Monday, November 17, 2008

Who wants to go for a dip?

I just finished a conversation with my mom about how she used to swim in the Flint River. It made me think how great it would be if we could somehow get the river back to that relatively pristine state. Then I ran across this item by Ron Fonger in The Flint Journal:
"The city of Flint says it dumped 750,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Flint River on Friday after a 6-inch bypass line broke, the second large sewer spill from the city since last month.

"Untreated sewage was diverted to the river from the city's Water Pollution Control facility for more than 10 hours, according to a report filed with the state Department of Environmental Quality."


  1. Hey, Gordie, you go first.

    The Future Lives in Flint! (just not in the river)

  2. Maybe it's all part of that Biogas scheme... where the river will be teeming with gas before we know it. :)

  3. Someone proposed getting a 'white-water' kayak course going on the river not too long ago. but w/all the pollution from the factories, and human waste in it, it'd be damn near impossible, esp. w/the econ in the river also. It could be a beaut of a river if reclaimed. I knew a guy in Flint that used to trap muskrats out of it, so maybe it's possible? anyone know the half-life of dioxin?

  4. Blinky the three-eyed carp anyone?


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