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Meag Schwartz, network coordinator for the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, has been leading trash cleanups along the shore of Lake Huron. The most common litter found in her cleanups, cigarette butts. Read the full story by The Alpena News. Read the full story Tags: Daily News, Great Lakes, Michigan, found
By Ed White, Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan on Wednesday urged residents of Benton Harbor to use only bottled water for cooking and drinking, a major shift in response to the city’s elevated levels of lead.
The state recently said it would distribute free water and filters in the southwestern Michigan city.
By Lester Graham, Michigan Radio
The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.
This month of The Catch features stories from our partners in the Great Lakes News Collaborative. The collaborative’s investigation of the cost of water in the Great Lakes region was the focus of the latest episode.
Michigan Radio‘s Lester Graham discusses a story he’s been following in northern Michigan on Elk Lake, where plant life and E.Coli are showing up in previously crystal-clear water.
From lead pipes to PFAS, drinking water contamination is a major issue plaguing cities and towns all around the Great Lakes. Cleaning up contaminants and providing safe water to everyone is an ongoing public health struggle.
Keep up with drinking water-related developments in the Great Lakes area.
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- Tribune report shows six of 10 Illinoisans drinking tap water with toxic chemicals; Conte says chemicals found in Quincy but don’t pose serious threat – Muddy River News
A recent investigation by the Chicago Tribune says more than 8 million people in the state — 6 out of every 10 Illinoisians — are drinking tap water with toxic chemicals that build up in human blood, cause cancer and other diseases and take years to leave the body.
Go right to the list of lighthouses here.
For Patrick McKinstry, his love of lighthouses began when he was 4 or 5 years old.
He was on a family trip at the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan, and asking his mother what it was and if he could go in.