About Manistique River AOC
list of AOCs. A collaboration of local, state and federal organizations are working together to complete the last remaining restoration actions needed to delist the Manistique River Area of Concern. These actions will address the contamination causing fish consumption advisories and restrictions on dredging activities.The Manistique River in Michigan was designated as an Area of Concern under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. $5.2 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is being used to remediate and restore this AOC for removal from the binational
The Manistique River flows southwest through Schoolcraft County in Michigan's central Upper Peninsula, discharging into Lake Michigan at Manistique. It was named an AOC under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1987.
Sources of Pollution
- historical waste from sawmills, a paper mills, and small industries
- High level PCB sediment contamination
- Prior Superfund cleanup
- The last 1.7 miles of Manistique River
- The Manistique Harbor at the mouth of Lake Michigan
- Restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption
- Degradation of benthos – REMOVED 2006
- Restriction on dredging activities
- Beach closings – REMOVED 2009
- Loss of fish and wildlife habitat – REMOVED 2008
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is also contributing to cleanup efforts. The administration’s marine debris removal project is being funded by Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
USGS is determing the quanity of exposure and effects of both historical and new contaminants at AOCs across the Great Lakes.
MDEQ is responsible for executing many of the remedial actions that have occurred at Deer Lake. Additionally, they publish the remedial action plan documents.