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Lake Superior hot spot cleaned up in Superior but future of funding in question
By Mike Simonson
KUWS 91.3 Superior WI
Posted November 27, 2005

The no swimming sign is down and the Hog Island area in Superior Bay is clean. Nick Pelletier has the story of getting rid of a century of pollution.

Sixty thousand tons or 3000 truckloads of mud contaminated with petroleum products and lead has been taken out of Hog Island Inlet, a direct connection to Lake Superior. The cleanup took four months and cost $6.3 million to clean up. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle says it is a long and important process. “It is essential that we invest in our environment to do that. For generations people have depended on Wisconsin’s great natural resources for industry and jobs, for the health of the ecosystems and for recreation. Wisconsin is a state where our beautiful natural outdoor areas are not just an important part of our economy. They are part of our heritage. In fact they are part of who we are.” Gary Gulezian is with the Environmental Protection Agency office in Chicago. He says this is only the second so-called hot spot to be cleaned up in the Great Lakes. “Lake Superior will be cleaner because of the cleanup efforts that we have accomplished here. That is not all. This cleanup is the cornerstone for other improvements soon to be underway. Restoration of the inlet, the stream, and the island itself will provide much-needed habitat for fish and wildlife. As well as a perfect setting for birdwatchers, kayakers, fishermen, fisherwomen, walkers and joggers.” The "No Swimming by order of the Douglas County Health Department" sign was taken from the site. Doyle and Gulezian returned it to the Health Department asking them to recycle it.

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