Impacts of a major oil spill on riverine benthic communities (Kalamazoo River, MI).

Desotelle, M. and S.K. Hamilton

Presented at the All Scientist Meeting (2012-03-15 to 2012-03-16 )

One of the largest oil spills, and first oil sands spill in a freshwater system occurred on the Kalamazoo River in summer 2010. No fish kills were reported. Hundreds of birds, mostly geese, and thousands of turtles were cleaned and returned to the river. This work focuses on measuring the effects of the spill and clean up on macroinvertebrates, which are often the most affected organism in oil spills of this magnitude.

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