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Task Force Considers Options for Saving Lake Superior Reef

The Buffalo Reef Task Force has scheduled a public meeting for July 31 in Lake Linden to discuss the options. The Buffalo Reef Task Force has scheduled a public meeting for July 31 in Lake Linden to discuss the options. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Created: July 16, 2019 10:03 AM

LAKE LINDEN, Mich. (AP) - A government task force is considering three ways to deal with mining waste rock that threatens to smother a natural reef in Lake Superior off the Keweenaw Peninsula.
    
The Buffalo Reef Task Force has scheduled a public meeting for July 31 in Lake Linden to discuss the options.
    
Waste rock called stamp sands were dumped into the lake during the copper mining era a century ago. Waves have slowly been carrying them toward the reef, a crucial spawning area for whitefish and lake trout near the mouth of Big Traverse River.
    
Federal, state and tribal agencies have narrowed a list of options to three. Each offers a different strategy for dredging and disposing of the stamp sands.

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The meeting will be held at the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, 601 Calumet Avenue at 6 p.m. EDT.
    
A detailed analysis of the options will begin this fall.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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