Lake Erie provides drinking water to the region, habitat for
wildlife, and it’s a mecca for fishing and recreation.
However, microbial pollution in the lake threatens human and
ecosystem health, as well as local economies and future economic
In addition to the most basic need for safe drinking water, the
availablity of good quality freshwater affects nearly every aspect
of modern life, including energy resources, food production,
transportation, manufacturing, and recreation, as well as
supporting ecological well-being and the ecosystem services on
which life depends.
Climate change is the single most pressing global issue facing
society today; one estimate suggests that a climate-induced global
sea level rise of just one meter will cost 28 trillion US dollars
to world economies.