Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Really Protect our Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes need protection from a variety of conditions.  Besides the release of massive amounts of sewage, invasive species, Climate Change, mercury (from pollution and natural causes), new invasive disease like VHS, phosphates from runoffs, our Great Lakes are in trouble. The government is stepping in as are many private groups to help clean up our largest fresh water source. 

I hope those who are fighting to stop the possibility of off-shore wind farms on our Great Lakes because of the aesthetic discomfort of seeing these large renewable energy sources that do not add greenhouse gases (or mercury from coal) to our atmosphere are also behind all these efforts to make the pristine visage of a clean Great Lakes into actual lakes that are clean.

My guess is many who say they are for a clean and pristine Great Lakes are only interested in the aesthetics of the lakes and care not to delve into the serious threats confronting our Great Lakes.

One of the ways, instead of railing against off-shore wind farms which will reduce much of the pollution to the lakes by not using more polluting sources, would be to read this study and help stop sewage into our lakes: "New Report: Solving Region’s Sewage Crisis Will Create Jobs, Restore Great Lakes Reversing federal wastewater infrastructure deficit, investing in “green” solutions key to tackling sewage overflows—serious public health threat Failure to Address $23 Billion Backlog Could Hamper Restoration Efforts ANN ARBOR, MICH. (Aug. 9, 2010) —The Great Lakes are under siege from sewage pollution, four decades after Congress passed the federal Clean Water Act, according to a new report from the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. (Click here to download the report.) Turning the Tide: Investing in Wastewater Infrastructure to Create Jobs and Solve the Sewage Crisis in the Great Lakes --from - Healthy Lakes - Healthy Lives

1 comment:

Bill Cowel said...

I grew up in Buffalo and remember how dirty Lake Erie was in the early 70's. When I was 10 and the steel factories was still in full production, I recall how bad the air and water smelled.

In the 80's I enjoyed salmon fishing on both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

The lakes have come a long way and I'd like to see the trend continue. I'm alarmed about the threats you mentioned and will research those issues. My company recently started providing SEO services in Rochester, NY and I'm hoping to go salmon fishing in Lake Ontario near Rochester this fall.

On a separate note, I spent a weekend this summer in Crystal Beach, Ontario and had the opportunity to see the wind farms in Buffalo. I saw no problem with them and greatly prefer their look to the look of Nine Mile Point in Oswego, NY.

Thanks for your post.