Thursday, September 18, 2014

Detroit Water Board Adopts Resolution Endorsing MOU, Great Lakes Water Authority (UPDATED)

On September 17, 2014, during a Special Meeting, the Board of Water Commissioners adopted a resolution endorsing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the formation of the Great Lakes Water Authority.  

The Detroit City Council is expected to vote on September 19th on a similar resolution. However, if the City Council fails to endorse the new authority, the Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has the power to do so. 

Oakland and Macomb County Commissions are also in the process of reviewing and voting on adoption of the MOU and the Great Lakes Water Authority. 

Oakland County has a website here with much more information about the Great Lakes Water Authority, including draft Articles of Incorporation here.  Macomb County has posted information about the new authority here

Earlier this week, Crain's Detroit Business published two terrific articles here and here explaining the details of the new authority and how it will impact Detroit and the suburbs. 

Update (9/19): Detroit City Council voted 7-2 to approve the plan for a regional water authority. 

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