Industrial plastic is spilling into the Great Lakes, and no one’s regulating it, experts warn

A research team from the University of Toronto has been using Seabins to capture trash that ends up in the lake to figure out where it accumulates in the water, determine what types of trash is getting deposited, and where it’s coming from in the first place. Read the full story by CBC News.

Do your part – Be SepticSmart!

September 20-24, 2021 is SepticSmart week. This annual event focuses on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems. One in five U.S. homes have septic systems. Yours may be one of them. If your septic system is not properly maintained you may be risking your family’s health, hurting […]

Citizens to monitor impacts of climate change on Lake Erie through new program

Niagara area organizations are launching a community-based monitoring program that will engage communities along Lake Erie in the stewardship of shoreline resiliency and healthy coastal ecosystems. Read the full story by the Welland Tribune.

Stay safe this summer: tips for identifying and avoiding harmful algal blooms

Original press release published by MDHHS.  If you or your family are living near or visiting Michigan waters in summer or fall months it is important to be aware of the potential for harmful algal blooms (HABs). HABs form due to a rapid overgrowth or bloom of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria are […]

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.