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In our series, Ten Threats to the Great Lakes, we've been looking at environmental problems affecting the health of the lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham is guiding us through the issues one-by-one:

The experts who identified the Ten Threats to the Great Lakes for us say nonpoint source pollution is one of the worst threats. That's pollution that doesn't come out of a pipe but instead is washed from streets and farm fields… and lawns. Americans use at least three million of tons of fertilizer on their lawns every year. But the same compounds that make for a lush, green lawn can make a stinky, slimy mess when they get washed into lakes and rivers. Sarah Hulett looks at efforts to limit the amount of lawn chemicals that make their way into the waterways:    more...

Minnesota's state phosphorus ban

Lake Sherwood Association

Michigan Environmental Council

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With the amount of people who just don't understand what is happening to the Great Lakes and how they can so easilly help to reduce the problem, I am not suprised to say the least that we would consider legislation as a way of getting people to do something that will benefit all of us. I applaude the Great Lakes Consortium for putting so much effort into educating the public about the problems facing our waters and how we might remedy those problems. What surprisesme most is that when we tell people of the problem and what they can do to help, they still continue to go on the way they always have. When we tell people that there is a seriuos disease that could infect them and they need to be inocculated against it, they will jump right in line to get the shot or vaccine. Yet they just don't respond to the reallity of polution being a threat to everyones health and future in the same way. It's as if people view Polution as an earth problem and not a human problem. The fact is, they are one in the same and because we live on and by the earth. We need to focus on polution as a threat to mankind and not just a threat to the earth, air and waters. Then we will be looking at polution as a personal threat to each and everyone of us and not some abstract thing that we are somehow not affiliated with. Just because you don't live by the water, doesn't mean that the water is not your concern or just because you don't live on or by the mountain of toxic waste, doesn't mean that mountain won't efect you as much as everyone else. Pat Waite, Editor of The "Eye Catcher" for the DWF10/25/2005 7:21:24 PM
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