Concerns in Washtenaw County

Featured Concerns for Washtenaw County

Concerns for Washtenaw County

Toxic PFAS can have incredibly harmful affects on your health.
The full impacts of PFAS exposure and contamination are still being studied, and will be for years to come. These invisible chemicals are a problem for humans of any age and for all living creatures. This is because PFAS collects in our bodies over time and can take years to leave. Because we are often exposed to different types of PFAS, they continuously add up in our bodies and in our bloodst…

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Toxic Foam on Lakes and Rivers + PFAS
This summer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends that Michiganders avoid foam on Michigan lakes, rivers, streams, and beaches. Foam can contain harmful chemicals, including high levels of PFAS. Natural foam is usually off-white or brown in color with an earthy or fishy scent, and collects in bays or dams. But foam that contains PFAS is typically a bright white col…

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Children + PFAS
There are many unknowns about the impacts of PFAS, but recent studies suggest that children are even more negatively affected by PFAS contamination than adults. In Michigan, 6.8% of the population are children under the age of 5 that could potentially be exposed to PFAS every day. In Washtenaw County, this presents the opportunity for potential for exposure to children. Kids encounter more …

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Drinking Water + PFAS
Some drinking water wells may have PFAS in amounts that are high enough to cause concern for human health. About 75% of Michiganders get water from a public water supply. The rest of the state gets their water from private wells. Both can become contaminated by PFAS, so it is important to stay informer about drinking water in Washtenaw County. There are strict drinking water standards that put…

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Farming + PFAS
In April 2022, a new report released by a nonprofit group called Environmental Working Group determined that up to 20 million acres of farmland across the United States are contaminated with PFAS. The state of Michigan has nearly 10 million acres of farmland, and Washtenaw County has 178,995 acres of farmland or food cultivation areas. Sadly these lands are not immune to the toxic effects of P…

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Fishing + PFAS
Fish across the state are tested for PFAS annually, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services releases Eat Safe Fish Guides every Spring.As new guidelines are set as a result of elevated levels of PFOS, Michigan is releasing those advisories outside of the annual Eat Safe Fish Guides update.In Washtenaw County, the state has issued warnings about the fish due to PFAS contamination.…

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