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GLIN==> From Black Lagoon to Ellias Cove - Success Story



Title: From Black Lagoon to Ellias Cove - Success Story
Michigan Sea Grant — News Tip-sheet

Great Lakes / Detroit River Success Story:
>From Black Lagoon to Ellias Cove

Scientists, educators, federal and state government agencies and others are celebrating the restoration of the Black Lagoon. Once contaminated with oil, mercury, lead, zinc and PCBs, the now restored embayment of the Detroit River is an example of clean-up efforts.
 
Event: Monday, June 18th at 9:30 AM
Location: Meyer Ellias Park, Trenton, MI
At this event, the Black Lagoon will be officially renamed Ellias Cove.  Organizers will also announce plans for a new marina development designed to increase recreational access to this newly restored natural resource.
Contacts: Dr. Russel Kreis, U.S. EPA, 734-692-7615; or Dr. John Hartig, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 734-692-7608

Attendees:
City of Trenton, Senator Levin, Congressman Dingell, Congressman Conyers, and others.

Background: 25 years ago EPA scientists discovered that sediment samples from a small backwater embayment (Black Lagoon) on the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River were black with oil and grease and contained other contaminants, including mercury, lead, zinc and PCBs.  
 
The research performed in the mid 1980s helped to establish the U.S.-Canada-Detroit River Remedial Action Plan.  Since this time, a number of efforts have been underway to clean up the contamination and restore this and other areas along the Detroit River.  Among these efforts include the establishment of the Detroit American Heritage River, the enactment of the Great Lakes Legacy Act and the Clean Michigan Initiative.  Michigan Sea Grant led the effort to earn the American Heritage River designation for the Detroit River in 1998.  
 
Collaborative Partners:
City of Trenton
Detroit River RAP
Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
JJR
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition’s Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Sea Grant
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. EPA
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Elizabeth LaPorte | Michigan Sea Grant
Communications Dir. & Education Co-leader
elzblap@umich.edu |  www.miseagrant.umich.edu
734 647-0767 | Fax: 647-0768
Univ. of Mich. School of Natural Resources & Environment
4044 Dana Bldg., 440 Church St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041