Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Return on investment

Study: Fund for Lake Michigan helps water, economy

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Wisconsin Gazette

Wisconsin Gazette

Investment in water quality created more than 342 full-time jobs and boosted property values in southeastern Wisconsin by $86 million in the past two years. A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater analyzed the impact of grants from the Fund for Lake Michigan on water quality projects. The study found the grants impact the economy as well as the environment. For 2014 and 2015, the fund awarded 79 grants worth $4.4 million.

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New testing systems shows Flint lead levels drop

MLive.com

Early results from a new, two-bottle testing system in Flint show lower levels of lead in water than previous testing has shown. George Krisztian, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Flint action plan coordinator, told representatives of the city and the state that the limited results are encouraging but added more testing needs to be done.

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Microplastics a growing problem in Great Lakes

Great Lakes Echo

A recent study found that microplastic pollution in the Great Lakes comes from more than just the beads in consumer products like face wash. The U.S. Geological Survey study also identified three other categories – fragments, foams and fibers. Fragments are broken pieces of larger plastics, foams are filmy materials like bags and fibers include fishing line, rope and other fine materials.

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