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Despite harmful algal blooms, Lake Erie is relatively healthy
The Voice (8/29)
The cleaner water flowing from Lake Huron and the St. Clair River to Lake Erie is contributing to an environmental split-personality: a relatively robust general health and a simultaneous, and perhaps worsening, presence of harmful algal blooms.

EDITORIAL: Safe operation of Palisades Nuclear Plant calls for constant vigilance
MLive (8/29)
Kalamazoo Gazette editors call for scrutiny and vigilance to ensure the safe operation of the Palisades Nuclear Plant on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Toledo raises sewer rates to pay for improvements
The Columbus Dispatch (8/28)
Toledo, Ohio, residents who suffered through problems with their tap water this month now will see their sewer rates rise to help pay for a $521 million improvement project required by an agreement with the federal government.

Blast at BP refinery sparks fire, rattles homes
Associated Press (8/28)
An explosion at BP oil refinery in northwestern Indiana along Lake Michigan rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didnít cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said today.

'We don't poison the people, we feed the people'
Ionia Sentinel-Standard (8/28)
Applying nutrients to farm fields - and farming in general for that matter - isn't what it used to be. That was the theme of a program presented recently by the Michigan Agri-Business Association at the Crop Production Services facility near Woodbury, Mich.

Chatham-Kent, Ontario's public utilities commission monitoring large bloom via satellite imagery
Chatham Daily News (8/28)
A large blue-green algae bloom that has prompted warnings to not drink or swim in the water near Pelee Island doesn't appear to pose a threat to Chatham-Kent, Ontario's water system at this point.

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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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