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Opponents Vow to Continue Fight After State DNR Green-Light's Park West Drain Project


PARK TWP., MI (WHTC) - The Park West Drain controversy apparently isn’t going away anytime soon. Opponents to the 16-mile, six million-dollar project aimed at alleviating flooding in the northern part of Park Township by drawing excessive ground water to Lake Macatawa say that they will appeal a state DNR approval of a permit that would allow Ottawa County to build the drain between 160th and 168th Avenues south from Quincy Street. If the approval isn’t overturned, the group vows to file a lawsuit to stop what they call a waste of money, saying that such flooding that occurred in June of both 2008 and 2009 may not be seen again for another century. Homeowners along the drain may be paying between 15 hundred and eight thousand dollars in assessments. Martha Urbin, the most vocal opponent of the drain, used this issue as the main plank for her platform in not only a failed attempt to gain the Republican nomination for Ottawa County Drain Commissioner in August, but in a write-in effort to be the township’s new supervisor on Tuesday. The US Army Corps of Engineers still must sign off on the project before the county can start taking bids for construction.