Forget About It: Purposeful Ignorance (of Waste) in a City Nature Preserve


Following students on a journey of exploration through a nature reserve, this article reveals that Kleinstuck Marsh in Michigan is not the pristine, untouched landscape it might at first seem. Through a series of ironies, a peat bog was drained and transformed from a unique ecosystem full of rare plants into an unwanted, valueless piece of property. In the late 1920s huge sewage pipes were imbedded in the area in order to dispose of the wastewater produced by a new housing development. Today the site is full of nonnative plants and little resembles the bog it once was.