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Two kayakers float on a blue river surrounded by trees with water plants visible beneath the surface.
Kayakers on the Kalamazoo River in Michigan (Credit: NOAA).

30 Years of Restoring the Great Lakes After Pollution

August 30, 2021

This month we're marking 30 years of restoring the Great Lakes after pollution!

The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system on earth, but industrial pollution and oil spills present challenges for these important freshwater ecosystems and the coastal communities that depend on them. NOAA works on cases like the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, where we recovered $25 million from polluters to fund restoration. 

Learn more about our work in our web story "$25 M Recovered to Restore Natural Resources on the Kalamazoo River" and on the Kalamazoo River case page