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June 20, 2012

Photo project a show of concern for activists

Project to capture pollution images from residents of the Tonawandas

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“I’m assuming there will be a lot of photos from the factories,” Freeland said. “One person is going to be focusing on the health of Tonawanda Creek. But others will be showcasing the more positive aspects of the neighborhood in the Sheridan Parkside area, where they’ve put in a sprinkler park behind the community center.”

But the point of the project is largely for residents to investigate pollution in their own backyards and document what they find. Once collected, the photos will be discussed among the community then selected for the exhibition, which is set to take place Sept. 7.

Heaney said she knows that those kinds of grassroots efforts can assist in bringing issues to the forefront and into the public spectrum. She also emphasized that those involved do not need to have a background in environmental issues.

Those who do not have their own camera will be provided one by the organization, Heaney said, while the project itself is free.

“We’re hoping to get folks that have been exposed to a wide range of pollution,” she said. 

The deadline for applications to join the project is Monday. For more information go to www.cacwny.org or call by phone at

852-3813.

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext 4115.

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