Understanding and monitoring natural and environmental hazards helps protect and improve the health of a community, therefore creating a more resilient community. Drinking water, fish consumption and the use of recreational waters connect the public and individuals directly to the environment around them.
Protecting and improving the health of a community through research on disease, education on promoting healthy lifestyles and monitoring of environmental hazards is the foundation of Public Health and Safety. Public and environmental health in the Great Lakes are under enormous pressure from multiple sources including changes in land use patterns, industrial and agricultural contaminant inputs, invasive species, natural disasters and climate change. These pressures influence fish and wildlife habitats and the risk of human disease and by reducing these pressures both the human and natural systems can become more resilient.
Case studies will focus on understanding and promoting public health and safety concerns aimed at creating more resilient people and their natural environment. To help address these and other public health and safety issues, we are providing case studies of what some communities are doing and examples of data and tools that can help. Case studies that exemplify best practices are the core of the Planning Guide, and we are continually looking to expand those offered. If you have a case study to share – or a local story that illustrates hazard or resilience issues in your community – please contact us.