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Water Problems of Michigan

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Michigan has its fair share of environmental issues. Among the state’s biggest issue concerns water quality. Pollution is enormous within the Great Lakes, as can be seen in Lake Michigan and several rivers such as the Kalamazoo and Grand River. The contamination of water includes such things as sewage, dumping of toxic chemicals, garbage, and mercury emissions from power plants and factories. According to Brandon Howell of Mlive Michigan news, who discusses the issues of mercury, “Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that harms growing children and pollutes our environment” (2). Factors like toxins and sewage, pose a threat to the wildlife that depend on the lakes and rivers. Poor water quality could very well possibly be related to poor economic conditions that the state is currently suffering from right now. The quality of water is a major problem in Michigan that should be brought to attention so that citizens can understand the pollution risk factors if they want to contribute to the solution of cleaner water.
Currently, the Grand River is experiencing problems with toxic chemicals that continue to kill off fish and other underwater wildlife. The majority of these chemicals are released by the Eckert Power Plant located within Moores River Park. Mark Nixon, The Communications Director for The Board of Water and Light, explains that the plant releases enormous amounts of “mercury, sulfur and nitrogen compounds” (15). The Board of Water and Light is working on trying to make the river cleaner in addition to reducing emissions of these harmful chemicals while in the process of moving towards natural gas over coal. An editor for the Physicians of Social Responsibility in the article “Coal Ash” explains that the use of coal is danger...

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