Sea Grant Michigan has a website full of useful information on the Great Lakes. Some examples include: Exotic Species; Coast Watch; Fisheries News; Research and Research Grants; Education; Issues and News; Helpful Contacts, more. Visit them at:

Info on vehicles that save gas and pollute less.

For a map detailing the wetlands of Lake Erie, go to Sea Grant Michigan’s link at:

Air quality & toxic chemicals. The air quality departments of eight Great Lakes states and Ontario have updated an emissions inventory of 82 toxic chemicals and their presence in the Great Lakes. The inventory gives decision-makers information that is consistent across jurisdictions and helps identify both point source and nonpoint source impacts in the

Lake Ontario Keeper has a brand new website, partially funded by a grant from GLAHNF. The Lake Ontario Keeper program functions as a pollution watchdog for Lake Ontario, investigating and documenting sources of pollution and reporting findings to local officials, media, citizens, and grassroots groups. Site includes seasonal info. such as a guide to eating Ontario sport fish and

As part of the Great Lakes Regional Air Toxic Emissions Inventory project, Air Mapper is the first in a series of applications to improve access and understanding of toxic air emissions in the Great Lakes Basin. For more information, go to

U.S. EPA Office of Water. Lots of info like “What are Wetlands?,” “Why Protect Wetlands?,” “How are Wetlands Protected?,” “What You Can Do to Protect our Vital Water Resources,” watersheds, education and information resources, monitoring and assessment, plus laws, regulations, guidance, and scientific documents.

Well Water. This site by the National Ground Water Association contains resources to help well owners with maintenance and other important issues.

For information on U.S. EPA Section 401 certifications and water quality standards for wetlands, plus links to laws and regulations concering wetlands, go

Mercury in the water. More and more communities are sponsoring mercury collection days – collecting mercury-containing thermometers and thermostats and replacing them with mercury-free ones. Duluth, Minnesota has become the first city in North America to ban the sale of mercury thermometers. For info on “How to Plan and Hold a Mercury Thermometer Roundup” or “Mercury Thermometers and Your Family’s Health”, go to:

Environment Canada-Ontario Region of the Great Lakes is an information resource that provides an index of Environment Canada’s Great Lakes programs, publications, and databases, and is a window to other environmental networks. The site has up-to-date Great Lakes information including “State of the Great Lakes,” “Weather, Climate, and Water Levels,” “Educational Resources,” maps, what’s making news, “Great Lakes Beyond 2000,” more.

For a model Coastal Shoreline Protection Ordinance for local governments along Michigan’s Great Lakes, visit the Michigan Land Use Institute at:


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