Video by: Jenny Kalish
Music by: A Story Told
Each week, Great Lakes Echo features a photo story about a different Area of Concern designated by the U.S. or Canadian governments in the Great Lakes basin. Guess where the area is located, based on the description of the site.
This week’s expert is Curniss McGoldrick, outreach and communications officer for this site.
Summary of the area:
- The river was listed as an AOC in 1987 after pollution from nearby industries severely contaminated local forests and river sediments.
- Located on the biggest freshwater lake, by surface area, in the world.
- “The Sleeping Giant” dominates the horizon over the lake.
- Degradation to fish and wildlife habitats has occurred from PAHs and Mercury pollution.
View Week Fourteen Great Lakes Areas of Concern in a larger map
Last week’s answer: Kalamazoo River, Mich.
Photo credits: Curniss McGoldrick/Lakehead University; Environment Canada; Wikipedia Commons; Flickr: MrDanMofo, ToothpickTower, Share Your Ontario, eewolff, Marc Burr, NWF GreatLakesRegionalCenter, k6martini.