Pullman residents counter lake-dredging proposal

Some residents in an Allegan County community sounded off Monday night about a proposal to dredge a contaminated lake. Full Story
mash

Fennville, MI

#1 Aug 18, 2008
I live by lower scott lake and the water doesn't seem that terrible.
GHB

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Aug 19, 2008
Pullman?
Come on, who should be making the decision: Environmental specialists or Pullman residents?
Dave Minnich

Manistee, MI

#4 Aug 19, 2008
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.
A Prius driving hippie

United States

#5 Aug 19, 2008
If you added up the IQ scores of everyone in Pullman and divided it by the number of residence in Pullman, I'm guessing you would end up with an answer of around 6-8. Add the number of high school graduates and you might hit 10. Add the total number of teeth and you might hit 20.

Since: Jul 08

Kentwood MI

#6 Aug 19, 2008
A Prius driving hippie wrote:
If you added up the IQ scores of everyone in Pullman and divided it by the number of residence in Pullman, I'm guessing you would end up with an answer of around 6-8. Add the number of high school graduates and you might hit 10. Add the total number of teeth and you might hit 20.
And most of them can probably spell residents.... Gotcha
LC
Chad

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Aug 19, 2008
The residents should get their local or county government to do their own testing on the lake bed. The state's specialists only have their reputation (and maybe their jobs) to lose if they're wrong about the arsenic. The residents would lose much more. Why do they need to dredge it, anyway?(And I said NEED, not WANT)
qman

Skokie, IL

#8 Oct 24, 2012
is lower scotts lake any better these days or is it really eutrophicating and why is upper scotts lake ok? I am considering buying a small home on the lake for a decent price, please help!
qman

Skokie, IL

#9 Oct 24, 2012
Hey there is lower scotts lake decent to fish but not swim?
Dave Minnich wrote:
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.

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