By Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A hands-on exhibition opening this weekend explores the ways people have interacted with and affected the ecosystem of the Detroit River.

“Troubled Waters: Healing our Freshwater Habitats” will be on display at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit. It looks at changes in the Detroit River over the past 300 years, as well as how the river and the larger Great Lakes region are intertwined.

“This exhibit will tell the story of the many changes that have transpired on Detroit’s waterways … and present all that is being done to assure that their beauty and legacy will be preserved and protected for years to come,” the Detroit Historical Society said in a statement.

Detroit’s role as a major manufacturing and population hub also is explored.

The exhibit examines the role of environmentalists, outdoor clubs and government agencies on the health of Great Lakes waters, the Historical Society said. And it aims to show what’s being done to improve the health of the river as well as the Lake Huron and Lake Erie region.

“Armed with microscopes and samples of water from the Detroit River, visitors will learn how and why scientists carefully monitor the water - and then they can do so themselves,” the Historical Society said.



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