The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) Drainage Charge is perhaps one of the most controversial topics to hit our region in the past year; yet for many who live, work and play in Southeast Michigan, it’s something that’s only vaguely familiar. Just administering the Drainage Charge is a hugely complex undertaking, one that’s filled with promise for the health of the Great Lakes, but not without its share of potential difficulties. About 22,000 properties that have not previously been billed will soon be charged; this could have a potentially devastating impact on stakeholders, especially churches and other non-profits.
This latest installment of our Member Guest series will deliver on what you’ve come to expect from SMSBF events. “Protecting Our Precious Resource” will feature a presentation by Oday Salim, Senior Attorney with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. Oday brings a lucid and completely relatable understanding of the DWSD Drainage Charge policy and how it’s being applied. Oday’s experience, and in particular his environmental justice background, provide him with a perspective few others command.