Living on or near Lake Erie or any of the Great Lakes, we have little realization of the critical nature of issues facing the Great Lakes. By the time we recognize the issue, it is usually too late. The result ends up being of huge consequence and extreme expense. I must tell you, the Great Lakes are at risk and Lake Erie is in trouble.
The Healing Our Waters Coalition is collaborative group of sporting, community, environmental, and conservation organizations that have banded together to emphasize the importance of the Great Lakes and organize the efforts to save and restore them to their natural splendor.
I was frequently told by my grandparents that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. These were wise words and I have found them to be true. Our Great Lakes are in trouble. The problems can be addressed, but the time is Now!
Our community depends on Lake Erie for its drinking water. Economically it is vital to our area with the tourism industry playing a huge role in our community. The lake also represents a place to for wildlife, swimming, boating, fishing, outdoor experience seekers, and hunting along with the shipping industry.
Untreated sewage from outdated and undersized sewage treatment facilities, agricultural residues, sediment, aquatic invasive species, combined sanitary/storm water systems and toxic heavy metals are only a few generalized items that face us at this time.
Manageable solutions are available, but they must be done Now!
There are many bills in Congress. Contact your Congressional representatives and emphasize to them how important it is to act now to fund and appropriate the money to get the solutions to the problems underway.
Richard Graham, Monroeville
Izaak Walton League of America
Ohio Division Vice President