Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination’s annual meeting Saturday, June 4 at the Pere Marquette Library in Clare will feature Terry Miller, founding member and Chairman of the Lone Tree Council, Bay City. His presentation Michigan Water: The Good, The Bad, The Worst, will draw on his more than 40 years’ experience in environmental activism.
Terry, a native of Bay County, taught in the Saginaw City Public Schools for 30 years and has served as an adjunct professor of history at Delta College for the past 20 years. He served two terms as a Monitor Township Trustee and on its Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1978, he and five other residents of Bay City founded the Lone Tree Council, a non-profit environmental group, to oppose the Midland Nuclear Power plant. With the plant’s cancellation, the group continued to promote cleanup of watershed contamination, defend both coastal and inland wetlands, and, most recently, educate on global climate change.
Lone Tree Council’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) first publicized the extent of dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River and floodplain, and today he serves on the leadership team of the Community Advisory Group (CAG) that oversees the Dow/US EPA/State cleanup. He is also on the board of directors of BaySail, Inc., a Bay City-based non-profit that conducts environmental education on its two schooners.
The meeting, held in the basement of the Pere Marquette Public Library in Clare, at the corner of 4th Street and Pine Streets (free parking in the lot south of the Doherty Hotel), will kick off at 11 am with the annual meeting, committee and officer reports, and election of board members for the coming year. A potluck lunch will follow (beverages provided) about noon. Terry Miller will start his presentation about 12:45/1 pm. During the event, a silent auction will be held to help raise funds for CACC.
The meeting is free and open to the public.