set of guidelines that help communities protect their drinking water by identifying source of drinking water to PWSS wells, identifying sources of contamination within that area, and developing methods to cooperatively manage the area and minimize the threat to PWSS.

The City of Battle Creek initiated wellhead protection activities in 1989, making it a pioneer in Michigan wellhead protection activities. For over two decades, the City has implemented activities identified in its WHPPs, along with numerous other groundwater and surface water protection activities. The City applies for an annual wellhead protection grant from the State of Michigan to fund groundwater protection efforts. The funding goes toward projects such as: Children’s Water Festival, Annual Calhoun County Calendar, updating the plan as necessary, river monitoring and sampling, and more.

 

The City of Battle Creek Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP)

Residents interested in viewing the city’s Wellhead Protection Plan may come to the City’s Department of Public Works located at 150 S. Kendall St. There will be a PDF version published online once the plan has been updated. 

The City of Battle Creek Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP)

Residents interested in viewing the city’s Wellhead Protection Plan may come to the City’s Department of Public Works located at 150 S. Kendall St. There will be a PDF version published online once the plan has been updated.

Click the link for additional information on the Wellhead/Source Water Protection Plan in Michigan.

The City of Battle Creek Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP)

Residents interested in viewing the city’s Wellhead Protection Plan may come to the City’s Department of Public Works located at 150 S. Kendall St. There will be a PDF version published online once the plan has been updated.

Click the link for additional information on the Wellhead/Source Water Protection Plan in Michigan.

The City of Battle Creek’s Storm Water Management Program (SWMPP)

Residents interesting in viewing the city’s Storm Water Program may come to the City’s Department of Public Works located at 150 S. Kendall St. There will be a PDF version published online once the plan has been updated.

Click the link for additional information on the MS4 program in Michigan.

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)

What is an MS4?

Many municipalities, including the City of Battle Creek, have a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) that collects polluted stormwater runoff and discharges it, untreated, into local water bodies. Storm drains serve as an effort to avoid potential flooding in an area, which is why stormwater is untreated before it drains to local bodies of water. To prevent harmful pollutants from entering an MS4, certain operators (including the City of Battle Creek) are required to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and develop stormwater management programs (SWMPs). The SWMP describes the practices that will be implemented in a community consistent with permit requirements to minimize the discharge of pollutants from the sewer system.

The City of Battle Creek’s Storm Water Management Program (SWMPP)

Residents interesting in viewing the city’s Storm Water Program may come to the City’s Department of Public Works located at 150 S. Kendall St. There will be a PDF version published online once the plan has been updated.

The City of Battle Creek’s Storm Water Management Program (SWMPP)

Residents interesting in viewing the city’s Storm Water Program may come to the City’s Department of Public Works located at 150 S. Kendall St. There will be a PDF version published online once the plan has been updated.

Click the link for additional information on the MS4 program in Michigan.

What is Groundwater Guardian?

From the Groundwater Foundation

The City of Battle Creek has been designated a Groundwater Guardian community since 2001. Groundwater Guardian is a program of The Groundwater Foundation that provides support and encouragement for communities and teams of all types (cities, counties, watersheds, organizations, agencies, schools, etc.) to begin groundwater awareness activities, motivation to continue these efforts, and recognition for their achievements. Check out: www.groundwater.org for more information.

Contact

Questions or comments about this web site, general comments or questions, or to report polluting activities: egpaul@battlecreekmi.gov

Battle Creek
Department of Public Works

269.966.3355

All messages sent to us by e-mail will be read by Battle Creek Department of Public Works personnel, who will forward it to the proper person or organization.

Contact

Questions or comments about this web site, general comments or questions, or to report polluting activities: egpaul@battlecreekmi.gov

Battle Creek
Department of Public Works

269.966.3355

All messages sent to us by e-mail will be read by Battle Creek Department of Public Works personnel, who will forward it to the proper person or organization.

The Battle Creek Clean Water Partnership is the City of Battle Creek; the City of Springfield; the Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner; the Calhoun County Road Department, the townships of Bedford, Emmett, Leroy, Newton, and Pennfield, the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, and Battle Creek Area Schools joining together with the common goal of protecting the waterways in our area.

Battle Creek Clean Water Partnership — Battle Creek Department of Public Works

269.966.3355