Chemical discovered in Huron River near University of Michigan
Courtesy photo | Kai Petaninen
A chemical substance was discovered floating on the Huron River near the University of Michigan's Nichols Arboretum on Monday evening, officials said.
A passerby noticed a sheen on the surface of the water around 7:30 p.m. and immediately reported it to the Ann Arbor Fire Department, said Ann Arbor Water Quality Manager Molly Wade.
U-M's Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and police also responded to the scene.
According to reports, the discharge was coming from some sort of manhole near the river.
The discharge was stopped, and booms were placed in the water to collect as much of the chemical out of the river as possible before heavy rains came through Monday evening.
Samples were taken to determine what the substance was, but results have not yet been returned, said Diane Brown, spokeswoman for the U-M Department of Public Safety.