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Ruddiman Pond has been listed as a Great Lakes 'Area of Concern' for more than 18 years. (Photo by Michael Leland).

For decades, heavy industries made the Great Lakes a center of manufacturing and employment for the United States. Those factories also left polluted waters in many areas. In 2002, Congress passed and President Bush signed legislation that promised to clean the Lakes' pollution hot spots, known as Areas of Concern. So far, work has only begun at three of those sites. Reporter Michael Leland visited one of them:

EPA information on Ruddiman Creek/Pond cleanup

CDC Health Consultation on Ruddiman Creek Watershed

Annis Water Resources Institute

Producer: Michael Leland
Release Date: November 21, 2005
Running Time: 4:23

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