River of Voyageurs, River of Industry

© Steven W. Lepak

River of Voyageurs, River of Industry

Uploaded: April 28, 2011 19:39:37


The Fox River at Green Bay, Wisconsin about two river miles upstream of the river mouth at Green Bay. The Fox River is one of the only rivers in the world that flows north. It was also the transportation highway that carried 17th century explorers Jean Nicolet (1634) and Father Jacques Marquette & Louis Jolliet (1673) past this very spot on their ventures into the heart of the new world. The facility in this image is a paper mill that burns coal to create steam for use in the paper making process and for heating the facility as needed. The City of Green Bay and the whole Fox River Valley were built on the paper industry. The industry has taken its toll on the river, however. A 10-year project for dredging PCB sediments from the river is currently in its 2nd year – funded by the USEPA and the responsible parties (several paper companies). I can only imagine what those early explorers would be thinking as their paddles cut through the water on their way past this spot today . . . .

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 1.00, ExposureTime: 6/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, FocalLength: 20.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Rolando Rosito May 18, 2011

Beautiful finalist Steven, congratulations! #1378126

Karen Celella level-deluxe May 19, 2011

Congratulations on your gorgeous finalist, Steven! #9413637

Merna L. Nobile May 19, 2011

It is with great pleasure that I offer my congratulations on your award for the month of April. Merna


Patti Coblentz May 19, 2011

That is great that they are dredging it...fantastic image, Steven! Congratulations on your finalist! #9416028

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