The NY Times reports today on the signs that should have made Toledo’s water contamination problem completely foreseeable.
Lake Erie is in trouble, and getting worse by the year.
Flooded by tides of phosphorus washed from fertilized farms, cattle feedlots and leaky septic systems, the most intensely developed of the Great Lakes is increasingly being choked each summer by thick mats of algae, much of it poisonous. What plagues Toledo and, experts say, potentially all 11 million lakeside residents, is increasingly a serious problem across the United States.
Unfortunately, don’t expect this to jog much action. There is an ongoing cycle related to water scarcity that circles from alarm to rectification to putting the problem on the back burner again.
Inevitable takes place as the ultimate alarm occurs, when there are no other decisions to make. What do you think the country will do when water scarcity hits in finality? There’s only so many choices, aren’t there?