A boom across the Gloede Drain in Macomb Township captured fuel plus milky substances that were washed into storm sewers with rain the morning of Sept. 8.

A boom across the Gloede Drain in Macomb Township captured fuel plus milky substances that were washed into storm sewers with rain the morning of Sept. 8.

Photo provided by Macomb County Public Works Office


Fuel spill reported in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 8, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Public Works Office credits a call from a local resident and its quick response to prompt containment of a Macomb Township fuel spill.

A press release from the office states that on Sept. 7, the Macomb Township resident reported a rainbow-like sheen on the Gloede Drain, east of Hayes Road, north of 22 Mile Road.

“The Public Works Office’s environmental resources manager headed to the drain, followed it upstream to the Westminster subdivision and noticed the sheen was more prominent where the Jersey Drain crosses a street in the subdivision,” the release notes.

The department’s response team was activated and an environmental contractor was able to place a boom across the Gloede Drain around dusk.

Seeking to locate the source of the spill, a public works staffer checked some businesses along the south side of 23 Mile Road.

“Behind an automotive repair shop, he noticed a vehicle that appeared to have been leaking fuel and parked very close to a sewer,” the release indicated. “A sheen was noticeable where that storm sewer discharges into the drain.”

The boom captured petroleum and other substances washed into the local storm systems by rain the morning of Sept. 8.

The county reports that a light amount of petroleum remained slightly visible that morning on the Gloede Drain at 22 Mile Road as the water level in the stream increased during the steady rain.

Officials expected the water to flow clearly in the following days.

“Even on a holiday, our team responded quickly, and with the help of environmental contractor Doetsch Environmental Services, we were able to quickly contain this spill,” Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said. “We thank the resident who notified us after spotting a sheen on the water. It’s a great example that shows how together we all must be stewards to protect our waterways and the environment. The drains monitored by our office flow into the Clinton River or its branches, and the water eventually reaches Lake St. Clair.”

The office reminded the public that vehicles leaking toxic fluids should not be parked over or close to storm drains, and that a container should be placed beneath a leak to capture the liquid.

To report a toxic spill or potential illegal discharge, call the Macomb County Public Works’ 24-hour toll-free emergency hotline (877) 679-4337.

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