Working towards a brighter, bluer future in the Saginaw Bay region

Monday, March 28, 2016
The Saginaw River and Bay have known their share of problems.  

But despite it all, local waterways have gotten steadily cleaner, and people are fishing again. Many critical habitat areas, including coastal wetlands, have been preserved and restored in recent years.

Significant challenges remain. Muck on the beaches. Fish advisories. Contaminated sediments.

Cleaning up the Saginaw River and Bay could mean more development and tourism for communities both large and small all across this massive watershed.

But getting there will require plenty of dedication and funding.  

In this issue, we take a look at the U.S. EPA's Great Lakes Areas of Concern program in Michigan and how it has played out in the Saginaw watershed. We also talk to one of the area's most dedicated cheerleaders about how he was 'bitten by the watershed bug' and has stayed involved in the fight for clean water for most of his life.

Cleaning up the Saginaw River and Bay

Cleaning up the past for a brighter, 'bluer' economic future in Michigan

Nina Ignaczak

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Michigan's 'blue economy' presents plenty of opportunities for Michigan's economic future. But first, the state must clean up the sins of its economic past.

The fish are back, but there's still work to be done in the Saginaw River and Bay

Kirk Haverkamp

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Improvements in sewage treatment, removal of contaminated sediments and improvements to municipal waste water have all made things better for Saginaw's waterways. But the fight is far from over in this Area of Concern.

Bitten by a 'watershed bug,' Bill Wright dedicates life to cleaning up Saginaw Bay

Patrick Dunn

Thursday, March 24, 2016

After the Saginaw River busted flood predictions in 1986, Bill Wright got hooked on cleaning up local rivers. Thirty years later, he's still the Saginaw River's biggest a cheerleader.
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