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A Community Based Mercury Reduction On The Lake Superior Basin

Project Information

Award Amount:$36,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$10,800.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/98-10/1/00
Description:Summary: The specific goals of the project were: 1) to quantify Marquette, Michigan area mercury emissions through sampling and a regional mercury source mass balance, 2) identify and target areas and business sectors with significant mercury emissions for assistance with mercury reduction, 3) organize specific community mercury reduction activities, such as thermometer exchanges, 4) coordinate mercury reduction efforts with key players and share successful strategies and useful information with other Upper Peninsula communities, 5) develop materials for and conduct public education and outreach to generally reduce mercury use and encourage appropriate handling and disposal of mercury-containing devices.
Environmental Results/Products: With the help of this grant, the National Wildlife Federation and interested community members, the Marquette Community Mercury Reduction Committee (MCMRC) has accomplished the following:

• The MCMRC conducted low-level mercury sampling in 2000 and 2001. The results of the sampling enabled the MCMRC to pinpoint areas and industries with higher mercury discharges for future education on mercury reduction.
• Based on sampling results, as well as information from available literature on mercury sources and knowledge of the community, the MCMRC identified local targets for mercury pollution prevention efforts. Their targets included hospitals, medical/veterinary community, local coal-fire power plants, the dental community, educational institutions, and the heating and plumbing industry.
• The MCMRC designed educational materials to address industry-specific mercury topics, and focused mercury reduction efforts, such as workshops and thermometer exchanges, on these areas.
• For the coal-fired power plants, the MCMRC encouraged energy conservation among users.
• The MCMRC has held successful Mercury Free Medicine Workshop and has obtained 700 thermometers for thermometer exchanges.
• MCMRC contacted a number of Upper Peninsula wastewater treatment plants, education institutions, and medical facilities to establish outlets to distribute mercury information.
• The MCMRC developed informational presentations and a brochure on local mercury disposal options targeted toward the needs of the local community.
• The MCMRC through publicity of its activities and one-on-one contacts, to inform the community of its availability to provide non-regulatory assistance in mercury reductions.
• Other major accomplishments in this area have included meeting with decision-making individuals at specific institutions known to use mercury. In this way, the MCMRC has been able to identify areas that need additional mercury education and make key players in these institutions aware of the community interest in mercury use, handling and disposal, especially by larger entities.


  • Educational materials to address industry-specific topics

Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

Marquette County - Primary Contact

300 West Baraga
Marquette, Michigan 49855-4763
p: (906) 228-0485
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Marquette County Health Department - Partner

184 US Highway 41 East
Negaunee, Michigan 49866
p: (906) 475-9977
f: (906) 475-9312

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Partner

Environmental Science & Services Division
PO Box 30457
Lansing, Michigan 30457
p: 800-662-9278

National Wildlife Federation - Partner

Great Lakes Natural Resource Center
506 E. Liberty, 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2210
p: 313-769-3351
f: 313-769-1449

Northern Michigan University - Partner

1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, Michigan 49855
p: 800-682-9797


Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-8940

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