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What's New
EDITORIAL: Enjoy the Riverwalk. But don't go in the water
Chicago Tribune (9/18)
In Chicago, Ill., the new Chicago Riverwalk is lovely, but the water of the river still contains pathogens. It is the most visible reminder of an outdated water management system.

Webinars promote algae research communication
The Toledo Blade (2/10)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began a series of three Great Lakes algae webinars by asking university and private researchers to communicate more about what they’re doing.

Environmental groups debate over fish farm expansion in Michigan
WLNS-TV - Lansing, MI (2/9)
In Michigan, some environmental groups are taking on the Department of Environmental Quality over the approved expansion of a fish farm in the northern part of the state.

Obama seeks 18% hike in water infrastructure spending
The Detroit News (2/9)
President Barack Obama wants to boost federal spending next year for a state drinking water infrastructure fund by $157 million, an 18 percent increase over last year, to assist with projects in communities affected by water contamination such as Flint, Mich.

COMMENTARY: State must invest in its new clean water plan
York Dispatch (2/8)
Pennsylvania has unveiled a new strategy for cleaning up its polluted waterways, but it will take investments from leaders and a unified effort for the plan to succeed.

Cleveland water official addresses lingering toxicity concerns
The Plain Dealer (2/6)
Since the Flint, Mich., water crisis, Northeast Ohioans have become increasingly curious over the state of the region's water quality, but the good news is residents should feel safe to gulp down as much water as they please.

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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.

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.

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.

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 Advisory Services Program
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Educates the general public, industry and educators about water quality concerns.

Water Quality in Canada
Environment Canada's Freshwater Web

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."

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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.

The Waterhole
The Waterhole, a collaborative project of Environmental Defence, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association, is a meeting place for those concerned about the protection of water. On this site you can find information on legislation and policies, check the latest news, contact groups working on the issue, or find related events.

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Monitoring
Map Reflections...water quality mapping in southern Ontario
The Map Reflections project is a web-based data collection, assessment and reporting system that focuses on biological indicators of urban sustainability in southern Ontario.

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.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Water
GLIN: Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Groundwater in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs)
GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Remedial Action Plans for Great Lakes Areas of Concern
GLIN: Rivers and Lakes in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Watersheds in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Wet Weather Pollution in the Great Lakes Region

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