Lake Erie ‘pond scum’ may become the norm

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  1. Have read about this awful development. It adds to my list of things hard to have a “voice” in improving. Though very involved environmentally for many years, I wonder if there is more I can do than sign another petition. And try to have input on the local scene. April 4 there’s a Gun Control Rally at the state legislature about an hour away. Six of us older people raising our signs, our voices.

    Besides Bill McKibben, who speaks for the earth?

    1. I suspect there are as many environmentalists in Colorado as there are in Oregon. It’s hard not to be concerned and aware when you’re surrounded with so much natural beauty. But there’s only so much one person can do. I’m glad to hear you’re going to the gun control rally.

  2. Ohio, and the states that surround it, have a long history indeed when it comes to polluting The Great lakes. I remember hearing rumors about Lake Erie having actually caught fire at one point as a result when I first moved here in 1970. Though that turned out to be a bit of an exaggeration, the truth, as told in When our rivers caught fire, is no less concerning.

    Interestingly enough, as bad as the damage potential from the continuous pollution is, it’s rarely talked about on the local news – at least here in central Ohio. Politics, perhaps? 😕

    1. Out of sight, out of mind for a lot of people. It’s hard to whip up concern for an environmental problem when people don’t see or feel the consequences in their own lives. Politics? For sure! And money. Nobody (eg, farmers) is going to take action if doing so will cost them a lot of money. Environmental action always has a price.

  3. This indeed is serious stuff. Our paper in southwest Michigan gave the story big play. Individual actions can’t make a dent in this problem. Government controls are needed to stave off recurring disasters in Lake Erie.

    1. The Great Lake states, in particular, should be apoplectic about this, for any number of reasons. And isn’t Erie particularly vulnerable because of its relative shallowness? As you say, the government need to up the ante.

... and that's my two cents