Environment

Ryan Dy of Holland (right) and Tom Fik of Allegan (left) fishing at Allegan Dam
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

People aren’t supposed to eat the fish out of the Kalamazoo River, but many still do. Fish in the river are contaminated with PCBs - the toxin leftover from Kalamazoo’s old paper mills. Eating the fish over time could cause cancer, birth defects, neurological issues, and other health problems. Decades ago the state put up signs warning people of the risks that come with eating the fish, but those signs aren’t reaching everyone.


Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) New public meetings began Thursday about the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. Several state agencies and the authors of a report suggesting alternatives to the pipeline gave a presentation and took questions. 

WRVO

(Oswego, New York) Historically high water levels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are presenting the shipping industry with both challenges and opportunities. 


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Gregory Varnum, Wikimedia Commons / Wikimedia Commons

(MPRN-Lansing) The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

“Watch out!” someone called as a work boot landed with a thud on the banks of the creek that runs by Kalamazoo’s Interfaith Homes.

“Timberlands,” a volunteer notes, examining the waterlogged footwear.


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