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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The rivers in 'Pure Michigan' may not be so pure. According to a recent quality report, E. Coli pollution has become a big issue for many of our mid-Michigan local rivers and streams.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) 2014 Impaired Waters Report shows that Pathogen pollution has become widespread.

And in the past five years the number of harmful pathogens including E.Coli has doubled to more than 7000 miles of river being polluted in this area.

The Red Cedar River and Grand River are among the many infected with the bacteria and exposure to the toxins could cause organ failure or even death.

DEQ says the most polluted rivers are in big cities like Lansing and Jackson where there's a bigger population, more infrastructure, and more storm water drainage.

"It becomes a bigger issue because this stuff (E.Coli and other pathogens) builds up. It makes it's way through the food chain and into Mid-Michiganders," said Kevin Goodwin of the Department of Environmental Quality.

If you'd like to know if the water around you is infected with E. Coli, PCB's, or mercury visit: http://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway/#/mywaterway/search.html



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