Here is another good opinion piece regarding what we must do to shepherd the immense water resources of the Great Lakes for current and future generations:
Globe environment reporter Martin Mittelstaedt’s excellent article The Great Lakes Disappearing Act summarized succinctly the case of our shrinking Great Lakes. He rightly points to global warming and dredging in the St. Clair River as major threats to lake levels, noting that Lake Superior is setting records for low-water marks, and levels in the other four sweet-water seas are well below long-term averages.
We must also take seriously the burgeoning water demands of rapidly growing urban centres, both within and beyond the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem, looking to the lakes as the solution to their water woes. Most publicized among these are recurring plans and propositions to move Great Lakes water to far-off places facing water shortages, such as large-scale diversion of water across the continent to the arid southern United States.
But demands from much closer to home are likely the bigger threat to the Great Lakes, since they appear much more feasible from an economic perspective. The strongest of these are coming from rapidly growing communities just beyond the basin boundary, such as Waukesha and New Berlin in Wisconsin, looking to dip into Lake Michigan to replace depleted local groundwater supplies.
Thank our good Canadian friends at the Globe and Mail for this excellent piece entitled, Your tap, your toilet and the Great Lakes