Working towards a brighter, bluer future in southwest Michigan

Monday, March 28, 2016
Southwest Michigan is known for its natural beauty.

But its main waterway, the Kalamazoo River, faces some big challenges resulting from pollution in both the distant and not-so-distant past.

The potential of this waterway to revitalize southwest Michigan's communities is significant. Cleaning up the Kalamazoo River could mean more development and tourism for communities both large and small.

But getting there will require plenty of dedication and funding.  

In this issue, we take a look at the U.S. EPA's Great Lakes Areas of Concern program in Michigan and how it has played out in the Kalamazoo River. We also talk to one city manager who is waiting for the removal of a dam—and the contaminated sediments that have piled up behind it—to get development in his city moving forward.

Cleaning up the Kalamazoo River

Cleaning up the past for a brighter, 'bluer' economic future in Michigan

Nina Ignaczak

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Michigan's 'blue economy' presents plenty of opportunities for Michigan's economic future. But first, the state must clean up the sins of its economic past.

Kalamazoo River fights to clean up pollution past and present

John Hummer

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Kalamazoo River is impacted by legacy contamination from paper mills and more recent pollution from a burst Enbridge oil pipeline in 2010. What will it take to restore Michigan's seventh-largest river?

Waiting on a dam (removal): Otsego city manager Thad Beard on restoring the Kalamazoo River

John Hummer

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thad Beard wants to see development, fishing and recreation along the Kalamazoo River in the City of Otsego. But before that can happen, an old dam must be removed and some legacy contaminated sediments cleaned up.  
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