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Niagara Closeup: Beware of the beach
The St. Catharines Standard (7/21)
As Niagara, Ont., waters appeal to locals looking to beat the sweltering heat, the public health department suggests they first check out its water quality website.

Enbridge to pay $172M for Kalamazoo River oil spill
The Detroit News (7/20)
Enbridge Energy will pay more than $172 million as part of a consent decree with the U.S. government tied to the Alberta-based company’s 2010 pipeline rupture near Marshall, Mich., that fouled nearly 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River.

New blue-green algae policies in place at water treatment plant
The Sarnia Observer (7/20)
Staff at the water treatment plant serving Sarnia and five other Ontario communities will keep an eye out this summer for blue-green algal blooms in Lake Huron, over its intake pipe.

More Minnesota lakes, rivers listed as impaired
Star Tribune (7/13)
The Mississippi River headwaters and two Lake Superior beaches, along with hundreds of other lakes and river segments, have been added to Minnesota’s list of waterways that are “impaired” due to pollutants or other problems that threaten fish, plant life or public health.

Dirty water advisories at East Side beaches will confront Lake Erie swimmers on 90-degree day
The Plain Dealer (7/12)
In Ohio, at the most inopportune time, water advisories were issued at several East Side beaches due to unhealthy levels of E. coli bacteria.

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project on water safety
WHTC - Holland, MI (7/11)
A representative of the Great Lakes Surf Resrcue Project shares lifesaving tips to avoid drowning, but also tips for what to do if you find yourself in that situation called "Flip, Float and Follow" drowning survival strategy.

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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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Related Resources
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GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region

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