Every year, billions of gallons of sewage are dumped into the Great Lakes, a drinking source for more than 30 million Americans. Sewage dumping threatens the safety of our drinking water and leads to thousands of beach closures each year. Beach closures have a significant economic impact on numerous cash-strapped communities surrounding the Great Lakes and cost the local economy $2.4 million in lost revenue every year. To highlight the top 12 sewage polluters in the Great Lakes region, Senator Mark Kirk (R, IL) compiled the “Dirty Dozen” list below.
Now if we can get other Senators and Congressmen (maybe from Wisconsin?) to identify other large-scale polluters in the region, we might just see some real progress in improving the health of our streams, rivers and lakes. Who knows, it might even improve the health of their voters.