I took a drive to a beautiful hidden place that not a lot of people know about on my way home from the cat shelter on Sunday. I learned about it years ago from my ex-boyfriend, who knew about it because his grandparents lived near it years ago. I want you to look at the first three pictures with a panorama in mind, with the first one the right side of it, the second one the middle of it, and the third one the left side of it. The last picture is of an island that I think has a bunch of birds on it but my eyes aren’t that good.
Now I want you to imagine the high point in the first picture is a wooded dune, and that just behind that wooded dune is the vast expanse of Lake Michigan. Which it is.
What you are looking at used to be tall dunes. One company has an exclusive contract to MINE THE SAND, our beautiful sugar sand, and sell it to manufacturers for molds. Every time a 5-year contract expires for this company, somehow or another it gets renewed. This has been going on for as long as I’ve been alive. This is a massive lake that used to be a dune. What may be even more distressing is that on the other side of the road I’m standing on is another lake just like it, that has continued to grow as they continue to mine.
The processes they use on the sand has contaminated the water supply in the area. Residents must drink bottled water. A few years back, they planned on building a giant pipeline to spew their tainted water directly into Lake MI. We were able to convince the head of the MI EPA at that time, Steven Chester, to deny them.
Learn more about sand mining here.