Water-related research for the Great Lakes region



The need to mobilize and integrate water-related research efforts in universities of the Great Lakes region is predicated on the growing body of literature documenting the water resources problems of the Great Lakes and the influenced service area that provides goods and services to the people of that region. The gravity of the water pollution problem in localized areas, the fluctuating lake levels, the specter of increasing water treatment costs and decreasing raw water quality for industries and municipalities, the lack of subregional or regional planning guidelines, and the scarcity of high quality water recreation areas all give special emphasis to the need for sophisticated and systematic research directed toward serving human needs.

The difficulty of such a research effort in terms of data collection, regional economic analysis, or organizational innovations that may be required must not be minimized. Models that need to be built will require several years for conceptualization, planning, and implementation.