Flint River Flotilla canceled due to river overflow
FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) – The Flint River Squadron will be replaced by the Land Pirate Squadron due to the oil spill that occurred in the Flint River last month.
The Fleet Pirates Festival will take place at Tenacity Brewing, located at 119 N. Grand Traverse St. in Flint, on Saturday, August 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The family-friendly party will be open to the public with an admission price of $5.
“We have made the difficult decision to cancel the Overwater Flint River Complex in 2022 in light of the ongoing questions surrounding the chemical spill in the Flint River that began on June 15. We simply did. There was not enough time to ensure our concerns about the spill’s impact were addressed and to plan a safe and fun event for the Flint community,” said Sarah Scheitler, joint director The Flint River Corridor Alliance’s corridor alliance says.
Attendees can look forward to live entertainment, costume contests, treasure hunts for kids, fountains and water toys, food and drinks, and more at the team pirate festival. ship.
“A pirate party isn’t like a pirate crew, but I think it’s going to be a great time,” says Scheitler.
This event will raise funds to support the work of the Flint River Corridor Alliance around the river system in the city of Flint.
“We recognize the dedication of Flotilla supporters, volunteers and employees, and we want to celebrate it. There will be no water events this year, but we hope this party will elevate our Flint River community and continue to spread the word about the importance of protecting the waters that belong to all of us. ,” said Corridor Coalition President Kathleen Gazall.
On June 15, a hazardous material was found in the Flint River. Officials are still testing the material to identify it.
Scheitler said the group is doing their own independent testing on the river, but will not receive results during the festival period. They have also requested information from EGLE about the substance that entered the water.
“We are optimistic that we will receive them soon. But then again, without them on hand, it’s hard to plan an event where we’re going to ask people to get into the river with our bodies,” Scheitler said.
The Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) confirmed the source of the spill was from Lockhart Chemical Company.
Lockhart . Chemical Company premises Identify the main hole in the storm drain According to EGLE spokesperson Jill Greenberg.
The Genesee County Health Department has issued a “no contact” order. Residents are advised not to fish, boat, or swim in the Flint River from the Stone Stairs to the Genesee County Stream.
“We are very hopeful that the river will come back and heal and we will all be able to enjoy it as a beautiful resource again,” said Scheitler.
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