August 29, 2006
Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester will be
hosting a public meeting in Bay City to discuss the issue of shoreline
muck along the Saginaw Bay coastline. DEQ officials will be on hand to
answer the public’s questions about the source of the muck, its potential
health effects, and what property owners can do to control it.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 31, at 6:00 p.m. at the
Doubletree Hotel in Bay City. Director Chester will be joined at the
meeting by Senator Jim Barcia who has assisted the DEQ efforts to move
this process forward.
“Addressing muck along the shoreline of Saginaw Bay is obviously an
issue of great importance to this area,” said Director Chester. “I look
forward to hearing the thoughts and concerns of the residents of this
region as to how we can best improve and maintain this vast
The meeting will take place following the initial meeting of the
Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative earlier in the day. Director Chester, along
with Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca A. Humphries, and
Department of History, Arts and Libraries Director William Anderson will
be discussing efforts with local leaders to develop innovative approaches
to expand local tourism and economic development in the Saginaw Bay
coastal area while continuing to improve the quality of the environment
and the ecology of the region.
Editor’s note: DEQ news releases are available on the department’s
Internet home page at www.michigan.gov/deq.
“Protecting Michigan’s Environment, Ensuring Michigan’s Future”
Revised August 29, 2006 by Linda Crawford for Pat