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Blair Twp. Residential Wells Sampling Area of Interest (Blair Township, Grand Traverse County)

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EGLE site lead

Mike Jury, JuryM1@Michigan.gov517-242-9578


In the spring of 2024, EGLE received funding from an EPA Emerging Contaminants Small or Disadvantaged Community grant to collect residential well samples in two areas in Michigan, one of which is in Blair Township.  Funding will be used to sample drinking water wells in the area identified on the map.  This area was selected because there are numerous homes downgradient of a fire training center, and firefighting foam containing PFAS was sometimes used at fire training centers. 

EGLE’s contractor AECOM will collect residential well samples from residents who grant access, starting with homes closest to the fire training center. The project team—consisting of EGLE, Department of Health and Human Services, and Blair Township, will review the first set of sampling results and determine any next steps which may include expanding the sampling area farther downgradient.

Groundwater is believed to be moving in a northeast direction.  Soils are predominantly sand and gravel, making the residential wells in this area more vulnerable to contamination than if there was a protective clay layer.

Content posted June 2024


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Drinking water information

Once samples are analyzed, drinking water results will be sent to each homeowner, along with educational information, including how to interpret their lab results.  Filters will be provided as determined by DHHS and local health.  Filters are considered a short-term solution. The long-term solution is to connect homes with PFAS contamination to municipal water.  Additional grant funding will be provided to Blair Township, as needed, to conduct the planning needed to apply for infrastructure funding that would pay for the connections of the homes to municipal water.

The drinking water well at the fire training center was sampled on August 24, 2023, and the result was 2 ppt PFHxS, which is below Michigan drinking water criteria of 51 ppt (and EPA’s proposed federal drinking water criteria of 10 ppt).

Anticipated activities

EGLE and DHHS will evaluate data as it is received and will work with Blair Township to implement long-term solutions for drinking water, as needed.