Stamas highlights Oscoda assistance funding in budget; upcoming community meeting

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas has announced that the budget recently finalized by the Michigan Senate includes $1 million to help Oscoda residents impacted by contaminated well water near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

“The federal government caused this problem and they need to pay to fix it. In the meantime, we need to do everything we can to ensure the affected residents of Oscoda have access to safe water for their families,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Connecting homeowners to a safe water supply is critical, and this funding will help do that. I have also introduced legislation to hold the federal government accountable and require it to repay the state for our efforts to supply safe water to residents whose well water was contaminated by foams from the Air Force base.”

The funding is included in House Bill 5294, which contains budgets for state departments and the Judiciary and Legislative branches.

Stamas also reminded residents of a community meeting on the issue on June 14.

“The safety of the water is critically important to all Michigan families, and I encourage impacted homeowners to come out to the June 14 meeting to learn more about the contamination and talk with officials about any questions or concerns,” Stamas said.

The community meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Oscoda United Methodist Church, located at 120 W. Dwight Ave. in Oscoda. The event will feature representatives from District Health Department No. 2, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Air Force.

The meeting will cover topics such as sampling results, an alternate water source and the status of the investigation. An open house for one-on-one conversations will run from 2 to 4 p.m.

Health officials will also be on hand to work with residents on an in-home water filter system.