Freshwater lakes across North America are being contaminated by excess road salt

We love traditional table salt (sodium chloride) in our food, but in the 1940’s, we acquired another use for it. Salt has long been used to melt ice and keep our roadways safe for drivers. The increase in demand for road salt has caused a huge hike in price in recent years. Perhaps more severe […]

Tiny plastics are in our Great Lakes, impacting human health and aquatic life

Around 15 years ago was when researchers first starting paying serious attention to microplastics in our waterways. A microplastic is defined as a piece of manufactured plastic that is less than five millimeters in size. Microplastics come from a variety of sources, including from larger plastics that break down into smaller and smaller pieces. Some […]

Senate passes bill to keep ballast water containing invasive species out of the Great Lakes

Original article: Lee Burgquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to set rules requiring that ocean-going ships entering the Great Lakes treat ballast water before the water is released into the lakes. The new policy is contained in a funding bill for the […]

PFAS, A threat to human health and our environment

PFAs, otherwise known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a family of more than 3,000 manufactured chemicals that were first put into production in the mid 1900’s. Manufacturers first became interested in PFAS because they possess some unique properties that are utilized for a number of different products, including water resistant clothing and non-stick products. In […]