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VOL. 8, No. 5 May 19, 2010

Hello Friends,
Two quick items please?

1. Last reminder: FLG's spring kayak/canoe float is this Saturday, May 22. Join us for a terrific water tour of the Looking Glass' "Lower third", from Wacousta to Portland. (See Trips #5 & #6 in your LGR RiverTrail Guide). Approx 5 hrs. Bring PFDs, lunch, camera, polarized sunglasses, billed hat, sun screen and your adventurous spirit. We plan a shore lunch; but byo lunch. Spot your car @ Portland's "Community Lake" on the LGR.

From the Lansing area: Take I-96 Portland exit #77 into Portland. Just off the ramp a block or so, turn right between the Independent Bank and Burger King. Follow the signs (turn left into the park & meander down the road for a spell). FLG's trailer will be there too and has room for 4 additional boats…1st come, 1st served. Email: to save a spot on the trailer.

Those wanting a shorter trip can either take out or put in at Howe Road, which is approximately the half waypoint. The flotilla will launch from Watertown Twp’s Heritage Park in Wacousta, @ 10AM. We have veteran paddlers and rookies alike. Hope to see you there. This is a great family event for which there is no charge.

For more information visit the FLG website Often: to see what's up on a very cool and almost undiscovered river in this region.

2. On a frustrating note, MDOT's construction contractor (Davis Construction) has apparently been putting trash in the Looking Glass during it's bridge replacement on the LGR on Old 27 in DeWitt Twp. I've traced the debris to the construction site and have photos aplenty. I've had conversations and emails with MDOT's rep and the MDNR-E's area enforcement person is also copied. So far the contractor is blaming the "lunch trash" on others, and they've failed miserably to capture and to collect afterward all the blue Styrofoam and drink cups, bottles and wrappers/sacks. I've collected between 75 and 80 pieces of trash & foam, after seeing it float past my house while they were demolishing the southbound portion of the bridge and removing the center pier. View some of the photos taken of the trash and the construction site, on our website; Click on the photo insert on the homepage's upper right side. Click on the individual pictures to shoot them to full screen. If you share our concern for this blatant disregard for the resource, please email anyone you would like to hear about it, and copy me too please, including:

Jeremy McDonald @ MDOT:
Holly Vickers @ MDNR-E:
State Rep Paul Opsommer @

Thanks everyone -- hope to see some of you Sat for a great time on the river.

Bob Bishop
FLG Communications Dir.