Clean It–and They Will Come

     I love learning about–and reporting–good news!  And here is a great story:

      To the astonishment of just about everyone, reports that a beaver was living near an intake canal at Detroit Edison’s plant on the banks of the Detroit River began circulating among Detroit Ed employees. 

     If the reports were accurate, it would be the first time in more than 75 years that anyone had seen beaver activity on this 32-mile long river that separates the city of Detroit from Windsor, Ontario, and flows into Lake Erie. 

     It was highly unlikely that a beaver  could be living on the Detroit River.  After all, relentless hunting of beavers for their pelts during the nineteenth century had meant that few of the animals were left by the early twentieth century.  Then, industrial pollution of the river led to a decline and then to the complete disappearance of beavers from the Detroit River.

     To find out for sure whether the rumors of a beaver’s presence could, in fact, be true, Detroit Ed placed a motion-sensitive camera at the site.  Sure enough, the camera recorded a beaver’s nocturnal gnawings and its movement of logs near a lodge built of sticks and debris on the riverbank.  The company waited several months to share the information with the public, in order to ensure that the beaver and its lodge, on Detroit Ed property, could be protected from any harm humans might cause.  

   The beaver’s presence on the Detroit River is great news for all who value wildlife and clean rivers.  If a beaver can once again thrive on the Detroit River, then clean-up efforts have been successful, according to  John Hartig, Detroit River refuge manager for the US. Fish and Wildlife Service.

     Hartig explains that clean-up efforts over the last 35 years have resulted in a 90% drop in phosphorus loading from municipal sewage plants and a 99% drop in oil discharges into the Detroit River.

     Now that the river is  so much cleaner than it was a few decades ago, other wildlife have also returned.  For example, lake sturgeon, which hadn’t spawned in the Detroit River since the 1970s, are spawning there again.  And bald eagles and peregrine falcons, both of which hadn’t been seen in the Detroit River area in many years, are back as well.

     So thanks to all the advocacy groups and many others who worked to clean up the Detroit River!

     Click on the link below to see a photo of the beaver on the banks of the Detroit River.–April Moore,http—



2 Responses to “Clean It–and They Will Come”

  1. Gail Says:

    This is so encouraging. Thank you very much for sharing the information. Uplifting is good. :o )

  2. Tanya Says:

    I love good news like that!! Thanks for putting the news out.

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