Combating Water Quality Issues
with Candice S. Miller, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
As Macomb County Public Works Commissioner, Candice S. Miller has responsibility for many of the critical infrastructure components of Macomb County that support the local economy and benefit the quality of life in our communities. She is responsible for the management and upkeep of 952 county drains, all of which eventually drain stormwater into Lake St. Clair. As such, she and her office are able to have tremendous impact on protecting the quality of the lake. As manager of the Macomb Interceptor Drain and co-manager of the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor Drain, she manages a system of pipes and pumps that provide sewer services to well in excess of 1 million people. Other major duties include administration of the Soil Erosion Control Act, review of subdivision plats and management of the Chapaton and Martin Retention Basins. Her office supports ongoing educational efforts to teach both children and adults about the benefits of preserving and protecting our natural resources.
Hosted by: Laurel Hess
Produced by: Heartland Newsmakers Team
Funding for Michigan
The United States Constitution requires that the residential population of the country be counted every 10 years. A complete and accurate count is vital for communities. Census data is used to distribute funding for road repairs, school improvements, and social programs. The number and distribution of elected officials are based on census data. Nonprofit organizations, businesses, and governments use census data to identify community needs and evaluate solutions to difficult problems.
Historically, some populations – including communities of color, low-income households, immigrants, and young children – have been undercounted in the census. Undercounts happen for many reasons. People may not understand the census, may not trust the government, or may not want to share their information. Whatever the reason people don’t participate, undercounts deprive communities of necessary resources and representation.
The next census occurs in April 2020. For the first time, census data will be collected primarily online. The new format may make it even harder for people without reliable internet access to participate.
A fair and accurate count in Census 2020 is vital for southeast Michigan. Researchers estimate that for every person not counted, communities will lose about $1,800 per year in federal funds. As trusted members of the communities they serve, Michigan nonprofit organizations are well positioned to engage on this issue and encourage census participation.