Levin Amendments Prioritize Federal Funding for Chapaton Retention Basin Improvements

June 25, 2019
Press Release
Two adopted amendments introduced by Congressman Levin prioritize funds for protecting Lake St. Clair.

Two Fiscal Year 2020 spending bills—H.R. 2740 and H.R. 3055—each passed the House with amendments introduced by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) prioritizing funding to improve the Chapaton Retention Basin.

Congressman Levin spoke on the House Floor last week about the importance of funding improvements to the Chapaton Retention Basin. WATCH.

“I’ve made it my personal mission to secure funding to improve the Chapaton Retention Basin in St. Clair Shores,” Congressman Levin said. “Infrastructure improvements to the Basin are essential and urgently needed to protect water quality in Lake St. Clair and the Great Lakes system. I’m so grateful that the Basin has a champion in Commissioner Candice Miller, whose vision in addressing the issue of Combined Sewer Overflows has been a critical step forward in making the transformational changes necessary to protect Lake St. Clair.”

"Congressman Levin gets it. Our magnificent Great Lakes are a true national treasure. It is critical, therefore, that our federal agencies play a role in protecting, preserving and enhancing the lakes. He has been an enthusiastic partner in our quest to secure federal funding for the transformational change that we are accomplishing at Chapaton and with Lake St. Clair," said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller.

Congressman Levin previously wrote a letter and submitted testimony to the leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee identifying the Chapaton Retention Basin as a top priority for Michigan’s 9th Congressional District.

Congressman Levin also led a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting federal funds for the Basin that was signed by Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland), Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township), Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), Paul Mitchell (R-Thomas Township), Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit).

The Chapaton Retention Basin is a 30-million-gallon Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Facility that opened in 1968, and currently services Interstate 94 (I-94), businesses, and approximately 92,000 residents in Eastpointe, St. Clair Shores and Roseville, Michigan.

The Basin also serves a vital function in protecting the environment by retaining storm water and sanitary sewage flow during heavy rains and then re-diverting to sewage treatment.