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Ecologists attack city's soil erosion laws

By DAVID STOLL
Two years ago when the City
Council passed the state's first
soil erosion control ordinance it
was hailed by conservationists as
a major step toward combatting
a serious ecological problem.
Now, however, a number of lo-
cal groups including the Sierra
Club and the Ecology Center
charge that enforcement of the
law has been "disappointing."
Problems of soil erosion and
accompanying silt pollution are
most often associated with large
land development projects.
Following heavy rains stripped
away soil from the sites of new
shopping' centers and housing
developments washes into neigh-
boring creeks and drains. Small
streams run a bright tan color

and the silt content of the Hur-
on River rises dramatically.
High silt levels are not only
destructive to wildlife but tend
to clog storm sewers and dams,
aggravating flood control prob-
lems. The great flood of 1968
which inundated large areas of
the city and destroyed a number
of dams is thought- to have been
triggered by high silt accumula-
tions.
The city's Soil Erosion Sedi-
ment Control Ordinance estab-
lishes guidelines on the steep-
ness of grades, holding basins,
bank reinforcement, and vege-
tation cover. The measure re-
quires the city and the developer
to reach agreement on these
areas before a site plan can be
approved,

In a letter to the Council
earlier in the week, the Huron
Valley Group of the Sierra Club
attacked what they termed the
"vague and semi-effective" en-
forcement measures nov pro-
vided under the ordinance and
called for strict "performance
standards."
Much of the rancor felt by
local environmentalists is over
developments at the site for the
Briarwood shopping center.
At the Briarwood site, accord-
ing to Michael Schechtman of
the Ecology Center, "in many
cases they (the city) gambled
that they wouldn't encounter the
kind of rain that would erode
soil from the site. They happen
to have been lucky so far."
The city's Building and Safety

Engineering department has the
responsibility of enforcing the
ordinance.
Daniel Montgomery. the de-
partment's coordinator for land
development says he disagrees
with the conclusions drawn by
environmentalists about the
Briarwood site. But, he adds
that "some corrective actions"
have been taken there.
Jerome Fulton, a graduate
student in Natural Resources
and candidate for County Drain
Commissioner, says the answer
to the ordinance's enforcement
problem is.the establishment of
"performance standards"-water
purity levels for streams near
developments.
Under Fulton's plan, develop-
ers would be held responsible if

pollution exceeded the legal
levels and the standards would
provide "a basis upon which to
assess damages."
Montgomery opposes the plan
saying such standards would
tend to "catagorize" a problem
which requires "a flexable re-
sponse."
Much of the enforcement
trouble, he claims, is a result of
the newness of the ordinance
and the fact that most develop-
ers "aren't equipped" to plan
for erosion control.
Instead of performance stan-
dards, Montgomery urges "edu-
cation" for developers and the
threat of a stop-work order to
make developers cooperative.,Na
stop-work order has ever been
issued under the ordinance.

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BUSINfESS PHONE:
764-0554

Saturday, August 5, 1972 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN News Phone: 764-0552

AIP picks
nominee
for Pres.
Wallace declines
Schmitz Chosen
ST. LOUIS (-Rep. John
Schmitz (R-Calif.) who has
termed the Republicans and
Democrats "the two wings
of the socialist party" was
named the presidential
nominee of George Wallace's
American Independent Party
(AIP) yesterday.
The nomination followed a
telephone speech by Wallace in-
dicating that he could not ac-
cept the nomination and would
not accept a draft due to his
health. Wallace had been the
convention's unanimous first
choice.
"I went as far as I could."
he said. "until I was struck
down." The governor said, how-
ever, "I'm not out of the fight
yet," and that he hopes to
resume an active political ca-
reer when he recovers.
Wallace told the convention
that the party has played and
will continue to play an im-
portant part in national affairs.
The delegates cheered loudly
when Wallace finished and then
minutes later were told that
Arthur Bremer, the man ac-
cused of shooting Wallace at
Laurel, Md., on May 15, had
been convicted.
Schmitz was nominated on the
first ballot after Wallace asked
that the movement to draft bins
be stopped.
Schmitz has been a critic of
President Nixon's policies to-
wards China and Russia and of
his wage and price controls.
Wallace received seven votes
from Massachusetts and one
from Missouri even though his
name was not put up for nom-
ination.
With 231 votes needed for the
nomination, Schmitz got 329.75.
Lester Maddox of Georgia was a
distant second with 55.65.
Schmitz was only eight and
one-fourths votes away from the
nomination when the Illinois
delegation gave him all 26 of
its votes.
Schmitz had announced be-
fore the voting that Tom An-
derson, editor of Farm and
Ranch Magazine, was his choice
for a running mate.
The vice presidential nominee
will be chosen by the conven-
tion tomorrow.

AP Photo
GEORGE WALLACE practices standing and balancing while
recovering from wounds inflicted in an assassination attempt in
May. His assailant, Arthur Bremer, was convicted of the crime
yesterday in Maryland. Meanwhile, Wallace telephoned the con-
vention of the American Independent Party to tell supporters
he could not accept their nomination.
RAGED 4 DAYS:
California fire finally
brought under control

Assailant of
Gov Wallace
found gU1y
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. N--Arthur Herman Bremer
was found guilty yesterday of the attempted assassination
of Alabama Gov. George Wallace and sentenced to 63 years
in prison.
The jury of six men and six women took only 95
minutes to find Bremer sane and decide his fate. The 21-
year old former busboy and school janitor from Milwaukee,
Wis., heard the verdict impassively.
During the four and a half day trial, there was little
dispute that Bremer was the gunman in Laurel.
The only battle which de-
veloped was over Bremer's san-
ity and the conflicting "expertiNe .s
opinions of psychiatrists called
by the court appointed counsel
from Baltimore,
There was a medical con- of the day
sensus from the witness stand
that Bremer . was mentally * NEW YORK W)--The Dick
troubled: Defense psychiatrists CaveWt Sar has been given'a
insisted he was a schizophrenic reprieve by ABCTV. The show
who could not, as the law states, tasheea reewed throgh Deo-
either appreciate the criminality hasbeen butewdlthenugh Du-
of his actions or conform his censer. but wili thes be cat
conduct to legal requirements. month, al to be aired s one
Prosecution doctors main- week.
tained that the defendant had The network further announced
a less severe disorder-a schizoid that beginning in January, Jack
personality-and was fully able Parr will return to ABC with a
to govern his conduct. night-time talk show also to be
In closing arguments yester- televised one week each month.
day, Bremer was alternately de- * BRAVER FALLS,
scribed by Lipstiz as an insane B
"creep" and by Marshall as a Beaver Falls police will be out
calculating, rational person. in fall force at a rock concert
Bremer's conviction, the pros- here ringe.T
ecution said, could change "the they re sponsoring it.
opinion in this nation and the
world that we are a lawless mutual cooperation, police and
nation." young people have been able to
Marshall argued that Bremer understand each other better,"
cooly and methodically plotted said Chief Russell F. Chiodo.
to kill the political figures to Chiodo said the rockfest, free
achieve notoriety and financial and open to the public, would be
gain by selling his diary. held next Thursday in Reeves
Vincent Telli, jury foreman, Stadium at Geneva College.
said one of the factors con- 0 WALTHAM, Mass. () -
vincing him of Bremer's sanity Norsid Industries was producing
and guilt was the diary in which two million McGovern - Eagle-
'the 21-year-old Milwaukee man ton bumper stickers when Sen.
detailed plans to kill President Thomas F. Eagleton withdrew
Nixon and, when that plot fail- from the ticket. Now the firm
ed, Wallace. says it has started printing
"If he can write something stickers which substitute the
like this, he must be coherent," name of Maine Sen. Edmund S.
the foreman said. Muskie for Eagleton's.
The diary was introduced by "We got some very good vi-
the defense. brations on Muskie," a com-
Bremer could be eligible for pany official said.
parole after serving one-quarter, Company president Thomas
or slightly under 16 years of his Cacciola said he's not worried
sentence. about selling the obsolete stick-
The defense lawyer, Benjamin ers. The Smithsonian Institution
Lipsitz, said no decision had in Washington, D ', has asked
been made on either an appeal for five "for historical authen-
or a motion for a new trial. tication purposes' he said.

BIG SUR, Calif. (P)-More
than 1,500 fire fighters using
everything from pack mules to a
U2 spy plane battled yesterday
to contain the last stubborn por-
tion of a 4,100-acre brush and
timber fire in the Big Sur re-
gion.
The fire was touched off by
an illegal campfire and fanned
by 40-mile-per-hour winds ear-
lier this week. It damaged about
200 acres of famed 817-acre
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park,
which remained closed yester-
day.
Many of the nearly 2,000 va-
cationers and residents who fled
the area when the fire broke out
Tuesday were returning. Four
private campgrounds in the
popular coastal recreation area
reopened, and passage was clear
along the Pacific Coast High-
way.
Officials said the blaze was

90 per cent controlled and prob-
ably would be completely under
control by Sunday.
Worst-hit were groves of
madrone, live oak and tan oak,
although some young redwood
stands were burned. The ancient
full-grown redwoods were able
to withstand the searing heat
and escaped injury.
The inaccessibility of the
rugged forest land prompted of-
ficials to draw on unusual re-
sources, such as 25 pack mules
to carry supplies into areas
where bulldozers couldn't enter.
The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration lent a 1J2
reconnaissance plane from its
Ames Research Center in Sun-
nyvale to fly over the area tak-
ing photographs that helped plot
the fire's progress. It was be-
lieved the first time the plane
had been deployed for such
work.

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