Pictures: Extreme algae blooms (5/9) A boat motors through a 2011 algae bloom on Lake Erie near Toledo, Ohio, in an image taken for an article on fertilizing the world in the May 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine. Check it out, along with other images of massive algae blooms in Lake Erie and across the world.
Heavy rain is worsening algal blooms in Lake Erie (4/30) A new National Wildlife Federation report focuses on Lake Erie algal blooms, examining the relationship between large rain events, nutrient runoff, and harmful algal bloom size. The report, Taken By Storm: How Heavy Rain is Worsening Algal Blooms in Lake Erie, is available online.
COMMENTARY: Harmful algae blooms plague Lake Erie again National Geographic (4/24) While the recurrence of toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie may stir painful memories of the 1960-70s when Lake Erie was declared dead, don't lose hope. There are many programs working to improve conditions.
TEACH Great Lakes: Water Pollution Water pollution is defined as a change in the chemical, physical and biological health of a waterway due to a human activity: sewage disposal, toxic contamination through heavy metals and pesticides, overdevelopment of the water's edge, and more...
Water Environment Federation WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization that provides a range of materials describing today's water quality issues, including household hazardous waste, biosolids recycling, and watershed management.
Water Pollution in Canada Environment Canada's Freshwater Web Focuses on toxic substances in the aquatic environment, effects of pollution, and control mechanisms.
Envirofacts U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) A relational database that integrates data from four major USEPA program systems: Permit Compliance System; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Information System; Toxic Release Inventory System; and Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System.
Great Lakes Regional Air Toxic Emissions Inventory Great Lakes Commission The Great Lakes states are creating this regional database, which will establish a baseline using 1993 data on point and area source emissions of 49 toxic air pollutants identified as significant contributors to the contamination of the Great Lakes.
Networks EXtension TOXicology NETwork Univ. of California, Davis, Michigan State, Oregon State and Cornell Universities This cooperative network includes a wide range of resources related to toxicology.
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.
Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic Center for Hazardous Substance Research The mission of the Center is to foster and support integrated, interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts that advance and benefit human and environmental health and well-being. Investigators from the universities join forces to tackle issues related to the development and application of bioremediation technologies for contaminated soils and groundwater.
Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Mass balance studies are a scientific method for evaluating the sources, transport and fate of contaminants entering a water system, and the effects of those contaminants on water quality. See also Mass Balance Public Outreach, Lake Michigan Federation.
An Advocate's Field Guide to Protecting Lake Michigan Alliance for the Great Lakes After two years of research by organizations around Lake Michigan, this guidebook identifies basinwide threats; it is organized into three chapters: habitat restoration, toxic elimination and land and water conservation.
Contaminated Sediments and the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute This fact sheet explains how contaminants build up in sediment, how they affect the food chain and why the Great Lakes are susceptible.
Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Mass balance studies are a scientific method for evaluating the sources, transport and fate of contaminants entering a water system, and the effects of those contaminants on water quality.
Niagara River Toxics Management Plan U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Since 1987, the Niagara River has been the focus of attention for four environmental agencies in the United States and Canada that are committed to reducing toxic chemical contamination.
Wisconsin Mercury SourceBook U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Intended for use by anyone involved in drafting a reduction plan for mercury, including sewerage districts, community or trade associations, and government agencies.