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E. coli levels high at some Grand Traverse Bay beaches
Traverse City Record-Eagle (8/27)
In Michigan, Grand Traverse County health officials issued E. coli advisory warnings at some Grand Traverse Bay beaches for the second consecutive week.

Synthetic fibers: the next challenge
(8/20)
Washing a single polyester jacket can send 1,900 tiny synthetic micro-fibers into waterways, where they can soak up toxins and get eaten by fish. New research shows that microfibers are even more abundant in our lakes and rivers than microbeads.

Blue-green algae is proving to be a stubborn foe for Quebec
Montreal Gazette (8/19)
The proliferation of blue-green algae in Quebec waters remains a significant problem nearly eight years after the provincial government adopted a plan to tackle it.

Task force working to prevent drownings
WZZM 13-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (8/19)
In Muskegon, Mich., a task force studied drowning data at Pere Marquette Beach and determined the safety stations will be placed by the dog beach, one mid-beach, and one near the south breakwall.

Toxin level in raw lake water rises to 2.8 ppb
The Blade (8/19)
The city of Toledo, Ohio, reported on Wednesday that the level of algal toxins near its western Lake Erie water-intake crib were up from the day before.

EDITORIAL: Federal funds should help manage storms
The Detroit News (8/18)
In Michigan, Metro Detroitís storm water management system is severely aged, and a more resilient infrastructure is needed. The city will receive almost $9 million in federal disaster relief funds to help it prepare for future flooding.

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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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