GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- After years of planning, Gerald R. Ford Airport cut the ribbon on its new storm water treatment system today.
Airport officials came up with a plan to deal with water runoff contaminated by the use of deicing fluids from airplanes.
The poisonous liquid is blamed for killing fish and other wildlife in nearby Trout Creek.
The water treatment system will remove the deicing agent from the storm water runoff and reroute the water to the Thornapple River.
"It's a great day in West Michigan," Ford Airport director Brian Ryks said. "It's a great day for the communities that surround the Ford Airport.
"This system has been 6 or 7 years in the making, and we are finally here today. The system is turned on. It's going to be fully functional, and it's going to do the job."
The water treatment system cost $20 million dollars.