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2012 logoOur 2014-15 Annual Operating Support
Fund Raising Raffle!!

State of MI Charitable Gaming Division
License #: R26739
The Raffle is now over for this year. There were 11 happy winners!

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WasteWater Education is deeply appreciative for the support of the following entities who donated the 2014 amazing Raffle Prizes - all centered around our water theme!


A Four Night lodging/meals package at ManisteeLittle River Casino Resort. Black out periods apply.

* Second and Third Prizes: Heirloom Ice Fishing Decoys by Heritage Artist Dave Kober
* 2 limited edition prints from Lindsay Olson
* 4 passes to the Boyne Mountain Avalanche Bay water park
* Bear 916 Effluent Filter donated by Milan Vault
* 4 plush Polar Fleece windbreakers (choice of M, L, XL, XXL) donated by Anua
* $100 Gift Certificate (non-alcoholic products only) from Northern Natural Organics.

lobby LRBOI Resort, Manistee, MIGRAND PRIZE! A Four Night lodging/meals package at the Little River Casino Resort, Manistee, Michigan. Black out periods apply. ($676 maximum lodging value) and 8x$25 food vouchers (maximum $200)

"The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians are committed to, and involved in, the fight to protect Mother Earth, her water, her beings and her place.

The LRBOI Sturgeon rearing program, developed by our Natural Resources department continues to be a model for others who are nurturing and helping these historic creatures to once again flourish in their native waters. Last year, the 10th anniversary of our 'Nme Rearing Program, we released into the Manistee River over 300 fingerlings...arecord number for the program.

Our tribal utility department and commerce department have made inroads in developing proper handling and disposal of waste materials while working with other units of government in the area to improve everyone's efficiency.

Our tribal Conservation Officers, working with the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority (CORA) continually work to protect our waters and lands and to preserve our natural resources for everyone."

sturgeion planting LRBOI Rainbow Bend Manistee RiverWhen the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians needed a new wastewater management system for its casino, hotel and tribal housing expansion project in Manistee County, Michigan they chose innovation and advanced treatment.

The existing onsite septic system was insufficient and tying to the local municipal system was too costly. Thomas Krasovec of VEC Engineering estimated a design flow of 180,000 gpd would be required once the development was complete. Conventional systems were not feasible options.

A Sequential Batch Reactor (SBR) treatment plant was designed to handle the erratic flows from the casino and hotel. A large subsurface absorption field was required due to a need for groundwater recharge. Thomas Krasovec selected High Capacity Infiltrator Chambers for their large storage and infiltrative capacity, which could accomodate peak flows. The chambers would also be significantly more cost-effective.

The current system, installed in 2002, is now being expanded again to meet the continued growth at the Resort - with Infiltrator Systems again being the main distribution method of choice.

Dave Kober koberdecoys.com* Second and Third Prizes: Heirloom Ice Fishing Decoys by Heritage Artist Dave Kober

"In striving to make my decoys as realistic as possible, it became ever more clear that many considered my pieces to be works of art.

Increasingly I began to get requests for show mounted, speciality pieces - and now as many of my fish grace a table top or a showcase as actually come face to face with their intended fishy adversary!

My pieces are now found in private wildlife and folk art collections, museums and galleries throughout the World - they have even been sold at auction at Sotheby's.

I am most proud of being recognized by Michigan State University and Michigan Center for the Arts with the Michigan Heritage Award.

I let the wood dictate what lies within. The shape, grain and texture - worm tracks, knot holes and all - will reveal either a slender pike or an arching graceful Brook trout.

I guess I was an environmentalist before there even was such a word! How can you be an outdoorsman and not care about the preservation and protection of the natural world?

Choice of either: Walleye or Asian Carp!

Asian Carp wooden fish decoyDave Kober, koberdecoys.com Walleye wooden fish decoy

* 2 limited edition prints from Lindsay Olson: Filamentous Bacteria Type 0914, Filamentous Bacteria Nostocoida Limicola II

Lindsay Olson graphic artist Manufactured River Lindsay Olson Manufactured River

"I create conceptual art about municipal waste water treatment. I am fascinated by the science and engineering required to turn sewage into clean water. Most people think of government as an abstract concept. I am delving into this gritty business to learn about the biological, chemical and physical processes used to treat waste water and then create art that highlights this industry.

Water is an intimate substance and for that reason I have chosen to work in textiles for this project. Scientists, engineers and tradespeople work side by side in the treatment plant and the materials reflect this diversity. The art is mounted on a workmanlike, heavy duty canvas and collaged with dress shirts, fine linen, silk, wool and denim. Because water treatment is the foundation for a healthy metropolitan community,the colors chosen lean toward the primary colors: red, yellow and blue."

To see a YouTube recording of Lindsay Olson click here.

State of MI Charitable Gaming Division License #: R26739

Drawing took place 11 am on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Four Points by Sheraton, Kalamazoo, MI

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