For Thursday, August 5
Contact: Sarah Roberts, Clean Water Action,
Kym Spring, Clean Water Action 616-742-4084
Cyndi Roper, Clean Water Action,
Bethany Renfer, Clean Water Action,
Annual Michigan Beach Report Due Thursday
‘Testing The Waters’ Highlights Scope of Closings
Thursday, August 5th at Metro Beach in Harrison Township Clean
Water Action will release the Natural Resource Defense Fund’s annual
Michigan beach closings. The organization is also conducting a
effort Thursday in
Who: Clean Water Action, Saving Wetlands and Trees, and local activists working to protect Lake St. Clair.
What: Clean Water Action will discuss the annual report and the steps local activists are taking in St. Clair Shores to educate community members about Bush Administration policies that would allow more sewage pollution. Their efforts include gathering petition signatures in efforts to get the St. Clair Shores City Council to pass a resolution.
Where: Metro Beach Plaza Area, Harrison Township
Visuals: Signs, Petitions, Activists, and View of Lake St. Clair
Story: Testing the Waters 2004 is the Natural Resources Defense Fund’s annual guide to beach closings. The U.S. has more than 5,500 miles of Great Lakes shorelines, nearly 23,000 miles of ocean shoreline (excluding Alaska), and 300,000 miles of rivers. Despite the fact that beaches are among America’s favorite vacation destinations, about 45 percent of U.S. waters are still too polluted for swimming, fishing, and supporting aquatic life. Experts estimate that nearly 8 million Americans get sick every year from swimming in or drinking polluted waters.
-- David Holtz Michigan Director Clean Water Action 517-203-0754 East Lansing 313-300-4454 cell http://www.cleanwateraction.org/mi/index.htm