Wayne County Commissioner Joseph Adams told the House State Government Committee on Monday that the DRBC has his county in an economic stranglehold.
Good morning Mr. Chairman and House Committee Members. I appreciate the invitation to present to you this morning.
My topic today involves the economic impact that the DRBC has in impeding new businesses as it pertains to Wayne County and our residents.
The DRBC was created in 1961, primarily to restore life to one of America’s most polluted rivers, as per the DRBC website. The DRBC reports that there has been dramatic improvement every decade for the last 50 years. A large portion of that improvement in water quality is in the upper and central region.
Wayne County is in the upper region and that is the only region that has a DRBC designated “GOOD” status regarding dissolved oxygen and nutrients. We, in Wayne County, are the stewards of good water quality management, with the entire basin being the benefactors. We are being penalized for our good behavior and the resulting “GOOD” status that we created.