Delta County Wind Monitor

Advocating for Residents in Wind Turbine Zones

Contact Your Officials


310 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829 Phone: 789-5100

Commissioner District 1 / John Malnar: malnar.john62(at)

Commissioner District 2 / Patrick Johnson, Gladstone, pjohnson(at)

Commissioner District 3 / Mary K. Harrington, Vice Chairman: mharrington(at)

Commissioner District 4 / David J. Moyle: dmoyle(at) / Phone: 235-8427 

Commissioner District 5 / David J. Rivard: koi(at)


Julian Vandecaveye 11314 Hwy. M-35, Perkins, MI 49872 Phone: 359-4477

Benny Herioux 2324 17th Road, Bark River, MI 49807 Phone: 786-5671

Patrick Connor, City of Escanaba Appointment 3405 8th Avenue South, Escanaba, MI 49829 Phone:399-2787

John Denholm 2676 II Road, Garden, MI 49835 Phone: 644-7198

Renee Barron 2948 St. Nicholas 31st Rd, Rock, MI 49880 Phone: 359-4602

Randy Scott 7722 Summit 19.55 Dr., Gladstone, MI 49837 Phone: 428-2414

David Moyle, County Board Representative 1501 1st Avenue South, Escanaba, MI 49829 Phone: 235-8427  email: dmoyle(at)

Dan Menacher, Building & Zoning Administrator 310 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829 Phone: 789-5189

Contact Heritage Wind Energy

Marty Lagina, Founder and Chief Executive:


Safety Setbacks are non-negotiable

The manufacturer's recommended minimum safety clearance for a 495-foot tall wind turbine is 1640 feet. Right now, 22 families in Garden Township are living in the "runaway turbine" zone. Occupants of vehicles traveling on M-183 and other local roads are also at risk. Don't let this happen to your neighbors. 

Setbacks greater than 5 times the height of the full turbine can help preserve peaceful rural settings and keep our residents safe. 

Red Circle= 1320' Delta County Setback     Yellow Circle= 1640' Manufacturer's Safety Setback    Orange  Dots=Wind Turbines     Blue Dots=Residences

Serious Dangers Exist


Personal Safety at Risk In Wind Turbine Zones

"Blade throw, although it's rare these days thanks to design improvements, is a malfunction that occurs when a blade breaks free of the turbine and becomes a very large, very dangerous projectile. Similarly, wind farms that operate in cold climates are also susceptible to ice formation. Accumulating ice can fall or be thrown from turbines, potentially endangering surrounding people and property."

-- HowStuffWorks  

American Bird Conservancy sites Heritage in letter to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

"Similarly, ABC has recently been made aware of the Heritage Garden Wind Energy Site on the Garden Peninsula near Lake Michigan. Also on private land, this facility was built in an important bird conservation area, and is now looking to expand. According to our sources, this poorly-placed wind energy site was built in 2011-2012 with no EA, no Environmental Impact Statement, no Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), and no incidental take-permits. This is despite the fact that endangered Kirtland’s Warblers and Piping Plovers are present and tens of thousands of migratory birds pass through the area each year, including eagles and other raptors. We find it problematic that such a facility was apparently grandfathered in under the new guidelines. Any proposed expansion of this site should make the entire project subject to intense scrutiny under the new rules. In addition, bird mortality at this site should be closely monitored, and in the absence of the issuance of any incidental take permit under the ESA or BGEPA, prosecuted or even shut down if federally-protected birds are being taken."

Read the whole letter...

Bird group proposes ‘legally defensible’ overhaul of federal eagle program

Source: By Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014

A leading bird conservancy group has submitted a detailed plan to the Fish and Wildlife Service that includes revisions to its hotly debated eagle “take” rule that allows wind and other energy projects to injure, kill or disturb bald eagles for up to 30 years.

The American Bird Conservancy’s 18-point plan, outlined in a formal comment letter sent yesterday to Fish and Wildlife, also calls for adopting mandatory conditions for siting wind projects instead of the current voluntary guidelines that the group says in the letter are “hindering FWS’ ability to do its important job of protecting our nation’s public trust resources, including its ecologically-important native birds and bats.”

“If there is one thing recent months have shown us, it is that some in the wind industry have shown little to no respect for or adherence to the voluntary regulatory guidelines now in place,” Michael Hutchins, national coordinator of ABC’s Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign, said today in a statement.

Hutchins wrote the 11-page comment letter sent to Fish and Wildlife.

“Wind energy developments are going up in places they never should have and with little to no consideration for our native birds and bats,” he added. “As a result, we are calling for an end to the voluntary approach and for the establishment of mandatory guidelines, among other things, to better regulate the industry.”

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Birds are Big Losers in a Wind Turbine Zone

"In addition, it appears that there is a greater risk of fatal collisions with taller turbines. This is a real problem, as larger wind turbines may provide more efficient energy generation. Consequently, it is expected that new wind farms will contain even bigger turbines, which will result in even more bird deaths. Future developments therefore will have to give very careful consideration to potential wildlife impacts when planning the type of turbine to install."

--Blog 'Natural Reactions' as quoted in the Smithsonian    


Bats are Biggest Losers in the Wind Zone

Heritage Wind Energy Informed of Garden Township Citizens' Intent to Sue

July 2014: Concerned Citizens of Garden, LLC recently announced their intention to sue Heritage Wind Energy for alleged violation of the Endangered Species Act among other allegations.

The organization hired Susan Topp, an environmental attorney from Gaylord, Michigan, to represent them against Heritage Sustainable Energy.  

Where will the next phase be built?


Yellow highlighted areas show leaseholder land.alt


Video of June 2014 Wind Energy Presentation in Delta County