By Lauren Gibbons
Fights over Michigan groundwater have a chance to be resolved before they get to court under legislation recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The legislation extends a program that was repealed in 2009 as a budget cutting measure. Since then, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality has received about 107 complaints. Only 53 were resolved out of court.
Both well owners and agricultural industries rely on the groundwater flowing deep beneath the earth. In some cases, its depletion can render smaller wells useless — unsurprisingly, disputes result.
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