Potential water reclassification could set precedent

Potential water reclassification could set precedent

Agricultural groups are questioning the validity behind a proposed reclassification of a stream in southwest Michigan.

Head of the Potato Growers of Michigan Dr. Kelly Turner tells Brownfield the request to reclassify the Prairie River in Branch County is not based on sound science and could drastically reduce the amount of water withdrawn in the watershed.

“It really doesn’t serve a purpose in protecting the fish population because no stream flow depletion or detrimental water temperature changes have been observed or measured, despite significantly increased irrigation in that watershed over the last decade,” she says.

.