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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.

Toxin found in area water not harmful to residents
The Toledo Blade (7/24)
Tests showed Oregon’s, Ohio raw water, which comes from western Lake Erie, had a small but detectable level of the toxin produced by microcystis algae, but at a concentration five times lower than a concentration that would put plant operators on high alert.

Toxin level found in Oregon, Ohio, water not harmful to residents
The Toledo Blade (7/24)
Tests showed Oregon, Ohio's raw water, which comes from western Lake Erie, had a small but detectable level of microcystin, the toxin produced by microcystis algae. The microcystin concentration of 1.0 parts per billion is five times lower than a 5.0 ppb concentration that would put plant operators on high alert.

COMMENTARY: Mismanagement, not global warming, caused Chicago sewage overflows
Forbes (7/23)
Global warming is not the reason why Chicago’s 1800s-era sewer system occasionally floods people’s basements, the culprits are the age of Chicago’s sewer system and the city’s tremendous population growth since the 1800s.

The rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins
The Windsor Star (7/22)
Lake Erie bears the brunt of the region’s phosphorus overload, but the problem isn’t isolated to a specific lake or a single cause. Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River experience algal blooms to an extent as well, and the culprits include industries, farms and sewage coming from Windsor-Essex County and the rivers that run through it.

Health officials refine Lake Erie beach water testing
The News-Herald (7/22)
Health and environmental officials in Ohio’s coastal counties continue to refine their methods for monitoring bacteria in the water at Lake Erie beaches.

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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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