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Toxicology Class Learns About Contaminants Issues of the Detroit River

Date Posted: March 13, 2010

On March 3, approximately 20 students in Michigan State University’s senior-level course, "Topics in Toxicology", learned about the mission and major programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and about the history and current status of human impacts on the Detroit River from Dr. Lisa Williams, East Lansing Field Office

The Detroit River was used as a municipal and industrial sewer for decades and was one of the major contributors to the conditions in Lake Erie which resulted in it being declared "dead" in the 1960's. 

The Detroit River has improved tremendously since then, but still has continuing contamination problems, has suffered from huge habitat loss in the watershed, and is still a source of contaminants to Lake Erie. 
The Service is contributing to the recovery process with the establishment of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, our efforts to monitor and restore lake sturgeon spawning in the river, our spill prevention and response activities, our planning for remediation and restoration of Grassy Island, and our technical assistance to state and federal remedial project managers.


Lisa Williams,

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