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.
Start decommissioning Line 5 now Petoskey News (9/23) Pipelines can be considered the safest way to transport this oil, but measures should be taken so that Line 5 doesn’t travel through the Great Lakes. Decommissioning the line will cost money, but nothing approaches the cost of a potential incident in the Straits.
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.
Great Lakes 2000 Environment Canada Great Lakes 2000 renews government commitment and actions until the year 2001 to restore, protect and sustain the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement International Joint Commission The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, signed by the United States and Canada in 1972 and revised in 1978 and 1987, established common water quality objectives for both countries.
Great Lakes Water Quality Program U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Great Lakes Regional Headquarters Responsible for the monitoring and management of water quality at reservoirs, dredging and dredged material placement and other civil works projects.
Index of Watershed Indicators U.S. EPA, Surf Your Watershed A compilation of information on the "health" of U.S. rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and coastal areas.
Lake Erie Center University of Toledo The University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to environmental research.
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.
Tenth Biennial Report of Great Lakes Water Quality International Joint Commission Released in July 2000, this report discusses the current threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem, such as contaminated sportsfish, air toxics, and urbanization, and concludes with actions that the U.S. and Canadian governments must take in order to comply with the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978.
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 Quality Projects Great Lakes Commission The Great Lakes Commission is involved in many water quality projects of regional significance, including the Great Lakes Regional Air Toxics Emissions Inventory, the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, and more.
Water Quality Reports for Georgian Bay The Georgian Bay Association Includes bacteriological studies of surface waters, macroinvertebrate sampling and technical reviews of water quality monitoring. Compiled by researchers at the University of Guelph, Ontario, and resident scientists.
Water Sustainability Canadian Environmental Law Association CELA conducts extensive work on issues of water quality and quantity in the Great Lakes and beyond. View their collections of detailed and summary materials on diverse issues of water quality, quantity, management and protection.
Wisconsin Great Lakes Water Quality University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute Advocates the idea that "Great Lakes water quality protection is fundamentally a local concern."
Education Living By Water Project The mission of the Project is "working towards healthier human and wildlife habitat along the shorelines of Canada", and to help shoreline residents obtain information to protect their property, prevent problems like erosion, and protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat.
The Biosphère Environment Canada Opened in 1995 as the only museum of water in America dedicated to the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, the Biosphère heightens public awareness of water's importance and the necessity to protect it.
MiCorps: Michigan Clean Water Corps Michigan DEQ, Great Lakes Commission The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer monitoring programs in Michigan, which was created through an executive order by Mich. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data.
Ohio Biological and Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Each year Ohio EPA conducts biosurveys, which employ biological, chemical, and physical monitoring and assessment techniques, in 10-15 different study areas with an aggregate total of 300-400 sampling sites.