Thumbwind.com has documented a tumultuous couple of years in the Upper Thumb region. With increased environmental pressure on the Saginaw Bay evidenced by algae blooms, record low water levels and complicated by drought conditions in the upper Midwest the potential for increased challenges to traditional ways of life are now a daily topic of conversation. Thumbwind.com will focus on the following three elements.
How Water Quality Affects Everyone’s Way of Life. – If you’re a retiree to the area, sportsman or a professional farmer in Huron County. The water quality out in the Bay affects everyone. If is green and gross you can’t swim in it, drink it, or use it for aquaculture. Thumbwind will be on alert for changes in this key environmental indicator.
Lake and Well Water Levels – With record lows now upon Lake Huron and Lake Michigan there is no doubt that huge changes and expenses are going to affect everyone. If you can’t launch a boat, or get a glass of clean water in your cottage there is no reason to spend time and money in the Upper Thumb. Last year we noted several major cases of well aquifer stress near Ubly. We will monitor activity in this critical sector.
Local Political Fallout – Environmental events we are now witnessing took years to develop. It’s only now that both political parties are paying attention. We are amazed that the State of Michigan is stepping up to the problem of small harbors being potentially cut off from the Great Lakes. We will keep a keen eye out for activity on any action that affects our way of life in the Upper Thumb.
Besides the serious stuff we will always cover Cheeseburger and the other crazy activity in Caseville, Bayport and Port Austin. This year we will also have contributing editors covering northern Minnesota, Michigan’s UP and Lake Superior region. We hope you will stay tuned for all the shenanigans. It’s going to be a great summer of 2013 in the Upper Thumb and we hope you can drop in from time to time and participate.
- Michigansthumb.com:Local harbors could get state money for dredging (michigansthumb.com)