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What are the effects of water pollution in the Great Lakes?
from Ben in Plymouth, MI, Age 14

Unfortunately, there are many effects of water pollution in the Great Lakes. Many people and companies have dumped trash and waste products into the Great Lakes either accidentally and intentionally. These pollutants are often carried away by the current, but they do not disappear.

Some effects of water pollution include the following:

  • Deformities of fish, birds, and other wildlife, sometimes leading to fish consumption advisories and even to complete loss of fish and wildlife habitat
  • Taste and color differences in lake water, which can lead to restrictions placed on drinking water and swimming (beach closings)
  • Raised and new added costs to agriculture and industry for clean-ups and other extra efforts
  • Death of beneficial microscopic organisms and the over-production of undesirable algae as well as degradation of the lake bottom, which serves as a home for many types of organisms

Related references:
TEACH: Areas of Concern

Thank you for your question!

Answered on May 17, 2001

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