MDEQ makes another wrong turn

Anglers will continue to fight polluting fish farm on the Au Sable River

The following statement can be attributed to Joe Hemming, president, Anglers of the Au Sable Board of Directors, regarding the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of a permit to allow pollution from a fish farm into the pristine Au Sable River

Anglers of the Au Sable is disappointed by the decision of the Michigan DEQ to issue a permit allowing a fish farm to pollute the Au Sable River.

We are pleased that the DEQ recognizes that the fish farm poses a substantial threat given the increased risk of whirling disease in the river and as such is requiring the fish farm to monitor for that disease which has been disastrous to trout fisheries in other rivers.

But we will continue to appeal this permit. We are unhappy that the DEQ continues to ignore the fact that this fish farm will cause harm to the river including the holy waters. The Au Sable River is the economic backbone of Crawford County. To give a permit to allow this fish farm to operate and endanger the fishing economy, the tourism economy and the vacation home economy of the community is simply a bad decision.

Anglers of the Au Sable has already filed suit in Crawford County Circuit Court to stop this facility on other grounds, including the state’s refusal to uphold deed restrictions on the facility and violations of the Michigan Environmental Protection Act. We will continue to pursue those claims and expect to win.

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Anglers of the Au Sable is more than 1,000 men and women from across the nation, created to preserve, protect and enhance the Au Sable River System for future generations of fly fishers.


Anglers will continue fight against fish farm on Au Sable