Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Where's the Concern?

Great Lakes Echo asks its readers to identify an Area of Concern highlighted by a video each week.  Check out this week's Area of Concern below...I think it will look pretty familiar.

Area of Concerns (AOCs) are spots in the Great Lakes basin that have environmental degradation.  The St. Louis River AOC has several beneficial use impairments (BUIs), including:
  • Restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption
  • Excessive Loading of Sediment and Nutrients
  • Degradation of fish and wildlife populations
  • Beach closings
  • Fish tumors or other deformities
  • Degradation of aesthetics
  • Degradation of benthos
  • Restriction on dredging activities
  • Loss of fish and wildlife habitat (US EPA)

  • For more information about the St. Louis AOC, visit the following sites:

    US EPA
    Great Lakes Commission
    Wisconsin DNR
    Lake Superior Binational Forum

    -Written by Jillian Schubert Edwards

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