A report has pinpointed the Windsor Hum as coming from Zug Island. This was expected. But that’s as far as they can get. The Canadian-funded report shows that it is industrial noise from the steel and manufacturing plants on the U.S. island. What happens now is unclear but cooperation is necessary.
The source of the mysterious Windsor Hum in the southwestern Ontario city is on Zug Island — in River Rouge, Mich. — according to a federally funded report released today.
Essex Conservative MP Jeff Watson released the report’s findings at a news conference at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor on Friday.
Watson said U.S. officials must now determine the precise location of the noise. Copies of the federal report have been given to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the mayor of River Rouge.
Zug Island is home to a U.S. Steel operation and is an area of concentrated steel production and other manufacturing.
Windsor Coun. Al Maghnieh has been fielding complaints about the noise for years, and has been vocal about getting to the bottom of the phenomenon.
The sound is causing residents quite a bit of annoyance for the past three years. But since it’s not always regular, it’s hard to pinpoint what is specifically causing the nuisance noise so it can be addressed. Several residents in the area have complained about headaches, being unable to sleep at night and windows rattling due to the noise. That’s not unreasonable. Some people are very sensitive to low frequency noise. The geology, weather conditions or structure they are in can make the noise worse. The sound has been described as an idling locomotive, a refrigerator and a truck.