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Response to leaking vessel in Lake St. Clair
Midwest Region, January 30, 2018
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Tug ROBIN LYNN leaking into boat slip along Lake St. Clair, January 2018
Tug ROBIN LYNN leaking into boat slip along Lake St. Clair, January 2018 - Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Lisa Williams at the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office provided technical assistance to the U.S. Coast Guard as they worked to secure approvals and funding to remove a derelict tug, the ROBIN LYNN, from a boat slip along Lake St. Clair, in St. Clair Shores. The USCG has had to perform multiple responses to releases of oil and other substances from this vessel - both from fuels and lubricants on the vessel itself as well as from illegal dumping onto the vessel. Dr. Williams provided information on potential impacts to fish, birds and threatened and endangered species if this chronic release continues and from the proposed removal operation. The benefits of removing this pollution source as soon as possible far outweigh any short term disturbance in this highly developed area. Lake St. Clair supports important fisheries, is an important stopover for waterfowl and shorebird migrations, and is part of the international connecting waterways between Lake Huron and Lake Erie.

Contact Info: Lisa Williams, 517-351-8324, lisa_williams@fws.gov
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