Lansing is fortunate to have an abundance of clean water for drinking, industrial processes and recreation. Located in the Middle Grand River watershed, Lansing has access to the Red Cedar River and Grand River for recreation. The City has access to the Saginaw Aquifer to drinking water. These are precious resources that require protection to keep them from becoming contaminated and overwhelmed by pollutants. Both point source and non-point source pollution pose a threat to the water supply.
What is Lansing Currently Doing?
The City, in partnership with the Greater Lansing Regional Committee, is working on stormwater management to implement the Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflow program. This effort is addressing the need for separated systems to handle sanitary sewage and stormwater. The Stormwater and CSO program will correct this issue and help the City maintain compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stormwater regulations. It will have a positive, lasting impact on the water quality of the Grand River and Red Cedar River. Not only will it improve public health and the water quality of the rivers as they flow through the City, but for all downstream community and four of the five Great Lakes. In addition, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) is actively involved in regional wellhead protection efforts and works with Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) and EPA to protect our groundwater from contamination hazards that exist in our region.