February 3, 2014

Receding water levels have left mud flats along the beach at Ephraim in Door County. News media outlets are now reporting that Lake Michigan water levels are at a record low, but most do not mention water for profit like Nestle, who bottle millions of gallons of water a day and ship it over seas to China as a factor. In fact, most Americans do not realize that water is worth more than gasoline in some places in the world. mainly because of over crowding, pollution and scarcity. Places like Chicago, Detroit and outlining communities who find their tax coffers in the negative, privatize their water supply to the highest bidder and in the process allow them to take a percentage of their water for bottling. Adding to the corporate greed for profit, it should also be noted that Chicago alone uses 2 billion gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan, yet still they claim this has no ill effect on water levels because it is a net loss, but what they fail to tell you is all the water pumped out of Lake Michigan isn't returned like most cities but rather pumped down river.

 "The last two decades have been kind of exceptional," said Carl Watras, a climate scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Great Lakes and Lake Michigan have a 13 year rise and fall cyclic pattern and usually balance out in a predictable time frame, yet this hasn't happened leading some to question what factors have changed. As usual a lot of Climatologists point to man-made globe warning,which lately in politics is a catch phase to push more governmental controls over the people. Yet, where is the regulation over corporate abuse of natural resources?

"A 1.5 litre bottle of Pepsi's Aquafina, for example, costs around $2.70, but the same amount of water taken from the Montreal tap system costs only 1/500th of a cent."

With profits like that it's no wonder why the responsibility to maintain levels for future generations is not a top priority. 

Unless we realize that water isn't a renewable resource but rather a limited resource which through nuclear cooling stations, chemical manufacturing, transportation and run off from various toxic activities in the world, the amount left that can be recycled will be minimal to say the least, which makes me believe it will not be enough for everyone in the future. Or could this be just a long term plan for the wealthy few who own these resources to create a monopoly on water and control what chemicals are mixed with it? What motives would these powerful people possibly have? One could be the profitability of fluoride disposal in drinking water which is a much cheaper way of getting rid of a costly and hazardous waste. After all, the ADA as hailed fluoride's ability to fight off tooth decay, but fail to inform the public of the following side effects of its ingestion even at low levels which include:

- Stomach pain or irritation
- Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
- General weakness
- Risk of convulsions
- Ulcers
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Hypocalcemia with nervous system disorders (tetany)
- Dental fluorosis* (discoloring of teeth)
- Skeletal fluorosis* (adverse changes in bone structure or bone strength)
- Development of Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer

No matter what you may think one thing is clear, the great lakes are being drained and the water isn't coming back.

"It’s the world’s greatest source of fresh water and we are the stewards of that gift. We have a huge responsibility to leave it in better shape than we found it."

-Senator Carl Levin, Michigan



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