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“Researchers from Virginia Tech university say they’ve found the first direct evidence that corrosive water caused elevated blood lead levels in Flint children,” Ron Fonger reports. “A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Water Research relied on years of data from routine measurements of metals in Flint’s sewage sludge, showing a connection between rising levels of lead in city waste, blood lead levels in children and use of the Flint River as a water source.”
Crain’s Detroit Business
“Ecologists, biologists, anglers and politicians all agree that Asian carp are a problem. A 2015 report from the Government Accountability Office called aquatic-invasive species like Asian carp a ‘never-ending oil spill.’ Officials have in recent years closed the St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minnesota between the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes watershed, constructed the Eagle Marsh berm in Indiana that closed a connection point between the Maumee River, which flows into Lake Erie, and the Wabash River,” Dustin Walsh reports. “Yet the Mississippi River's largest entry point to the Great Lakes — the Chicago Area Waterways System, which connects to Lake Michigan — remains its most vulnerable.” [Bonus coverage from the Associated Press: Army Corps approves $778M plan to block Asian carp advance]
Great Lakes Echo
“Sometimes pollution is dramatic, like aerial footage of a 2011 coal ash pond collapse that sent toxic contents onto the beach and into Lake Michigan in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, just south of Milwaukee,” Andrew Blok reports. “Sometimes pollution is hidden, like the toxic cancer-causing, brain-damaging chemicals like arsenic and lithium at elevated levels in groundwater beneath coal plants throughout the country, according to a recent report by the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project. That’s a worry because groundwater is the source of much of the nation’s drinking water.”
“Each year hundreds of millions of birds die in the U.S. after colliding with windows. Skyscrapers are not the chief cause, but mostly mid-rise buildings,” Lester Graham reports.
Detroit Free Press
“It's a daunting task: How to break down ‘the forever chemical?’ But scientists across the country are researching, with urgency, ways to bust apart or capture per- and polyflouroalkyl substances, or PFAS,” Keith Matheny reports. “State officials suspect the potentially harmful compound could be contaminating more than 11,000 sites in Michigan, and hundreds more across the country.”