Stretch of Kalamazoo River reopens

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A 1.5-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River, which had been closed for more than a year, is now reopened for public use, the Michigan Department of Natural resources says.

The stretch between the city of Plainwell and the city of Otsego has been the site of remediation work to remove sediment contaminated with PCBs.

The old Plainwell Dam also was removed, and the Kalamazoo River now  flows freely in its historical channel for the first time in more than 100 years.

“With the cleanup complete and vegetation restoration underway, the public can once again enjoy this stretch of the river,” said Sharon Hanshue, DNR Fisheries Habitat Unit supervisor, in a statement.

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