Thanks for sending that, Peebs. I'm glad he responded. Unfortunately, I think the person using "rhetoric", is Vogler himself. He is correct that the property is a landmark. It's been there forever and most fishermen in the area wouldn't want to see it go away. The issue isn't the farm itself, it's that he's turning a "tourist destination" into a commercial outfit. This isn't a farm currently scaled to his size. It's really just a low scale hatchery with limited effect on the ecosystem. This is what he is proposing:
He wants to expand the Grayling hatchery to produce 300,000 pounds of trout a year. That’s more than 15 times the amount produced now. If it comes to fruition, it would be, by far, the largest commercial fish farm in the state.
He wants to use the MEAP verification as evidence of why it's safe. But as he admits, the limits are entirely voluntary and there is zero punishment for violating it. Which his volume suggests will happen almost immediately. Does this sound like a guy that will shut it down if phosphorus levels get too high?
“Monitoring is very expensive. It’s a lot of lab work and I pay the bill. So as you add more monitoring to my operation, you’re impeding my ability to make a living here,” Vogler said, “The reality is that I’m not a non-profit organization. So if I’m going to be here and run this thing and give the community the benefit of the summer tourist aspect, I have to be profitable. So adding more monitoring burdens without being able to demonstrate how that helps – I’ve got a little problem with that.”
The reality is that he is trying to spin a tourist attraction into a commercial farm for his personal gain, with promises he has no intention or liability to perform upon. Here's the true concern he's trying to spin himself out of:
We’re not opposed to the hatchery in principal because it’s really a landmark in Grayling,” Tom Baird of the Anglers of the Au Sable said. “We just want to make sure it’s done right so as not to create a threat to the Au Sable river.”
Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality has drafted a permit that’ll allow Vogler’s operation. If approved, the farm could discharge up to 8.64 million gallons of water into the Au Sable River each day.
The DEQ admits the water quality would decrease, but the draft permit says the decrease is necessary to support “important social and economic development in the area.”
He can get fucked as far as I'm concerned...
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