Management Needed to Rid Organic Pollutants from Great Lakes

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Article Courtesy of Kieth Matheny | July 30th, 2016 | Detroit Free Press | Published as Educational Material

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The Great Lakes are supplied with their water by Michigan rivers, those of which are now facing pollution from many different sources including pollutants from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and tar, insecticides and herbicides and detergent ingredients. Three of the worst hit rivers are the Clinton, Rouge, and St. Joseph. Organic pollution levels are at a 5-year high. The most abundant of these pollutants is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. There is no lack of pesticide and herbicide pollutants either, as they easily circumvent the water treatment systems. Only an improvement in the water management system can bode a change for these Michigan Rivers. Read more about it here.

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