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SVSU teams up with high school students to research Saginaw Bay Watershed
MLive (8/12)
In Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University students and faculty members are working with high school students on projects studying everything from the DNA of walleye in the Saginaw Bay to measuring the level of contamination in the Saginaw River.

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TEACH Water Pollution in the Great Lakes

table of contents
Introduction
Why so polluted?
Effects of water pollution
Dilution is NOT the solution!
Lake Erie: "We have met the enemy and he is us"
Further resources and references

Click for larger image. The pollution of our waterways became a national issue in June of 1969, the day that the Cuyahoga River, flowing through Cleveland, Ohio, on its way to Lake Erie, caught on fire because it was so polluted. Although this was not the first time that the Cuyahoga River had been in flames, the 1969 fire caught the attention of the nation and the fight began for increased water pollution controls, which eventually led to the Great Lakes Water Quality Act and Clean Water Act in the 1970s.

Water pollution is defined as a change in the chemical, physical and biological health of a waterway due to human activity. Ways that humans have affected the quality of the Great Lakes water over the centuries include sewage disposal, toxic contamination through heavy metals and pesticides, overdevelopment of the water's edge, runoff from agriculture and urbanization, and air pollution.

Graphic: Fire on the Cuyahoga River, November 3, 1952.

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