Lakeview student tries to save Lake St. Clair

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Cody Brown, ‘19 attended the Save Lake St. Clair meeting on Monday, Oct. 2. The meeting at MacRay Harbor was about the threat of  E. coli and pollution towards Lake St. Clair and to educate and raise public awareness. Because of E. coli risks, Metro Beach has been shut down due to farms on the canadian shore releasing hazardous waste.

   Brown was directed to the meeting through Mike Gutow, founder of the non-profit, Save Lake St. Clair, whom he met in his freshmen year when he started his Michigan Waterfowl Warriors Club to give back to the sport he loves so much, duck hunting.

  Brown first got a hold of Gutow asking for a presentation to his club. Brown stated, “I wanted to figure out ways that I could help out Save Lake St. Clair and help Mike through my club.”

  The purpose of the meeting was for  people to voice their concerns and ask the Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, questions. Brown was however disappointed with the youth turnout. He was the only student attendee. Even after he had promoted the conference to his peers at Lakeview through the morning announcements, he felt disheartened. Brown understands the lack of adolescent involvement due to their young age and adjacent priorities, but feels that their participation is necessary to restore the lake.

  “Without the youth, this isn’t going to continue. We’ll start our work now, but who will continue?” Brown highlighted. “We need to get them involved,” he continued, “That should be one of our number one issues.”

  Brown feels that a good way to improve student awareness is to have an assembly hosted by Gutow. -Jessica Van Der Maas

Alice Gmutza, E2020 teacher, was also in attendance at the meeting.

  Gmutza said, “I know water safety is an issue, as do we all after Flint, and I didn’t know the specifics of the issue here in Macomb County; I was curious to know more about what’s happening in our area.”

  

  According to Gmutza, the youngest person there other than Cody, was a 26 year-old woman. And when the woman asked how they planned for the youth to get involved, the lawmakers had no answer for her. “I’m not surprised at all about the student turn out. Young people want to have fun and aren’t concerned about things that aren’t necessarily fun,” said Gmutza. Both Brown and Gmutza agree that awareness is a huge issue in the situation, and that people just aren’t informed.

  Gmutza said that regarding young people and the exposure of the cause, “I think your social media forum whether it be Snapchat, Facebook, or whatever tech that kids are really using and utilizing is the way to get the word out to young people.”

 Gmutza says that the meeting was well worth attending “The part of the meeting that fascinated me the most was biologist, Shannon Briggs. She was the only person there who worked with our Canadian counterpart which I think is sad because Lake St. Clair also borders Canada,” said Gmutza. “As most of us know, E Coli is a major issue, but I still hold out hope because there was recently a project made by students in The United States that was made to combat E Coli in water. ”

  If you are interested in getting involved in saving Lake St. Clair, check out the Save Lake St. Clair Facebook page, or https://www.gofundme.com/savelakestclair to donate.

  If you are interested in reading about this new breakthrough you can read about it here. http://justmeans.com/press-release/students-from-the-united-states-take-top-honor-at-prestigious-stockholm-junior-water

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