New study says clean up of Great Lakes stimulated billions in economic development

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A new U.S. report says cleaning up some of the most heavily polluted areas in the Great Lakes region has led to billions of dollars' worth of economic development.

The report highlights 10 places where cleanups have spurred development -- including Toronto's Lake Ontario waterfront area and the Detroit River that flows between Ontario and Michigan.

The study conducted by the International Association for Great Lakes Research in Michigan says the cleanup has also brought communities closer together.

But it says work remains to be done on most of the 43 harbours, river mouths and other spots highlighted as areas of concern in Canada and the U-S in the 1980's due to contamination of toxic waste.

Lead author of the study John Hartig will be on CKTB with Larry Fedoruk tomorrow at 5:15 p.m.