Craig A. Stangland
Geology 101 – Tuesday Lab
April 29, 2008
Group members Clark Hoffman, Neil Kocan, Amy Markham and I, Craig
Stangland, analyzed which city, Concord, Homer, or Albion, contributes the most amount
of contaminates to the Kalamazoo River.
River contamination can have varied effects for the communities near the
contaminated river (Michael, 1999, p. 1).
Humans, animals, and plant life can all suffer
from a contaminated river (Michael, 1999, p. 1).
The significance of this project was to
ensure the safety of those communities near the Kalamazoo River.
This project is
specifically important as the Kalamazoo River is currently part of an Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) clean up further down stream, near Plainwell, Michigan (EPA
Kalamazoo Fact Sheet, 2008, p. 2).
With knowledge that the Kalamazoo River has had
contamination issues in the past, though not directly linked to Albion, Homer or Concord,
it is necessary to test that the water near these said communities is safe.
The hypothesis was that Albion would contaminate the Kalamazoo River the
This hypothesis was agreed upon for the fact that Albion has a large population,
more manufacturing plants, and has had two superfund sites near the city.
The first site is
located one mile east of Albion, and is known as the Albion-Sheridan Township landfill
(Gore, 2007, p. 1). The second superfund site in Albion has “the Kalamazoo River
located one-half mile from the [superfund] site” (Berkoff, 2007, p. 1).
Edison Corp. used trichloroethylene to control dust on their dirt roads, which at the time