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E-M:/ U.S. EPA Report: coastal areas of Great Lakes in ?fair to poor? condition.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from Kirk Riley ------------------------------------------------------------------------- An article in today's Green Bay Press-Gazette that bears on Michigan's environment.

Lakes score low in report

A report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that coastal areas of the Great Lakes are in ?fair to poor? condition.

The document ­ the National Coastal Condition Report II ­ uses data from the last five years to evaluate the condition of coastal areas throughout the United States.

The overall condition was rated on 12 factors, each given a score of one through five, where five was the best.

The Great Lakes scored the lowest rating, a 1, for sediment contamination. The highest rating, a 5, was given for dissolved oxygen.

Cameron Davis, executive director of the Lake Michigan Federation, said the report is accurate, but not surprising. He said the condition of the lakes is well-known and requires more action from Washington.

The report can be found at www.epa.gov/owow/oceans/nccr/2005/downloads.html.
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