Most of the lakes in this region have become choked with floating, submerged and emergent weed masses – such as floating hyacinth, lilies, myrtle, grasses, cattail, willows and Palmetto palms – along with the usual build-up of silt and sediment.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Phelps Dodge Corp. along with the state of Michigan shared the costs of an $8 million cleanup project on Tannery Bay, a polluted bay west of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
When the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) began construction of State Highway 45 West near Clintonville, the project appeared to be routine. Once underway, however, the project took on an unusual course.