Upcoming Wolverine CAG Meeting on 2/18/21

Wolverine Community Advisory Group

Full CAG Meeting

Online Using Zoom


Thursday, February 18, 2021

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Draft Agenda (all times are approximate)

6:00 PM        Welcome

  • Introductions
  • Agenda Review


6:10 PM        EGLE Updates

  • Upcoming report reviews and public comment periods


6:30 PM        House Street Cleanup Proposal

  • Overview of House Street Waste locations
  • Overview of Wolverine proposal
  • CAG next steps in review and comment on upcoming proposals


7:30 PM        Public Comment


8:00 PM        Adjourn


CAG Mission:

1) ensure that the response activities at the Wolverine World Wide sites protect and sustainably restore the environment for human health, fish, wildlife, and recreation, through community participation; and

2) that important community concerns are articulated, understood, and considered during any related investigation and response action.

CAG Ground Rules:

  • work cooperatively with each other, supporting agencies, and other stakeholders,
  • be respectful of all participants,
  • approach all issues and viewpoints with an open mind,
  • focus on what is important to the community as a whole and articulate community concerns in a way that all stakeholders can understand,
  • seek common ground wherever possible, and present and respect minority opinions where they exist

Debris and Soil Removal to Affect White Pine Trail

Our first regular public meeting was held Thursday, August 15, at the Rockford Freshman Center. Betsy Nightingale (EPA) and Abby Hendershott (Michigan EGLE – formerly DEQ) were our featured speakers charged with bringing attendees up to date regarding recent progress and planned activities. Brent Ritchie (Mannik & Smith Group, an EPA contractor) was also on hand to address technical details.

A perimeter fence has been scheduled for installation at the House Street site to better isolate that property from adjoining parcels. The scope of work involving potential contamination removal is still under development.

However, soil and waste removal will soon begin near the former tannery site. Affected materials are close enough to the surface to potentially contact people in several public access areas. This includes areas of the White Pine Trail as well as near-shore sediments in the Rogue River (adjacent to the tannery site). Work crews are anticipated to mobilize after Labor Day.

Work on the trail and river will require affected areas to be temporarily closed to public use. Containment measures will be used on the river. Trail restoration will result in some areas of fresh pavement.

Elsewhere, additional test wells have recently been drilled at Rockford’s Community Cabin. Regulators hope that the CAG can help forewarn the community about similar developments in the future.

The meeting was covered in local news by MLive.

CAG Formed, Website Launched

Welcome to the Wolverine Community Advisory Group (CAG) website.

Our charter members have held two organizational work sessions to determine the group’s initial structure and meeting format. Additionally, committees have been formed to address leadership, membership, and communication needs.

The Wolverine CAG has also scheduled its first public meeting to be held August 15. Please check back for more information.