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What's New
Thaw stirs up oil spilled in Lac-Mégantic derailment
The Montreal Gazette (4/16)
The spring thaw has stirred up crude oil in the Chaudière River that spilled in the Lac-Mégantic, Que., derailment last summer, prompting two towns along the river to use alternate sources of drinking water.

Will fertilizer-certification program cut algae blooms?
The Columbus Dispatch (4/14)
As the weather warms and the next wave of algae blooms looms in major Ohio lakes, state leaders hope to attack the problem with a new certification program for farmers who apply commercial fertilizer on their land.

Planned nuclear waste facility raises fears for Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (4/13)
Some materials that would be stored in a proposed underground nuclear waste facility less than a mile from Lake Huron are hundreds of times more radioactive than was told to Canadian government officials considering the site.

Detroit zoning board rejects Detroit Bulk Storage's variance request along river
The Detroit News (4/9)
Detroit Bulk Storage claims that concerns over a return of its massive pet coke piles along the Detroit River are "unfounded," yet the company's variance request was still denied by the Detroit zoning board of appeals.

Paperwork coming together to remove White Lake from list of toxic hot spots in Great Lakes region
Michigan Radio (4/4)
An inland lake north of Muskegon that was once one of the most polluted places surrounding the Great Lakes is making big progress. Most of the pollution in White Lake was caused by a chemical company that dumped waste into the water decades ago.

Crews finish cleanup after BP oil spill on Lake Michigan, trace amounts of oil remain
MLive (4/4)
A shoreline assessment team made up of representatives from the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and BP has decided that no further cleanup efforts are needed for the oil spill.

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General Resources
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.

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.

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Databases
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.

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.

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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.

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Programs and Projects
Atlas of America’s Polluted Waters
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Water
Includes state maps showing waters that do not meet state water quality standards.

Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Designed to reduce nonpoint pollution in the Lake Superior Basin.

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.

Research in Microcontaminants & Water Quality
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant
This subprogram was developed in response to the Great Lakes problems of chemical contamination and eutrophication.

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Publications
Airborne Contaminants and the Great Lakes
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Fact sheet explains where contaminants come from, how they are deposited and their effects.

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.

How Did the Poison Get into the Trout?
National Wildlife Federation
In the 1980s, biologists found the banned pesticide toxaphene in the lake's trout, sediment and water.

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.

Mercury Source Sector Assessment for the Greater Milwaukee Area
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Developed to help set priorities for developing cooperative mercury education, technical assistance and collection programs.

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.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Air Toxics in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Contaminated Sediments in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Great Lakes Fish Consumption Advisories
GLIN: Hazardous Materials and Spills in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Human Health Effects of Pollution in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Superfund Sites in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Wet Weather Pollution in the Great Lakes Region

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