aerial view of Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal
The Lake George Canal is one branch of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal, pictured here. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Photo)

EPA To Clean Up Lake Michigan Canal With Century-Old Pollutants
by Rebecca Thiele, WFYI (Public Media of Central Indiana)

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to dredge 60,000 cubic yards of polluted sediment out of a canal that connects the Grand Calumet River in East Chicago to Lake Michigan. It’s part of a larger project to remove century-old industrial contaminants from the river. 

Every year, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant takes local kids out for activities on the river for Grand Calumet River Stewardship Day. Caitie Nigrelli says since the EPA started removing polluted sediment out of the river in 2011, she’s seen wildlife in the area rebound — which has been great for the kids.

“Many of them got to see a bald eagle for their first time soaring over the river, and they got to see a flock of five or six great blue herons take off,” Nigrelli says.

View full story on WFYI’s website.