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Officials to survey on Lake Erie algae
The Toledo Blade (8/1)
In Ohio, community liaisons trained by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will knock on doors asking residents to participate in a survey to assess the impact of exposure to harmful algae blooms and to find out more about the population in the affected area.

Erosion causes partial closure of Grand Sable Dunes dunes in U.P.
The Detroit News (7/31)
A portion of the Grand Sable Dunes in Grand Marais, Mich. is now closed to the public because of hazardous erosion.

High-tech buoy in Lake Michigan near South Haven provides real-time data, images
MLive (7/31)
A new weather and wave monitoring buoy in Lake Michigan near South Haven, Mich. is able to provide real-time data and measurements in an effort to increase boating and swimming safety in the area.

Cyberspace first stop for beachgoers
Niagara Falls Review (7/28)
The Niagara Falls region makes water quality results available tot he public, with online beach details including whether water is safe for swimming, water temperature, maps, information about beach amenities such as washrooms and parking, and links to weather forecasts for both lakes Erie and Ontario.

State of Ohio issues first toxic algae warning along Lake Erie this summer
The Columbus Dispatch (7/26)
Orange signs warning of toxic algae went up along Lake Erie on Thursday — the first of the summer.

Oak Lawn to start huge water improvement project
Southtown Star (7/24)
Gov. Pat Quinn and Oak Lawn, Ill. officials broke ground at the village’s main pumping station, signaling the start of a major project to improve Oak Lawn’s water distribution system that also provides 12 other suburbs with drinking water.

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Human Health and the Great Lakes
U.S. EPA Region 5 / Great Lakes Commission
Featuring information on hot topics like drinking water and fish consumption, Human Health and the Great Lakes provides complete and up-to-date information about issues of human health in the Great Lakes region. Also contains a comprehensive glossary of Great Lakes terms and several links to related online resources. Based on data taken from the EPA's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) studies.

FoodWatch
Environmental Defence Canada
FoodWatch provides meaningful information and effective tools for making informed decisions about food safety, and act on these decisions to achieve better human and environmental health.

Fox River Watch
A project of the Clean Water Action Council of northeastern Wisconsin, this site contains extensive information for the public about PCB contamination of the Fox River and Green Bay, the proposed cleanup, and health effects of exposure to PCBs.

Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The ATSDR research program is designed to investigate and characterize the association between the consumption of contaminated Great Lakes fish and short- and long-term harmful health effects.

Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Hazdat provides access to information on the release of hazardous substances from Superfund sites or from emergency events and on the effects of hazardous substances on the health of human populations.

MESB Reports
Michigan Environmental Science Board
The MESB investigates issues concerning the environment and human health at the request of the governor's office. Topics include fish advisories, mercury, lead, chlorine and low level radioactive waste.

Midwest Center for Environmental Science and Public Policy
The Midwest Center is committed to achieving sustainable improvements in human health and the environment through objective, unbiased research and education, and through science-based advocacy.

NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health
NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
The NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health (CEGLHH) is a multi-disciplinary research center which will focus on understanding the inter-relationships between the Great Lakes ecosystem, water quality and human health.

The Effects of Great Lakes Contaminants on Human Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This report focuses on adverse human health effects of pollutants.

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GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region

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