Published 12:29 PM EDT Aug 13, 2019
A new report says cleaning up some of the Great Lakes region’s most heavily polluted areas has led to billions of dollars’ worth of economic development and brought communities closer together.
The study released Tuesday was conducted by the International Association for Great Lakes Research in Ann Arbor.
It reviews efforts to restore harbors, river mouths and other spots that were contaminated with toxic wastes during the industrial boom era.
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The U.S. and Canada identified 43 such “areas of concern” in the 1980s. Work remains to be done on most of them.
The report highlights 10 places where cleanups have spurred development.
Among them are the Detroit River, Muskegon Lake, River Raisin, Buffalo River in New York, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, and Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront area.
Read the complete report here: Great Lakes Revival (PDF)
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