What You Can Do
As you read in the pollution section, it was the public's support for the clean-up of the water that ultimately decided the fate of the lakes, rivers, and streams in the Great lakes region. The thousands of letters that were written, phone calls that were made, along with the public education that was conducted convinced the government that the public wanted action to be taken. While the water quality has improved significantly in the past 40 years or so, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
By the end of the century, we would like to see all of the lakes, rivers and streams removed from the poor water quality rating. We would like to see that the percentage of water being rated good has increased, while the percentage of water rated as fair decreases. This is where you come in. While you may not be able to actually remove the pollution by yourself, you are able to do other things. By writting letters to the Senators and other politicians in the area, you will be expressing your concerns; just like citizens did over forty years ago. Your letters of support will help to change existing laws and help to pass new laws.
If you tell someone what you know about the pollution in the Great Lakes, then maybe they will tell someone that they know, and so on.Eventually, everyone will be awarte of the problems faced by the environment. The more people that know about the problem, the more people will work together to prevent furthur pollution. In the beginning of this paragraph, you will find an icon to click on. That icon will bring you to a page with the names of each state senator in the Great Lakes states. If you click on the name of a senator, the computer will allow you to send e-mail directly to the senators of the Great Lakes region.