Residents frustrated with Bay City muck problem - WNEM TV 5

Residents frustrated with Bay City muck problem

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

One Bay City resident is frustrated.

Renee Jasura said her family can't enjoy the beach because of all the muck.

Jasura said they've had to find other things to do at the Bay City State Recreation Area.

"I've got my granddaughters here today playing and they wanted to go to the beach and I said no we're not doing that. We'll go to the water park and the playscape, but that's it," Jasura said.

She's not alone. Other residents said they want the ongoing murky problem fixed.

"It's gotta be a collective effort of state and local stakeholders," County Executive Tom Hickner said.

He said beach muck has been an issue for decades. Hickner has some ideas on how to fix it.

"Taking the muck and basically bringing it up to shore with some type of a back hoe. I've thought an idea worth exploring would be the equivalent of the equipment that has been used down in the Gulf of Mexico for cleaning up oil," Hickner said.

He said the real progress can't happen without funding from the state. He urges everyone who wants cleaner beaches to contact their state legislator and make their voice heard.

"I know first hand that both our state Senator Green and Representative Brunner are very interested in seeing the park improved," Hickner said.

Meanwhile, Jasura is longing for the day her granddaughters can come and enjoy the shore.

"I don't know what they can do, but I'm sure there's got to be a solution to it somewhere down the road," she said.

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