Citizen led group to fight PFAS launches statewide

On July 15th the Great Lakes PFAS Action Network was launched as a group of concerned citizens, scientists, and community leaders with the goal to regulate PFAS use and connect impacted communities with information and resources. Read the full story by WGTQ–TV – Traverse City, MI.

Local health departments in Michigan acknowledge threat of climate change to public health

Only 35% of the officials said that climate change was a priority in their department, even though over three quarters said it will be a problem in the future. The post Local health departments in Michigan acknowledge threat of climate change to public health first appeared on Great Lakes Echo.

Michigan BeachGuard System

Michigan summers and beach days go hand-in-hand but not every seeming oasis is a safe place to dip your toes. Before packing a cooler, towels, sand toys and an umbrella and heading to your local beach, be sure to check out the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Beach Guard System website to see […]

It’s literally raining PFAS around the Great Lakes, say researchers

One of the sites where PFAS was detected in rainwater is right here in MI – Sleeping Bear Dunes. Venier said “The primary concern is still exposure through ingestion or contact with PFAS-coated products, but the contaminated precipitation does, nonetheless, spread the robust chemicals around the environment where they build-up in water bodies and wildlife.” […]

Bad news for fishing: Climate change is sucking the oxygen out of lakes, study suggests

Researchers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. found that from 1980 to 2017, oxygen levels fell by about five per cent near the surface and 19 per cent in deep waters. Raising concern among scientists about the health of aquatic life. View images by CBC News.

The great algae problem on Lake Erie – caused by fertilizer, solved by time and effort

On the western edge of Lake Erie is a green, oily sludge that comes out regularly every summer and lasts into the first month of fall. It’s an issue that will require regional collaboration to solve. Read the full story by WJBK – TV – Detroit, MI.

Trees please: A move to reforest formerly redlined Great Lakes cities

Urban areas are getting hotter. Trees can help. The post Trees please: A move to reforest formerly redlined Great Lakes cities first appeared on Great Lakes Echo.

Celebration of World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water

Today is World Water Day. The approaching summer season and the coronavirus pandemic have given a silent warning to the world on how critical the availability of clean water is. World Water Day, a United Nations designated day, is marked every year on March 22. The day is dedicated to raising ”awareness of the 2.2 billion people […]

It’s National Groundwater Awareness Week – How will you speak up for groundwater?

March 7, 2021 kicked off National Groundwater Awareness Week. It is a week dedicated to the advocacy of groundwater safety and protection and increasing its access across the country. Groundwater is essential to sustain our daily lives, in fact, the United States uses 82.3 billion gallons of fresh groundwater per day for public supply, private supply, […]

Can a cold snap kill invasive species?

The recent cold snap impacts invasive species in different ways. Read the full story by the WXPR – Wausau, WI.