Photo: Macomb County Public Works

Crews Working To Clean Up White Substance Found In Macomb County Drain

Officials intend to prosecute if they find the culprit.

April 18, 2019 - 6:10 pm

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WWJ) -- An investigation is underway in Sterling Heights after a milky, white substance was found in a drain. 

Macomb County Public Works Office Commissioner Candice Miller says the spill was reported by a citizen at the Burr Relief Drain No. 2, near Mound and 18 Mile Roads. 

Photo: Macomb County Public Works
It is unclear what the substance is or where it came from.

Public Works officials, along with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials, are working to clean up the spill. Crews were installing booms to prevent the material from traveling downstream and into the Plumbrook drain, which ultimately leads to the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.

As clean-up efforts are ongoing, Miller says search is on for the culprit.

“If we can find the source of, the genesis of this contamination, we do intend to prosecute," Miller said. "People get used to just dumping things into the drain and thinking they go away and no one cares. That’s not happening anymore. We do care. And if we find you and you’ve done that on purpose, we intend to prosecute you to the fullest extent under the law.”

Miller says the drain is in an industrial area and it is likely the substance came from one of the nearby industrial worksites. 

Anyone who sees pollution should report it to the Macomb County Public Works Office at 877-679-4337.