The article I found is about how the State of Michigan is expecting to receive funds from the federal government in order to support new plans for a $3 billion annual cleanup blueprint. The areas of cleanup include: contaminated sediments, beach and water health, and improved water a sewage systems. The article seems to focus on the ‘beauty’ value of the project’s plans in order to attract new businesses.
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One would figure that the huge project would be focused on bettering the environment for the sake of our future water supply seeing as the great lakes are home to over 350 species of fish, border 10,000 miles of shoreline, and provide drinking water to 40 million people. However, since the first colonialists showed up the waterways have been used in the transportation needs of many local businesses. Starting as fur trading the trades have gone through iron, steel, oil, grain, and of course automobiles.
I see how the article views the project as good for potential businesses to move in but I think the real factors here are the positive affects the project will have for 40million people and countless species of wildlife.
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