AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Edie Batstone, iRichard Hardie, iPeter Rimmer, iDominic Caruso, iCheryl Sellers, iW. Craig Reed, iAnn Marquette, i

  Home > Natural History > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Barbara Spring

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· Messages
· 113 Titles
· 238 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Before 2003

   newsletter

Subscribe to the Barbara Spring Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"
Name:
Email:
Barbara Spring, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.



Featured Book
FREE DOWNLOAD The Conundrums of Psychology
by Sam Vaknin

Controversies and debates in modern psychology...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
The Atlantis Crystal
by Will Clark

Digger, a shady archaeologist, becomes involved with smugglers in his desperation to dig in dirt. An unusual find at the dig site starts a frantic episode that leads to m..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members



   Recent articles by
Barbara Spring

Think Globally: Act Locally
In Touch with the World through the WWW
Why I Wrote the Dynamic Great Lakes
Smitty the Mastodont
Black Madonna
A Sea Full of Surprises
Isle Royale
Chauvet Cave
How Many April Greens
Playing Around the Great Lakes
The Ghosts of Petra
           >> View all

You Can Win
By Barbara Spring   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Saturday, July 15, 2006
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2006

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


Winning through the democratic process








You can fight city hall and win. It takes time and patience, but sometimes the results are spectacular.

Years ago we lived across the street from the city park in Grand Haven, Michigan where the elm trees were sprayed with DDT to fight Dutch elm disease. Before the spraying started we were told we could move our car--the sticky spray clung to everything. We had two preschool children at this time and no mention was made of protecting them. When they went out to play, they were exposed to it for a long time after each spraying.

Long after the spraying we would see robins trembling in their death throes. DDT is a long lasting pesticide that magnifies through food chains and the robins fed upon earthworms and died before our eyes. The fish in nearby Lake Michigan were affected even more since food chains in water are long. DDT builds up in plankton, small fish and larger fish. The bald eagle that feeds upon fish is at the end of a long food chain. Subsequent to the spraying eagles began to disappear due to the effects of DDT. Their young did not hatch.

I was reading Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring at this time and I showed it to my husband. His reaction was visceral. He had to do something about it. He marched down to city hall and asked that the DDT program be stopped in our city park. When it was not stopped, he brought experts to explain. City Hall countered by bringing agriculture department experts. This went on for three years before he convinced city hall to stop the DDT program. Then people from a neighboring city came and asked how he had managed to get DDT stopped. Together they formed the Michigan Pesticides Council. We met at Michigan State University. with Dr. Ted Black, Dr. George Wallace, Dr. Howard Tanner, Joan Wolfe and others. We marshaled citizen support. Other groups joined in and in 1969, DDT was banned in Michigan.

It took many years for DDT to purge from Lake Michigan, but in recent years we have seen bald eagles along the beaches and the Grand River that flows through Grand Haven, Michigan. Even the peregrine falcons and ospreys that were also once decimated by DDT have returned.

 

Web Site: The Dynamic Great Lakes



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!



Books by
Barbara Spring



Between Sweetwater and Sand

Barnes & Noble, more..




The Wilderness Within

Buy Options
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




The Dynamic Great Lakes

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




Sophia's Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below

Buy Options
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..






Winter Bugs! Hard cover by Lisa Loucks Christenson

A documentary on insect life during a Minnesota winter. Winter Bugs! April 24, 2009, Winter Bugs! Exhibit opens at White Wolf Creek Gallery in Stockholm, WI. Lisa's Wint..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Lisa's Winter Bugs Exhibit by Lisa Loucks Christenson

Paperback Edition, 2nd Edition Lisa's Winter Bugs Exhibit is a documentary featuring the lives of insects during a Minnesota Winter. Lisa's Winter Bug Exhibit has been fea..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.