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EDITORIAL: Ohio lawmakers are advancing misguided legislation at the expense of Lake Erie
The Toledo Blade (11/21)
More than three months after an outbreak of algae in Lake Erie poisoned Toledo’s tap water, Ohio is at last moving forward legislation aimed at addressing the state’s water issues.

State and federal authorities settle with Lima over sewage spills
The Toledo Blade (11/21)
The expansion and modernization of Toledo’s sewerage system is the largest project of its kind in northwest Ohio, but it’s not the only major sewerage project being phased in over several years to reduce algae and improve western Lake Erie water quality.

Experts tell House panel more regulations needed to stop algal blooms
The Columbus Dispatch (11/20)
Unless more is done to prevent pollution in Lake Erie and other sources of drinking water, U.S. consumers will pay more for cleanup in the future, experts told a House panel yesterday.

Ohio House passes anti-algae bill limiting manure, fertilizer on farms
The Toledo Blade (11/20)
The Ohio House overwhelmingly approved new restrictions on the application of manure and other fertilizers on farmland as one step to reduce harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie.

Muskegon water safety: Here is some advice to stay safe around Lake Michigan jetties this time of year
MLive (11/20)
Late fall is a great time of year on Lake Michigan. Be sure to remember a few safety tips in order to be swept away by the beauty of Lake Michigan and not by the waves that crash on area jetties.

EPA plans new toxin guidelines for drinking water
Associated Press (11/19)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio's fourth-largest city.

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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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