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Kalamazoo River Issues


Various civic, governmental, and environmentally based organizations are involved with current issues regarding the river's current health and future. The river is still dirtied with municipal outflow, regulated industrial output, toxic PCBs, and now the more acute studies of non-point source pollutions. These issues are gaining public focus through various federal, state and local groups. They study the loading of specific nutrients into the watershed, like phosphorus, fertilizers and animal waste from farm run-off.

Organizations

EPA
Kalamazoo River Area of Concern
NPL Fact sheet for Allied Paper Inc. / Portage Creek / Kalamazoo River Superfund Site
Kalamazoo River Study Group
Kalamazoo River Watershed Council
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Fish Consumption Advisory
Alliedpaper Inc./Portage Creek Kalamazoo River Superfund Page
Kalamazoo River TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Kalamazoo River Environment's Natural Resource Damage Assessment

PCB Information

ATSDR: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Fox River Watch
Fox River PCB/Cancer Connections
Kalamazoo River Protection Association
Michigan DNR
EPA Region 5

Non-Point Source Pollution

Calhoun County Conservation District
Binder Park Zoo
Kalamazoo River Watershed TMDL

Other Useful Links

CERCLA(a.k.a. Superfund) Overview
Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner
League of Women Voters
Michigan Environmental Council
Riverkeeper