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Michigan legislators propose new bills for private septic tank inspections after E. coli levels rise

Concerns are growing among the local environmental group, Two Rivers Coalition (TRC) after it had been found that high levels of Escherichia coli (E. coli) have been, and continue to be, found in Van Buren County rivers and streams including the Black River and the Paw Paw River. These findings are based on samples that were taken from the Paw Paw River Watershed, in 2021, and the Black River watershed, in 2022. The TRC believes the high contamination levels are coming from private, home septic systems that are leaking or not being properly maintained in rural areas of Van Buren County.

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