Picture of Dow Mess
If one picture is worth a thousand words, not much needs to be said. (Click on the picture for a better view). The Saginaw Bay is at the top left and Midland, the International Headquarters of Dow Chemcial is in the left foreground. That is the Tittabawassee River flowing to the right where it connects up to the Saginaw River that drains into the Bay. This illustration is in the MDEQ's latest report about dioxin pollution in the state's largest watershed. The locations in yellow exceed state dioxin safe levels more than 100 times. The locations in red exceed state safe levels by much more than that. Concerned citizens along the river are suing Dow to clean up the mess, while some citizens are just hoping they can dump their properties before anyone realizes how bad things are. Read below for more details.