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State asks judge to rule Flint a public health threat, require GLWA water
MLive (6/28)
The state of Michigan is asking a federal court judge to rule the city is endangering the public's health by failing to sign a long-term water contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority or developing a realistic alternative.

Health officials warn of Lake Ontario flooding illness risks
WRVO - Oswego, NY (6/5)
As residents along Lake Ontario try to clean up from this year's flooding, state officials are warning about the health risks the situation poses and the Oswego County Health Department is offering resident's free vaccine shots for those affected by the flooding.

City releases video to warn of drowning dangers in Great Lakes
WKSU - Kent, OH (6/5)
Beaches around the country use a flag system to warn beachgoers about swimming conditions and this season, the city of Holland, Michigan, is trying something new – a video that shows what can happen if someone ignores the red flag.

DEC continues stocking fish in polluted Niagara County creek
WBFO - Buffalo, NY (5/18)
Eighteen Mile Creek in Niagara County, New York, is so polluted that the state health department doesn’t want people to eat the fish, but this hasn’t stopped the state and local governments from promoting the creek as a fishing destination.

Flint's water future clearer three years after fateful switch to river
MLive (4/25)
April 25 marks the three-year anniversary of the initial switch from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as the city's main water source. Three years after the change, recent events have helped Flint's water future become increasingly clear.

Marquette University study finds water issues, but some hope
Green Bay Press-Gazette (4/5)
In Kewaunee County, Michigan, researchers studied the microbial makeup of the area's waters emptying into Lake Michigan to determine how human pollution impacts overall environmental and human health.

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Human Health and the Great Lakes
U.S. EPA Region 5 / Great Lakes Commission
Featuring information on hot topics like drinking water and fish consumption, Human Health and the Great Lakes provides complete and up-to-date information about issues of human health in the Great Lakes region. Also contains a comprehensive glossary of Great Lakes terms and several links to related online resources. Based on data taken from the EPA's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) studies.

Environmental Defence Canada
FoodWatch provides meaningful information and effective tools for making informed decisions about food safety, and act on these decisions to achieve better human and environmental health.

Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The ATSDR research program is designed to investigate and characterize the association between the consumption of contaminated Great Lakes fish and short- and long-term harmful health effects.

Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Hazdat provides access to information on the release of hazardous substances from Superfund sites or from emergency events and on the effects of hazardous substances on the health of human populations.

MESB Reports
Michigan Environmental Science Board
The MESB investigates issues concerning the environment and human health at the request of the governor's office. Topics include fish advisories, mercury, lead, chlorine and low level radioactive waste.

Midwest Center for Environmental Science and Public Policy
The Midwest Center is committed to achieving sustainable improvements in human health and the environment through objective, unbiased research and education, and through science-based advocacy.

NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health
NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
The NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health (CEGLHH) is a multi-disciplinary research center which will focus on understanding the inter-relationships between the Great Lakes ecosystem, water quality and human health.

The Effects of Great Lakes Contaminants on Human Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This report focuses on adverse human health effects of pollutants.

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GLIN: Great Lakes Fish Consumption Advisories
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GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region

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