Michigan DNR extends deadline on Ontonagon trail well
Written by Jesse Baroka on February 3, 2023
GREENLAND TOWNSHIP – The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is extending the deadline to shut down a roadside water access site on the Bill Nichols trail in Greenland Township in Ontonagon County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources asked for the extension and EGLE moved the deadline to February 24th. The extension is dependent on the MDNR committing to maintaining signage saying the water is not for potable use and that it works with local health departments to publicly communicate health concerns associated with the water. Both State Sen. Ed McBroom and Rep. Greg Markkanen have been involved in trying to keep the well open to the public. The well is in danger of being removed under a Michigan law that requires knowledge of the source for any public drinking water. The water source of the well currently remains unknown.