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Grand Haven students participate in annual fishing event
Grand Haven Tribune (5/15)
In Michigan, Grand Haven Area Public Schools partnered with a nonprofit organization called Pursuing a Dream to give about 300 students with special needs the opportunity to fish and enjoy the outdoors.

NYPA funding aids three St. Lawrence River projects
Watertown Daily Times (5/10)
The St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund has provided funding for three projects that support environmental education in and around the riverís ecosystem.

Lake Michigan Academy students learn from 'Salmon in School' project
MLive (5/9)
About 100 schools throughout Michigan are selected to take part in the Lake Michigan Academy program that aims to help stock local rivers and support fishing as a leisure activity.

Huron Perth students find Lake Huron threats
Blackburn News (5/1)
Nearly 60 high school students from the public and separate boards in Huron and Perth counties spent one day at the Oakwood Inn in Grand Bend, Ontario, where they were learning about the environmental threats and challenges to Lake Huron.

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TEACH Water Pollution in the Great Lakes

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Although phosphorus levels in lakes Ontario and Erie have decreased by almost 80 percent since the 1970s and many regulations have been placed on toxic chemical dumping, water pollution in the Great Lakes is still causing severe damage to aquatic ecology and to our own health and quality of life. Beaches are consistently closed due to bacterial contamination, drinking water contamination has caused sickness and deaths around the region, many of our fish are poisoned with chemicals, and the sediments at the bottom of the lakes are becoming increasingly toxic.

... and then the silver lining
But the Great Lakes and waterways are showing signs of improvement. In late May 2001, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the Cuyahoga River in Ohio -- the river that caught on fire in 1969 -- is now showing healthier fish than it has in decades. Researchers attribute the success to the cleanup of industries that had originally sent their wastes into the river, as well as better maintenance of sewer systems and sewage treatment plants in the Cuyahoga watershed.

References:
Great Lakes Atlas, 3rd edition
Wisconsin Sea Grant: Communications and Outreach Program
Environment Canada: Water Pollution
Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases (ATSDR)
Nonpoint Source Pollution: U.S. EPA
Air Toxics and the Great Lakes: U.S. EPA
Lake Michigan Mass Balance Project: U.S. EPA

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