3,000 gallons of raw sewage spills into Huron River in Ann Arbor

Casey Harrison
The Detroit News
FILE - Patrick and Lori Korte of Novi paddle their kayaks down the Huron River at Proud Lake State Recreation Area in Commerce Township.  The Huron River is one of 18 state waterways with elevated PFAS levels.

Ann Arbor will reopen river trips between Argo and Gallup canoe liveries on the Huron River starting Sunday at 9 a.m., after a broken sewer line caused approximately 3,000 gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the river, the city tweeted Saturday.

The closure was caused by a broken sewer line along Liberty Street downtown, the city said in a release.

While on site, crews discovered untreated sewage from the broken pipe had found its way into a nearby storm pipe that discharges into the Huron River. According to the city, crews stopped the sewage flow to the storm pipe the same day.

As a precaution, the canoe liveries were closed Friday and Saturday, as the city was waiting on water quality test results. 

City staff notified the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.