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Muskegon and White lakes reach cleanup milestones
Great Lakes Echo (3/12)
Cleanup efforts at two Michigan Areas of Concern, Muskegon Lake and White Lake, have reached important milestones, according to the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

Caution still advised when consuming fish from Muskegon, White lakes despite decreased contamination levels
MLive (3/3)
The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes announced that environmental cleanup operations have significantly reduced the level of pollutants in Muskegon Lake and White Lake. However, there are still fish advisories in place.

Grand Calumet River delivers toxic load to Lake Michigan
Great Lakes Echo (1/24)
The Grand Calumet has long been known as one of the nation’s most polluted rivers-it carries materials from overflowing sewers during heavy rains, contaminated sediment pulled from the river bottom, industrial run-off and contaminated groundwater into Lake Michigan.

Niagara River back from the brink
Niagara This Week (12/6)
A quarter century after serious cleanup efforts of the Niagara River got underway, much headway has been made in reducing pollution levels in the vital waterway, however, many challenges remain.

Fish advisory update on St. Clair Shores council agenda
The Macomb Daily Tribune (9/18)
A state health official is scheduled to appear before the St. Clair Shores City Council Monday to provide an update on the “Do Not Eat” fish advisory placed on the Lange/Revere canals due to elevated levels of cancer-causing PCBs.

White Lake fish as good as other lakes, but you shouldn't eat them every night
MLive.com (8/21)
You shouldn’t eat fish from White Lake every night, but they’re no worse than fish from any other Michigan lake. That was the conclusion from two samplings of White Lake fish done five years apart.

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General Resources
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.

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State and Provincial Resources
An Expectant Mother's Guide to Eating Illinois Fish (PDF)
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
What you should know if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or nursing a baby.

Fish Advisories in Illinois
Illinois Department of Public Health

Indiana Fish Consumption Advisory
Indiana State Department of Health
Three state agencies annually publish the fish consumption advisory, which provides Hoosier anglers with health information about eating sport caught fish from Indiana waters.

Michigan Fish Advisory
Michigan Department of Community Health
Michigan began its fish advisory program in the 1970s. Special attention is paid to pregnant women, nursing mothers, women who intend to have children and young children. Unborn children and young children are especially sensitive to chemicals that build up in fish over time. Michigan’s advisory for sport fish is more strict than the regulations used by the federal government for fish sold in supermarkets.

Fish Consumption Advice
Minnesota Department of Health
Provides advice on how often fish can safely be eaten, especially by at-risk populations including children and women of child-bearing age. Also features detailed, site-specific advice for lakes and rivers where fish have been tested.

Health Advisories: Chemicals in Sportfish and Game
New York State Department of Health
Recommendations are based on evaluation of contaminant levels in fish and shellfish.

Ohio Fish Consumption Advisory
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Here you will find information on fish consumption advisories issued by the Ohio Department of Health for sport fish caught in Ohio waters.

Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish
Ontario Ministry of the Environment
This biennial guide contains important information on consumption of sport fish from Ontario waters for both the general population and the sensitive population of women of child-bearing age and children under 15.

Pennsylvania Public Health Advisory - Fish Consumption
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
These consumption advisories provide guidance to individuals or segments of the population at greater risk from exposure to contaminants in fish.

Freshwater Fishing: Consumption Guidelines
Quebec Ministry of the Environment
Available in French only.

Fish Consumption Advisories
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Important health information for people eating fish from Wisconsin waters.

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GLIN: Fish and Fisheries in the Great Lakes Region

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