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Great Lakes Compact

New York is getting closer to joining most of the other Great Lakes states and Canada and approving the Great Lakes non-diversion compact. So is Indiana.

And not a moment too soon, I’m afraid…

Lake Mead Could Dry Up by 2021

The study concludes that natural forces such as evaporation, changes wrought by global warming and the increasing demand from the booming Southwest population are creating a deficit from this part of the Colorado River system. Along with Lake Powell, which is on the border between Arizona and Utah, Lake Mead supplies roughly 8 million people in the cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Diego, among others, with critical water supplies.

Let’s hope the people of the Southwest will become leaders in water conservation, something we all could learn from. Meanwhile, perhaps in part prompted by our common waters, business leaders from Great Lakia — including some from Syracuse — got together in Detroit this week to express some increased regional consciousness.

And with the federal government behaving like this, maybe that lack of consciousness could be bad for regional health in more ways than one…

The Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit Washington, D.C. investigative organization, says it has access to explosive government research, hitherto unknown, that more than nine million people who live in the more than two dozen Great Lakes states —including such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee — may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pesticides, lead, mercury, or six other hazardous pollutants… The center claims that for more than seven months, the nation’s top public health agency blocked the publication of the exhaustive federal study, reportedly because it contains such potentially “alarming information” as evidence of elevated infant mortality and cancer rates.

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  1. Mrs. Mecomber | February 13, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I think what is missing from the federal government’s consciousness is that there are RISKS associated with living in certain geographic areas. There’s a RISK to living in drought-prone Arizona, there’s a RISK to living in hurricane-prone Louisiana and Florida. Why should we northern states have to sacrifice our resources for others’ risky behavior? We have enough of our own risks here– politicians.

    There are consequences to where you choose to live! I don’t understand why people don’t understand this. I have relatives who have moved to North Carolina and Arizona (what New Yorker doesn’t), and all these northerners can’t understand that NO, you cannot have lush lawns and wooded lots in AZ and NC! It’s crazy.

  2. Ellen | February 13, 2008 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Well, apparently there’s a RISK of PCB poisoning here in the Northeast… ;-)

    And a risk of slush. That’s a big one.

  3. Ellen | February 13, 2008 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    PS… because it doesn’t go anywhere else… This is an absolutely mind-numbing tour of Detroit’s ruins (compiled by a city booster)