Lone Tree Council to film Tittabawassee-Saginaw Rivers advisory group meetings

 Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 10:15 AM Lindsay Knake | The Saginaw News By Lindsay Knake

KOCHVILLE TWP. — Videos of the Saginaw-Tittabawassee Rivers Contamination Community Advisory Group meetings will be available online.

The Lone Tree Council, a Bay City-based environmental group, is paying a videographer to film the meetings. Videos will appear on the organization's website or on the League of Women Voters Flint-area website to provide the public with the information.

The first filming was at Monday's meeting.

“We think it’s important to document the meeting,” said Lone Tree Council member Michelle Hurd Riddick. “Since many members of the public don’t come to the meetings, we want to bring the meetings to the public.”

While some advisory members voiced concern about the meetings being taped and the videos being edited, Hurd Riddick said the video will not be edited out of context.

Advisory group President Judith Lincoln said as the meeting is public, there is no way to say, "No camera."

The advisory group members plan to discuss policies relating to the camera in coming months. Lincoln said she doesn’t want members to feel shy about commenting during meetings, and hopes to balance having a camera with full discussion.

Hurd Riddick said Dow Chemical Co. taped meetings related to dioxin contamination, and no one raised their voice about it.

Midland-based Dow Chemical has acknowledged leaking dioxins and furans, chemical byproducts of the chlorine manufacturing process and combustion, among other chemicals into the Tittabawassee River from the late 1890s to the 1970s. The chemical giant has a contract with the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the river system.

The advisory group is made up of residents and community leaders in Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties to provide feedback to the EPA regarding the dioxin cleanup in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers and Saginaw Bay. The group will launch a website, saginawcag.org, in 2012.

The next meeting is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 in Saginaw Valley State University's Curtiss Hall, 7400 Bay.

Rebecca Clark, acting director of the EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment will speak about dioxins at the January meeting.

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