Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination

Working to Protect Our Environment Since 1978

Member of the Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health, and EarthShare of Michigan

Our Mission

CACC stands for Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, a regional grassroots environmental organization centered in the Great Lakes to foster awareness of environmental issues through a network of citizens and organizations. CACC has been working to protect our environment since 1978.

CACC has a Facebook Page!

If you are a Facebook user, jump over and like our page. Facebook will be a quick, nimble means of communication from CACC leadership to our members. Organization members and others who use Facebook can use this page to find out about upcoming CACC events, volunteer/activism opportunities. Keep on top of the news on Facebook, and invite your friends to like our Facebook page so we can build a large network.


Thanks to our wonderful Wheatland volunteers and CACC's talented Chef, Connie for another successful weekend at CACC's Kitchen at the annual Wheatland Music Festival! You all are amazing! - Tell your friends about us and join us again next year at Wheatland, Sept. 11, 12 and 13, for great cooking, great fun and great music! Thank you to the CACC Volunteers from the CACC Board of Directors!

Chris Grobbel, Ph. D. will speak at CACC's GMM, October 4th on:
“Environmental Risks from Michigan Oil and Gas Development
- What Can We Do?”

Chris Grobbel, Ph. D.We invite you to learn more! - Christopher Grobbel, Ph. D., a practicing environmental consultant based in Traverse City and an adjunct professor, teaching environmental science, law and policy at MSU since 1992, will highlight CACC’s General Membership Meeting (GMM), Saturday, October 4th, 2014. Our GMM also includes our Annual Potluck and Silent Auction and takes place from 1PM – 5PM at Spikehorn Lodge, Mystic Lake YMCA Camp, Lake Station, MI, about a mile west of the town of Lake on U.S. 10 (Clare County). Directions:

We invite you to help CACC set our priorities and work for 2015. Bring a dish to pass, your passion and optimism, your most critical watershed issues, and gently used or new items for the Silent Auction. Come prepared to bid at the auction, which helps fund next year’s programs and operating expenses. This event is open to our membership and the public. Print or view a flyer here.

(Photo by Marian Kromkowski)



Help CACC Celebrate the Life of Harold Stokes

Harold Stokes, longtime CACC director and legendary volunteer for decades at CACC’s Kitchen at Wheatland, passed from this earth on July 19, 2014. We are planning to celebrate the life and work of Harold Stokes in our next newsletter, with your help! - Please send your short stories, special memories, and photos of Harold to Tanya Cabala, CACC news editor at We’ll print as many as possible in the next newsletter. See Help CACC Remember Harold Stokes" in our Summer 2014 newsletter.

The Gaelic League of Detroit is also hosting a celebration of Harold's life September 21st, Sunday, 1pm – 7pm.  Everyone welcome. See CACC's Calendar for details.

CACC endorses Nuclear Free Carbon Free contingent to NYC People's Climate March

September 21st, 2014. Join the March! See: for more information. Hearings start Sept. 9th on proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron. Attend or listen at: to the online webcast. For details, see: CACC's Safe Energy Page. 

Newsletter 36-3 is posted

A Mixed Victory en route to stopping Air Pollution

NEW! You may become a member or renew your membership using PayPal. CACC can also accept your donation by PayPal and you will receive a receipt immediately following the transaction.

The Great Lakes Health Banner has a beautiful new panel, thanks to Voices for Earth Justice, a non-profit group based in Southfield, Michigan, whose members are dedicated to protecting the Earth and lessening the impact of our human footstep.

Voices for Earth Justice provide retreats, workshops & a speakers bureau, sustainable gardening experiences - and much more.

"The global environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples. The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust." - The Earth Charter

---- from Voices for Earth Justice, on their website

one panel
Artist: Sharon Agee, Photo by Gary Michaels.

You are invited to participate in The Great Lakes Health Banner Project

The magnificent Great Lakes Health Banner, representing environmental health concerns of approximately 80 diverse Great Lakes organizations was inspired by the first Health Banner, which was created by the Environmental Health Network, a national group based in Louisiana.

The Great Lakes Health Banner was formally introduced at CACC's Backyard ECO-Conference in 1991. This powerful visual speaks for the protection of the health of our communities and the Great Lakes Watershed. Gretchen Michaels, CACC Director, has teamed with Maryann Stroup of Families for Environmental Health Awareness, the project's original director, to bring new life to this important grassroots art project.

Contributions toward this project will be appreciated and are tax deductible under IRS rules. A contribution of $12 or more will underwrite a square for the Banner.

Check for further information on our Great Lakes Health Banner Page.

Contact Information

Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
8735 Maple Grove Road
Lake, MI 48632-9511

Phone: 989-544-3318

Please be aware that the CACC office is not regularly staffed. Please address any urgent or emergency concerns to the board member nearest you, or our Chairperson from the board page.

Dr. Linda Birnbaum made a presentation on Dioxins in Saginaw, Michigan on April 13, 2005 and was kind enough to grant CACC permission to publish in on our site. You may view it here.