The spin on this article is negative as regards the dredging. As with all issues there are two sides - TV 8 should have reported it that way without leaving a negative impression. TV 8 should also have reported that some of the nearby residents, many of whom live on the lake, are in favor of the dredging and are personally funding the project.
Speculative comments were televised about the arsenic from the lake possibly affecting Lake Michigan and that you don't need to be a "rocket scientist" to anticipate this. This is an emotionally charged issue with no facts to support it. The fact is that the water and sludge quality of the discharge has already been tested independently and proven to fall within state limits.
This dredging project has been delayed for years by concerns that have been addressed and satisfied in a reasonable manner. The state officials addressed the water quality issue in the meeting.
Meanwhile the lake is slowly dying and filling itself in. Over the last 30 years I have seen the lake progressively become shallower, weedier, and muckier. Lower Scott Lake is no longer enjoyable to swim in.
TV 8 should also know that dredging has taken place as recently as last summer. The water clarity has improved in the dredged area and there are dramatically less weeds.
This project is intended to bring new life to the lake as a state resource and recreational area. TV 8 should report on the positive impact the dredging has already made and recognize the people that have given their time and resources to make Michigan a better place to live for all of us.