Record warm water temperatures now on most Great Lakes

Warm weather in September and October has kept the Great Lakes’ water temperatures much warmer than normal for mid-November. A few of the Great Lakes are warmer than they have ever been since consistent water temperature tracking has been developed. Read the full story by MLive.

AG Nessel urges Senate action to improve federal regulation of toxic PFAS

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general urging the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee to take action on federal health and environmental protections to address per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS. Read the full story by Midland Daily News.

Hundreds of Thousands of Leaky Septic Systems a Major Source of Public Health Threatening Toxic Water Pollution in Michigan

Article published by Michigan Waterfront Alliance “One half of Michigan’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams suffer from concentrations of toxic e-coli that exceed minimum water quality standards.” Hundreds of thousands of failing septic tanks in Michigan are acting as a major source of human fecal matter associated e-coli bacteria laden raw sewage that […]

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 […]