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Great Lakes Pollution – Saginaw Bay Muck is Poop

Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

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  1. Bob Siver says:

    It’s been my experience that lakefront property owners are those most likely to deny the role that inadequate septic systems play in polluting Saginaw Bay. They’re quick to blame (correctly, in my opinion) overflow from Bay City and farm run-off (via tiled fields and county drains), but are loathe to accept their own responsibility.

    • ThumbWind says:

      Bob…You make an excellent point however it’s a numbers game. Honestly there just is not enough year around “lake front owners” that would generate the tonnage of feces that is currently floating out in the Bay. Plus how do you explain the Bovine manure? In my 50 years, I’ve never seen a cow on the beach….but I’ve seen their crap going down the Pinnebog river from the Danish CAFOs.

      • Bob Siver says:

        I didn’t mean to suggest that lakefront homes with inadequate septic systems
        were the primary cause, but they certainly are a cause, and it doesn’t seem unreasonable that before pointing fingers at others (however justified) one gets their own affairs in order. However, as I wrote, there seems to be a reluctance to admit that they are a part of the problem.
        You’re correct in writing that there are relatively few homes occupied year ’round. On the other hand, it’s May-September, when the water is warmer and therefore more conducive to algal growth and homes are filled with families and friends flushing toilets dozens of times/day, that inadequate systems are experiencing a demand they aren’t up to handling.
        I thought I explained the bovine manure. It’s spread on tiled fields, then rain washes it into the drains which lead to the river and ultimately the lake.
        By the way, I hadn’t seen a cow on the beach either, until my wife and I were in Northern Ireland last September. We were driving a very picturesque road overlooking the North Channel of the Irish Sea when several hundred feet below us we saw a small herd of cattle walking down the beach. It wasn’t long after that we had to stop the car because of a larger herd of sheep crossing the road- I think they stage those events for American tourists.

  1. May 16, 2012

    […] The news comes just has tourist season begins in the Upper Thumb. This report comes on the heels of earlier story’s at ThumbWind of Algae Blooms that can be seen from space and the problem of muck in Saginaw Bay. […]

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