The Grand Calumet River in Indiana was once declared the most polluted river in America. It was a dubious distinction for a major river that flows into Lake Michigan, near Chicago.
Thankfully, the Grand Cal is finally on the road to recovery. The state of Indiana and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have spent tens of millions of dollars removing huge quantities of toxic sediment in the river.
We detailed the Grand Calumet’s burgeoning recovery in a 2012 article, which can be found here. The Great Lakes ECHO Web site recently published a two articles that traced the ruin and restoration of a major Lake Michigan tributary. Go here to read the ECHO series.