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Don't have body contact with St. Marys River, health department says

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Great Lakes Now

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI— The Chippewa County Health Department is cautioning residents to stay out of the water along the north side of Sugar Island.

Oil was released by Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario last Thursday. As much as 5,300 gallons went into the Saint Marys River, halting shipping for a time.

People are advised not to have body contact with surface waters in that area. Officials say don’t wade or swim in the water or allow pets to swim in or drink it. Those who have a surface water intake of river water for their home should not drink it. Officials don’t believe well water has been contaminated.

The health department will continue to monitor the river, and additional information about affected areas will be released as it becomes available.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.