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Great Lakes Trends Report Released

Michigan and the other Great Lakes states and provinces are making considerable progress in restoring and protecting the Great Lakes according to a trends report gauging progress of efforts throughout the Great Lakes.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes issued the Great Lakes Trends: Into the New Millennium report today in Lansing. 

The 40-page document is a follow-up to the 1998 Great Lakes Trends report released by the Office of the Great Lakes and is designed to help people assess progress in reducing chemical, biological and physical treats to the Great Lakes.  It is presented in a readable, non-technical format. 

Some of the general long-term trends identified in the reports are:

			Atmospheric deposition of toxics is now paramount in the Great Lakes ecosystem highlighting the importance of controlling sources on a local, national, and global scale. 
			Loss of important ecological areas, including coastal wetlands, still occurs in some areas.  Habitat destruction and introduction of exotic species continue to be serious concerns.
	Growth of withdrawals and consumptive use in the Great Lakes Basin appears to have slowed which is consistent with a leveling off of water use in North America.
			Contaminant levels in fish have decreased over the long-term but the rate of decrease has slowed.  
	Great Lakes fish-eating birds have shown population increases, the important limiting factor is now physical habitat. 

Copies of the report may be obtained free of charge by writing to the DEQ Office of the Great Lakes, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, MI 48909-7973.  It will also soon be available for downloading from the Internet at http://www.deq.state.mi.us/ogl.


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