Michigan has its fair share of environmental issues. Among the state’s biggest issue concerns water quality. Pollution is enormous within the Great Lakes, as can be seen in Lake Michigan and several rivers such as the Kalamazoo and Grand River. The contamination of water includes such things as sewage, dumping of toxic chemicals, garbage, and mercury emissions from power plants and factories. According to Brandon Howell of Mlive Michigan news, who discusses the issues of mercury, “Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that harms growing children and pollutes our environment” (2). Factors like toxins and sewage, pose a threat to the wildlife that depend on the lakes and rivers. Poor water quality could very well possibly be related to poor
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Currently, the board is working to build a cleaner energy plant known as the “Reo Town Plant” located on South Washington Avenue across from the power plant. Nixon, also explains that solar and wind energy are a top priority for Board of Water and Light as it can lead to a cleaner environment for the community (18). Jim Bedford and Tony Pagliei of Flyanglers Online, both tell us in the article “Grand River, Michigan”, that The Grand River receives most of its pollution from the rain carrying these chemicals emitted by the plants that are responsible for emitting them into the atmosphere (2). Citizens who are knowledgeable about the risk factors that toxic chemicals pose to overall health, water quality, and the environment is a necessity so we can understand these threats.
In the Kalamazoo River, during summer 2010, an oil spill broke out killing many animals. Perhaps the most impacted by the disaster were fish, quality of water, and people living within the area. This devastating event caused millions of dollars in damage and the EPA is still working to clean up the mess. People have not been able to eat the fish from the river since the catastrophe occurred because of oil toxins found in the animals. Eric D. Lawrence, an editor for the Detroit Free Press, tells us that the EPA has reopened the river for the public to swim and do other water related activities in, but several citizens still believe the river is “too dangerous for