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Lowell City Landfill (Lowell, Ionia County)

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Please contact the Site Lead for the most up-to-date status of this site.

EGLE site lead

Daniel Ten Brink, TenBrinkD@Michigan.gov or 616-581-1473.

Background

The former Lowell City Landfill was operated by the City from 1958 through 1983 and is located on Ware Road. The landfill was officially closed due to improper management and maintenance practices. Because of the environmental contamination observed following the closing of the landfill, the City of Lowell began performing an environmental investigation of the property in 2019.

Due to the potential for PFAS-containing waste materials to have been disposed of at the site, the monitoring wells were sampled for PFAS in July 2023. Sampling results identified PFAS compounds in groundwater above criteria at select groundwater monitoring wells. The highest detected PFOS concentration was 18 ppt (compared to 16 ppt) and the highest detected PFOA concentration was 26 ppt (compared to 8 ppt). Based upon these results, the City of Lowell agreed to sample nearby drinking water wells.

Groundwater under the former landfill has been measured to flow generally to the north-northeast. Unnamed drainage creeks are located to the north, which lead to the Grand River, which is located approximately 0.75 miles north of the site. 

Content last updated November 2023.

Map

This map shows the boundaries of the landfill as well as the sampling area.
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Drinking water information

Municipal water is not available in this area and all homes are serviced by private drinking water wells.

The City of Lowell will be sampling select drinking water wells at homes within the sample area on Ware Road, Deer Haven Park Drive, White Pine Drive, Big Oak Drive, Valley Vista Drive, and Riverside Drive.

Sampling is proposed to start November 2023.

Anticipated activities

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will provide oversight as the City of Lowell samples drinking water wells near the former landfill.