Kalamazoo River

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All sections of the Kalamazoo River are open for public use


People who encounter oil chemicals in the surface waters of the Kalamazoo River need not worry about their long-term health. That’s the conclusion of the Michigan Department of Community Health, which released its findings Wednesday.

An Enbridge Energy pipeline dumped a massive amount of oil into the river following a rupture in July 2010. Nearly four years later, the MDCH says people might still come in contact with oil sheen and globules if they swim, wade or boat on the river.

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Lisa Duke stands by a lake at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Augusta. A variety of birds stand near the shore: mallard ducks, Canada geese and, much taller than everyone else, trumpeter swans. With mating season on the way, Duke says they’ve got moves to practice.

"The newer pairs, they do this head bob in unison. So they keep practicing their head bobs and calls together and it kind of reinforces that pair bond," she says while swans trumpet nearby.

Section is part of Enbridge's new 6B pipeline