I think the Detroit Free Press said it best on today’s editorial page when they counsel us to LET A LAKE TOUCH YOU THIS EARTH DAY
As a Michigander, you have at your doorstep four of the five Great Lakes……………
Visit a lake, get close enough to hear it lapping the shoreline, stick a toe in it if you dare at this time of year, then step back and scan the horizon. You cannot see where the water ends. And it's freshwater, of a magnitude that is unimaginable in most of the world.
Say what you will about Michigan's very real problems, but we've still got the lakes -- and therein lies immeasurable wealth that must be protected.
The link below will take you to Part 1 of 2 of a detailed story in Review Magazine on the debacle of the dredge disposal site. Written by an aspiring free-lance writer from Freeland, the story covers many people’s perspectives on the dredge site and details the bullying of local municipalities and individuals to get this project off the ground.
In the story, Mr. Koski, Saginaw County’s point man on this project, stated “…. at the very least, the water returning to the river is going to be as dirty as it was." BIG Problem. It’s against the law. You cannot legally discharge contaminated water back into surface waters. The Clean Water Act prohibits it.
From Midland County's former Planning Director
Mr. Maltby a retired professional urban and environmental resource planner is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planers (AICP) and the American Planning Association. Mr. Maltby's comments can be read in its entirety by visiting the TRW web site. He has 38 years of experience in Michigan, Illinois, and New York; the most recent as the Midland county planning director from 1983-1998.
Time to Put the Saginaw Valley in Ecological Order
In view of Governor Granholm’s silence in providing the leadership and resources in cooperation with the counties of Midland, Saginaw and Bay for developing an environmental enhancement plan of action for the Saginaw Valley, I felt it necessary to summarize the findings of the "International Environmental Study: Environmental Enhancement of the Niagara River." I also commented on the environmental enhancement study in my previous essay, "It’s Time to Plan Ahead". (TRW note, see 3/12/07 entry below)
The "International Environmental Study" emphasized the implications and impact of the Niagara River system on the larger regional environmental framework in terms of tourist oriented land use concentrations, transportation, environmental health, landfill and waste management, natural areas, governmental management and coordination practices, air and water pollution generators and vacant developable land adjacent to the river.
The planning approach used to develop the Niagara River corridor plan is applicable to the development of a regional environmental enhancement plan of action for the Tittabawassee River and Saginaw River corridors and Saginaw Bay. The future of the Saginaw Valley clearly depends on the utilization and management of its water and land resources in a planned, ecological order.
Our list is growing
This past week we’ve added 12 more people across the state to our update list. Please continue to share this update.
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council
"Water is the best of all things."
Pindar (c. 522 BC - c. 438 BC), Olympian Odes
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.