August 30, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A man's request to dye the Saginaw River
emerald green for St. Patrick's Day has raised a red flag among
some officials who say the brown-colored tributary may be better
Brad Meyer asked the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality for permission to dye the river green, following traditions
in Chicago and Dublin, Ireland. His request has been endorsed by
Bay County Executive Thomas L. Hickner.
"Each year Bay City has a festive St. Patrick's Day celebration
consisting of a parade that heads downtown towards the Saginaw
River," Hickner wrote. "Dyeing the river green would add to the
excitement of the day without any harm to the watershed."
Others have yet to give the idea the green light.
"I have no idea, but dyeing the river green when it's already
brown does not appeal to me at all because I'm afraid the color is
not going to be green," City Commissioner MaryJane Gorney told The
Bay City Times.
Mayor Charles M. Brunner said Meyer has not said what type of
dye he would use, or where in the river it would be placed.
Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Robert McCann said
the agency will carefully consider the request but said he had not
yet seen the official proposal.
"Our main concern is whether it's going to have any impact on
the quality of the water," McCann said.