[QUOTE=Wavewacker;1112043]Too bad it takes our tax dollars to clean up messes made by corporate violators of our environment
. So many will rape the earth and resources to make or save a buck.
The issue is not corporate violators. The Fed EPA and EPA of various states have been pretty good about these former, agresous pollutors. Its easy to identify them and the states and courts have been agressive about pursuing them. The real problem is massive over-fertility. Farm run-off from farms everywhere along the lakes is bad but the farming insult is greatest along the South shore of Erie. Add to this that cities along the rivers often have only primary sewage treatment. The other massively bad area is Green Bay. The photo
below is taken on the FOX River three years ago. Comming from Michigan, we were shocked when we neared the south end of the bay. Michigan has more agressively gone after sewage treatment and the farm density is very low. The bay water
is very shallow and there are huge area of algae bloom. The river itself is a green sewer. The tall ship ahead of us had to shut-down on overheat due to ingestion of Fox R crud. It is like this all through the city of Green Bay. The Fox drains huge areas of dairy and other farm land and the relativel small volume and poor water
exchange of the bay insures that the slime stays close to home. Until we are willing to deal with and look for proper solutions to fertility the problem will only get worse.
I sailed out of Cleveland for many years about 40 years ago. There was one bennefit to the Zebra Muscles. In the 18 years I sailed there, we watched the water bercome clearer every year in our basin. It went from coffee with cream to totally clear with bass and weed beds. The down side is that the sun penetrates now and grows massive weed banks. These die annmually and suck the oxygen from the water. The gyre at the lake's center in the deeper east basin turned into a Oxygen depleted zone.
Not generally appreciated is the mess in Chicago. It was explained to me by the Federal Asian Carp 'Czar' that the reason we can't shut down the Chicago River canal and locks is that Chicago depends on the flow to sweep their sewage outfall to the Mississippi
. They only have primary treatment there. The Gulf of Mexico
also has a dead zone. The DNR and EPA have been trying to force clean-up of this source for many years. Chicago politics is legendary so this is not likly to change. Seems to me that stimulus money
would have been better spent on this type of infrastructure with a positive ROI than on I96 highway baricades etc.