A hundred years ago, lumber jacks rolled logs on the Manistique River that ends at the mouth of Lake Michigan. Today, the sawdust still sits in the riverbed and in the Lake harbor along with eroded sand from the years of log drives. Since those days, the river hasn’t fared much better, instead paper mills deliver PCB’s, small industry pollutes it further as does the waste water treatment plant and ferries, recreation boats and commercial fishing vessels. The result has been numerous beach closings, restrictions on eating fish or wildlife and the actual destruction of wildlife habitat.
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