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Celebrating Earth: A river's revival

St. Louis River tells a tale of ecology


April 24, 2020

Jana Peterson

The St. Louis River rushes during the spring thaw this month near Thomson.

If there's one lesson to be learned from the history of the St. Louis River it's this: Let us not be complacent.

That Earth Day message comes from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Environmental Institute director Courtney Kowalczak, who has also served as the coordinator of the St. Louis River River Watch Program, which engages students in water sampling of the river.

Kowalczak recalls a day not long ago when the river was an industrial dumping ground.

"With the St. Louis River the mentality was you just dumped everything into the river and it was out of sight, out of mind," she sai...

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