Plastic Pollution in Great Lakes Just One Example of Nonpoint Source Pollution

By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | January 28, 2017 Plastic pollution plagues the Great Lakes region and is just one example of the difficulty in addressing the source instead of the symptoms. One of the most important aspects in treating water contamination is determining and targeting the source. As author Frank […]

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Lake Michigan and Other Great Lakes Suffer from Plastic Pollution

Article courtesy of the Dyer Oxley | December 15th, 2016 | MyNorthwest.com Writer | Shared as educational material. Researchers at New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology estimate that the total plastic annually entering the Great Lakes system is nearly 10,000 metric tons, or 22 million pounds. Lake Michigan suffers half the pollution because of high […]

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Management Needed to Rid Organic Pollutants from Great Lakes

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

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Lake Michigan Turtles are Measuring Industrial Pollution

Article courtesy of William G. Gilroy | July 27, 2016 | Notre Dame News | Shared as educational material Researchers are beginning to use snapping and painted turtles to measure wetland pollution in the Great Lakes areas. The Great Lakes have suffered from unregulated industrial waste dumping, which has created many problems for the ecosystem. Because turtles […]

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Oil Spill, High Waves: A Great Lakes Disaster Scenario

Under high wave conditions, crucial offshore spill containment response might have to be put off for hours, or even days because of unsafe boating conditions, the responders say. That would delay the deployment of spill-containing boom, or the use of skimmers to remove oil from the water’s surface. And that would allow the ecological calamity to spread.

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The Chemicals in Some Everyday Soaps Threaten Great Lakes Water Quality

Ingredient in antimicrobial personal products that is washing down the drain may be putting freshwater ecosystems at risk, likely polluting Lake Erie and Lake Ontario with the chemical.

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Erie at Large: Cruel Truths and Comfortable Delusions

If the headwaters that drain into Lake Erie are contaminated by the toxic chemicals used in the fracking process, our access to public drinking water, irrigation systems, and the ecosystems tied to freshwater fishing and tourism, is gone.

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Environmentalists Praise Snyder’s Water Plan

Michigan officials released Tuesday the 30-day strategy, titled “Sustaining Michigan’s Water Heritage,” covering a broad scope of conservation, infrastructure and development topics, drawing praise from the environmental community.

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U-M Researchers Track the Toxicity of Lake Erie Cyanobacterial Blooms

“By applying innovative technologies to study these harmful algal blooms, we’re opening new windows into what organisms are there and how those communities change over time,” he said. “We’re able to track specific organisms in a way that hasn’t been possible before.”

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One Billion Reasons Why Exfoliating with Microplastic is Bad for the Great Lakes

According to a new study, the Great Lakes are being polluted by billions of microplastic beads, with potentially devastating consequences for the environment.

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Mayors Summit says Keep Great Lakes Drinking Water Safe

Several Great Lakes mayors want stronger and faster action to keep Great Lakes drinking water safe.

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Report says Urgent Action is Needed to Stem Algae Blooms in Great Lakes

Urgent action is needed to quell seasonal algae blooms that plague the Great Lakes and pose health risks for nearby communities, said a report released on Wednesday.

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