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Lake Erie water quality, algae concerns draw opinions from Ohio Statehouse, gubernatorial candidates
The Plain Dealer (10/16)
The slimy buildup of toxic algae in Lake Erie this past summer shut down the Toledo-area water supply for several days and led to renewed talk about keeping Lake Erie clean.

Study urges action on Lake Erie bacteria blooms
The Associated Press (10/15)
Climate change and invasive mussels may have helped to make Lake Erie a more inviting host for toxic bacteria in recent years.

Two initiatives could improve water quality in Lake Erie
The News-Sentinel (10/13)
Good news for Lake Erie: Two new efforts should improve water quality in the lake's algae-plagued western basin.

Farmers hope to defeat regulation
The Times (10/8)
Farmers are concerned about a proposal that could lead to greater federal oversight of agricultural lands with the intent to reduce the flow of nutrients into major waterways like the Great Lakes.

Leadership of Toledo's water treatment changing again
NBC 22 - Toledo, OH (10/8)
The former commissioner in charge of the plant resigned in August, about three weeks after an algae-related water emergency in Toledo. He was replaced by environmental services commissioner Tim Murphy, who announced Tuesday that he'll resign, too, effective next month.

Toxic Lake Erie algal blooms “reversible” experts say . . . but only if we stop the blame game and work together
MLive (10/4)
Though algae blooms are a naturally occurring phenomenon, recent blooms in Lake Erie have resulted in drinking water restrictions. But experts say that these blooms can be reduced by working together.

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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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