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Lake Ontario birds killed by botulism, DEC advises caution for hunters, anglers
Watertown Daily Times (11/23)
The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the deaths of waterbirds caused by Type E botulism on the shore of Lake Ontario in Oswego, Jefferson ad Wayne Counties.

COMMENTARY: Give Flint $50M to replace lead water pipes
Detroit Free Press (11/12)
In Michigan, the state wants to create a loan fund to help Flint residents replace pipes. One Flint legislator wants the state to replace the pipe itself, saying Flint residents are owed.

Documents show Flint filed false reports about testing for lead in water
MLive (11/12)
In Flint, Mich., officials filed certified documents with state regulators that claimed the city only tested tap water from homes where residents were at the highest risk of lead poisoning, but these claims might have been false.

EPA report warns of more potential Flint water problems
The Associated Press (11/5)
Flint, Mich., residents should be warned of the potential risk of increased lead in drinking water when crews do underground work that could affect pipes, according to a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Legislators call for investigation into altered Flint lead report
MLive (11/5)
Two Michigan state representatives are pushing for a federal investigation into the Mich. Dept. of Environmental Quality over claims that the agency knowingly dropped two lead test samples to avoid exceeding federal drinking water standards.

High-risk Lake Michigan shoreline may lose swimmer safety buoy
MLive (11/3)
In Michigan, Ottawa county shoreline is losing a high-tech tool that National Weather Service marine forecasters consider a pivotal part of the beach hazard warning system.

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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.

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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