Signs at Kent Lake advising the public to stay out of the water

On Tuesday, August 2, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) announced that several thousand gallons of hexavalent chromium were discharged from Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom sometime in the past weekend. The effluent went through Wixom’s wastewater treatment before hitting the river via Norton Creek. Hexavalent chromium was still present in the treated water. The details of this event, including the scope and severity, are still being determined.

What we know now is that people should stay out of the water in the upper Huron River above Kensington Road and below Wixom Road. That area includes Kent Lake in Kensington Metropark, part of Island Lake State Rec Area, and the stretch of river through Milford.

EGLE is onsite and actively investigating. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, local and county governments in the impact area and throughout the Huron River are also engaged in response. HRWC is tracking this issue closely and is committed to communicating the best available information on this event as it becomes available.

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press event tribar

On Wednesday, Aug 10, Heavner Canoe Rental will be hosting a press event about the recent hexavalent chromium spill from Tribar Technologies to the Wixom wastewater treatment plant. State Senator Yousef Rabhi and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner (WRC) rep Dave Woodward will call for support of Polluter Pay laws. HRWC is also in support of Polluter Pay laws. Other speakers include reps from the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter and Clean Water Action – Michigan. A few HRWC staff will be there to share out perspectives and calls to action, and to be available for press interviews.