The Catch: E. Coli and faulty septic systems

The Catch: E. Coli and faulty septic systems
May 31, 2022 GLN Editor

Broadcasting in our monthly PBS television program, The Catch is a Great Lakes Now series that brings you more news about the lakes you love. Go beyond the headlines with reporters from around the region who cover the lakes and drinking water issues. Find all the work HERE.

This month, The Catch features stories from our partners in the Great Lakes News Collaborative. The collaborative’s investigation of the cost of water in the Great Lakes region was the focus of the latest episode.

Michigan Radio‘s Lester Graham discusses a story he’s been following in northern Michigan on Elk Lake, where plant life and E.Coli are showing up in previously crystal-clear water.

“Some people want to blame agriculture, some people want to blame other sources like goose poop, for example,” Graham said. “But in reality, it’s likely coming from faulty septic systems.”

Catch more news at Great Lakes Now: 

Michigan’s lack of septic system regulations is causing problems for some of its most pristine lakes

Short-changing Michigan local governments has resulted in deteriorating water systems and other services

Five fixes for Michigan’s drinking water woes


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