Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin Update #129

May 25, 2008




Dear friends,


Once again I hesitated to use this format/Update for something other than to keep you in the loop about the dioxin debacle in our watershed. However, the work we do as environmental advocates is important. It is what we do!


Please take time to join us for this very important anniversary and celebration of thirty years of dedication to public health and the resources of the Saginaw Bay Watershed. Tickets can be purchased at the door  but I need you to RSVP to me about your intentions to attend the celebration.


Join us in welcoming the man who knows the most about these Great Lakes, accomplished writer, author, friend and educator Dave Dempsey, who graciously agreed to be our honored guest and speaker for the celebration. Dave is a former Policy Advisor for the Michigan Environmental Council, former Environmental Advisor to Governor Jim Blanchard and was appointed to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission by President Bill Clinton. 


Good food, music and so many reasons to celebrate. Please lend you voice and blend your voice in support of thirty years of commitment  to many more years to come. I look forward to hearing from you. We remain committed  to fighting for the water and resources of the Saginaw Bay Watershed and this state. Please join as we plan our future course.


Best always,


Michelle Hurd Riddick





Terry Miller, Lone Tree Chair

989- 686- 6386



Michelle Hurd Riddick





Noted Great Lakes author and advocate Dave Dempsey, will be the featured speaker on June 8th, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Michigan environmental stalwarts: the Lone Tree Council and Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination (CACC). Dempsey’s presentation, titled “The  Road Not Taken: Freeing Michigan's Environment and Economy from Corporate Control", will address root causes of dioxin contamination in the Midland and Saginaw Bay area, among other critical issues, and what is needed for Michigan citizens to recover the health of both our communities and the Great Lakes.


Dempsey is the author of two award-winning published books on the environment: Ruin and Recovery: Michigan’s Rise as a Conservation Leader, and On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century. He also authored William G. Milliken: Michigan’s Passionate Moderate. His most recent books are: Great Lakes for Sale: From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps, (University of Michigan Press, 2008), and The Waters of Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2008), which he co-authored.


 Both Lone Tree Council and Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination were launched in 1978, in response to local environmental threats. CACC sued to stop aerial spraying of pesticides in mid-Michigan and won rights for Michigan residents facing the prospect of unwanted pesticide poisoning. Lone Tree Council called attention to the over-budget, problem-ridden Midland nuclear power plant.  Both groups have logged countless hours to improve the health of Michigan/Great Lakes residents and the Great Lakes Watershed.


Terry Miller, Lone Tree Chairperson, said, “With probably the worst known dioxin contamination in the U.S., and the threat of unnecessary and expensive coal plants literally in our back yards, there is much to do.”


"There is an even greater need for awareness and action today than at the time our organizations were founded," stated Ann Hunt, one of CACC's original founders. "Much of the Great Lakes is undergoing ecosystem breakdown, or is dangerously near the tipping point. Children, the elderly and those with immune deficiencies, are especially at risk from increasing toxics and pollution. How can we make changes to protect both the people and places we love?”




The Great Lakes Health Banner will be on display throughout the anniversary celebration. The Banner is an amazing grassroots project with 80 unique panels from environmental, veteran, worker and school groups depicting the ongoing struggle to rid the Great Lakes Basin of persistent toxins and restore health to our communities.


Two long-time, treasured Great Lakes songwriters and musicians, Victor McManemy and Tim Joseph will perform.


The Anniversary Celebration for Lone Tree Council and CACC will be held June 8th, 1PM at the Grand Banquet Center, 660 West Hampton Road in Essexville, (Bay City) MI. There will be a Buffet Luncheon at 1:45 PM, with a Cash Bar. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained from Lone Tree Council C/o Mary Whyte-Manor at 989-684-8371 or CACC C/o Kay Cumbow 810-346-4513. Their respective websites are: Lone Tree Council - www.lonetreecouncil.com and CACC - www.caccmi.org 


Both Lone Tree Council and CACC welcome new members and plan to continue their efforts and commitment to the health of the Great Lakes Watershed for many decades to come.

Source: Lone Tree Council / TRW

For additional articles like this one, go to the Tittabawassee River Watch web site www.trwnews.net. for complete coverage of the Tittabawassee River Dow Chemical dioxin contamination saga.. The source organization's web site link is listed above. The Newspaper / Media page of our site contains an extensive archive of media articles dating back to January 2002. The Newspaper / Media page may be accessed by scrolling down to the bottom of the CONTENTS section and clicking on the Newspaper/Media link.