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What's New
Are you swimming in polluted water? New test may give answer
WRVO - Oswego, NY (9/25)
Each summer, many beaches along the Great Lakes are closed because of high bacteria levels in the water. But figuring out exactly when to close a beach is difficult, and scientists are trying out a new test that could lead to safer swimming.

Park Rangers educated on new life saving flotation device
WBUP-TV - Ishpeming, MI (9/23)
In Baraga, Michigan, an Emily device training session was held to familiarize workers with the device. This life saving mechanism is used as a remote controlled flotation device that can get help get to drowning victims as soon as possible.

38 Michigan communities get drinking water protection money
MLive (9/22)
Michigan is funneling $378,000 to 38 local communities to take proactive steps to protect drinking water sources after approving $158 million in loans for water infrastructure projects earlier this month.

Chemical detected in Port Huron water
Detroit Free Press (9/21)
In Michigan, a carcinogenic chemical was found in Port Huron's drinking water between 2013 and 2015, according to a report released this week by an environmental health, research and advocacy organization.

Is raw sewage lurking in the waters of Lake St. Clair?
WXYZ-TV - Southfield, MI (9/20)
In Michigan, sewage overflows dumped into Lake St. Clair during heavy rain is a controversial, political and emotional topic. It raises questions about the quality of recreational and drinking waters.

Cancer-causing pollutant made famous by Erin Brockovich found in NE Ohio drinking water
The Plain Dealer (9/20)
Drinking water tainted with a cancer-causing toxin made famous by the environmental activist Erin Brockovich was found in all but one of the 30 water systems in Northeast Ohio, according to a report released by the Environmental Working Group.

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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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