Kzoo River gets good report after spill

A boom on the Kalamazoo River contains an oil spill. (File photo)
A boom on the Kalamazoo River contains an oil spill. (File photo)

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Almost four years after a massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River, the river is getting a clean bill of health from the state.

The Michigan Department of Community Health spent almost three years studying the water in a stretch of the river in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties to see whether it is safe to swim and eat fish caught there after the 2010 spill, according to a release from MDCH.

MDCH released its report Wednesday, which showed no long-term harm will come from normal, recreational use, which includes swimming, canoeing or wading in the river.

Health officials said that contact with oil sheen or globules in the water could cause temporary, minor skin irritation, the release said.

To read the full report, click here.

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