Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Dioxin designation damages area.....

Try crossing the Tittabawassee River any weekday between the hours of 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm. If you're doing this on Tittabawassee Road or Freeland Road, it can be quite a wait!
We wanted to capture the flood at Tittabawassee Road. Sure, you can see the log pileup at the bridge but what really caught my eye was the amount of trash accumulated along the roadside.

You see it everywhere. Otherwise responsible citizens think nothing of throwing their fast food garbage out of their car windows as they head for home after a hard day's work. I guess if nobody sees you do it, it doesn't count, eh? This litter, floating at the edge of what is usually just a hillside, was only a small part of the garbage accumulated between the bridge and North River Road!

A week later, it was gone. Why? My friends & neighbors, Len & Cheryl Heinzman, who live along the Tittabawassee River floodplain, went for a walk... wearing gloves and carrying garbage bags! They cleaned up the whole mess along the strip and put the garbage out with theirs on collection day.

That Len Heinzman is the same person who wrote this letter to the editor of The Saginaw News, which was published yesterday. If you missed it in the paper, you can read it now.

Leonard cares about our community. He is a good neighbor. He's the kind of guy who will clean up somebody elses mess just because it's there. He's the kind of guy who will help a neighbor bury a wild critter that ended up in a backyard after being hit by a car. Leonard is an active, contributing member of Tittabawassee Township. He is also the co-founder of Tittabawassee River Voice. Leonard is a 'stakeholder' in the dioxin controversy in our town. He has met his neighbors, young and old. He has observed firsthand that long term residenst are still healthy. These are people who lived along the floodplain way back when the river would not freeze over in winter... way before Dow started cleaning up after themselves.

Yes, we agree. Dow needs to clean up their own mess, so let's just sit back and watch as they proceed to do it!

Happy & Healthy along the Tittabawassee River Floodplain

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