Based on conversations and confirmation from Ridge Point Community Church, Love's Travel Stop does NOT have an approved mitigation site with them as presented at the MDEQ open forum on 2-9-16.
We need signatures/comments on this petition to prevent the MDEQ's approval of the Love's Travel Stop permit application for regulated wetland mitigation.
There is over 1,000 miles of major interstate highway in Michigan and a property in our 175 square mile watershed isn't the only commercial real estate for sale.
Thank you for taking action to protect our environment!
We request your signature and comment on this petition to prevent the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's approval of the Love's Travel Stop permit application for regulated wetland mitigation.
The approval of Love's application would result in:
-loss of natural wetlands
-61% of lead contamination in water is a result of asphalt run-off
-significant light pollution which would impact wildlife beyond the borders of the approved site plan
-noise pollution with an increase of over 700 trucks and cars per day (trucks running throughout the night and air braking)
-increased solid waste (plastic items, cups, straws, and garbage) which will pollute the surrounding Macatawa River, Black River, Lake Macatawa as well as Lake Michigan
-air pollution (over 700 trucks and cars per day)
-potential erosion around the proposed mitigation site
-wasted investments and limited access to the Hawthorn Pond Natural Area and the overpass pedestrian bridge.
-protecting the Macatawa Greenway Trails for hiking and biking
-wasted investment of $85,000 in 2015 from Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and Holland Charter Township
Please sign this petition and comment to protect our community where we live, work and play. Petition and comments are due to Michigan DEQ by February 19th.
Permit Number: 70-771
Project Name: Loves Travel Stop
Concerned Residents in the area (approximately 800 at this point) signed this on-line petition which was started on February 11th, 2016. This petition is continuing to be shared via social media and we fully expect the numbers to grow as more individuals realize the magnitude of this situation and ramifications to follow for decades to come.
We sincerely asked the MDEQ to review all of these concerns about the well being of our Macatawa Watershed Development. The constant theme in many of these comments is "why this location?". Residents feel the applicant is getting a free pass on having to demonstrate many of the items listed in the "Permit Review Criteria" in regards to alternate sites and/or alternate build plans. The entire application reads as if this is only about the mitigation plan versus a full review on the proposed project. Residents are getting the feeling our MDEQ is simply processing an application versus taking measured steps to protect the Macatawa Watershed. This project may be good for the area and our state but residents strongly feel this is the wrong location for this.
Residents would sincerely ask the MDEQ to elevate the review of this permit application to include all aspects of the review process and not just those items presented by the applicant. In addition, the MDEQ is fully aware the agreement in place with Ridge Point Church was misrepresented by the applicant and the church is not moving forward.
Holland / Zeeland Residents