There’s an ongoing disaster occurring on the Kalamazoo River

Fishing guide Jon Lee with a handful of muck he scooped from the Kalamazoo River near Comstock yesterday
Credit: Sehvilla Mann

The Kalamazoo River has seen more than its fair share of environmental disasters. Hundred of millions of dollars have been spent to clean PCBs released into the river from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. In 2010 a pipeline operated by Enbridge burst and flowed into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo resulting in one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history. That cleanup oil cost over a billion.

Now this

The company that operates Morrow Dam faces a state investigation for letting large amounts of sediment wash into the Kalamazoo River, endangering fish habitats and possibly kicking up contaminants, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

The mud is coming from Morrow Lake, a reservoir near Comstock that was lowered last year for repairs on the dam. The problem has unfolded largely out of the public view, not least because the COVID-19 pandemic has kept some people off the river. But a fisherman and a biologist are working to get the word out.

LINK (via: WUMK)

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