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About River Raisin AOC

Map showing boundary of River Raisin AOCRiver Raisin AOC Boundary Map The River Raisin Area of Concern is located in the southeast portion of Michigan's lower peninsula in Monroe County. The AOC is defined as the lower 2.6 mile portion of River Raisin, downstream from the low head dam at Winchester Bridge in the City of Monroe, extending one-half mile out into Lake Erie following the Federal Navigation Channel and along the north and south nearshore zones of Lake Erie.

Sources of Pollution
  • Wastewater treatment plant
  • Power plants, stamp plants and other facilities
  • Agriculture
  • Local landfills

PCBs and heavy metals are primary contaminants of concern. Copper, zinc and chromium contribute the most metallic pollution.

Beneficial Use Impairments

  • Restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption
  • Eutrophication or undesirable algae – REMOVED 2013
  • Degradation of fish and wildlife populations – REMOVED 2015
  • Beach closings – REMOVED 2013
  • Degradation of aesthetics – REMOVED 2012
  • Bird or animal deformities or reproduction problems
  • Degradation of benthos
  • Restriction on dredging activities
  • Loss of fish and wildlife habitat – REMOVED 2015

Learn more about BUIs Exit

Restoring River Raisin AOC