posted on Aug, 21 2010 @ 11:59 PM
Back in the mid 90's I was involved as a research contractor for the Great Lakes 2000 joint US/Canada program which was meant to clean up the Great
Lakes. The program was pretty straightforward, I made the silt analyzers to determine conductivity levels that could be used to vertically position
specialized "scoops" that would remove polluted crap from the lake floor (horizontal positioning controlled by GPS) so it could be transported to
the remediation process. The whole project was canned in the mid 90's as well. The problem, was that there were so many seriously dangerous
pollutants on the lake floors that it would be realistically impossible to process the millions of cubic feet of PCB's, Tannen and other carcinogens,
let alone all the normal everyday semi-poisonous junk. The plan for getting it off the bottom and onto a barge was perfect, however the logistics of
shipping and remediation were simply unworkable. Without a serious change in the legislation on both sides of the border concerning corporate
polluters it was damn near impossible to keep up with the real-time pollution alone, never mind what has been going on for the last 100+ years.
Someone mentioned eating/drinking anything out of the Great Lakes. DON'T! I've had at least one relative die from cancer after eating parts of a 43
lb salmon that came out of the water in Lake Ontario near Port Credit. When I tested the silt in Oshawa, Whitby and Port Hope it really disgusted me
and one of the real problems as mentioned is how do you get rid of some of the pollutants like PCB's? They require molecular breakdown and the only
place I knew of at the time was a plasma incinerator developed at RMC.
Between what we have done in the past and what is going on now, we may have almost come to a tipping point. Much more of this kind of irresponsible
behavior and I am quite sure we will be going over the precipice into a situation of which, there is no recovery. But what would I know, I just used
mass spectrophotometers, liquid chromatographs, conductivity and turbidity analyzers and other non-technical equipment to come to my conclusions and
that was 15 years ago, so we have another decade and a half now of almost unrestrained pollution.
I think if the US wants to use Great Lakes water, let them, just let's make sure we have a concrete wall that runs down the centre of 4 out of the 5
Great Lakes so we can clean up our side and keep our half.
Cheers - Dave
[edit on 8/22.2010 by bobs_uruncle]