Undercurrents: beneath the obvious


Q: What’s this web site? 

This web site shares my interest in the Great Lakes and, especially, the environmental and political challenges they are facing. Given that, one hopes I have interesting enough things to say to keep you entertained for at least a little while and maybe you’ll learn something about the Great Lakes in the process.  

Q: OK, and who are you?

I am a long time Michigan resident and have been writting and blogging about water issues surrounding the Great Lakes since 2001. This blog is my most recent re-incarnation of those writings. If you would like to reach me, you can email me at:

ubinemo at gmail dot com 

Q: Are you one of them environmentalists or are you in the back-pocket of one of them corporations (take your pick)?

No, I am a proponent of conservation efforts and proper stewardship of these Great Lakes. But let’s base our decisions on good science, cultural economics based on a careful analysis of proven facts, and a consideration for the use of these lakes within the context of our environmental goals. 

Q: How about those Great Lakes?

Great Lakes BasinA: Today, 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water is contained in the five great lakes: 5,473 cubic miles (22,812 km³), or 6 quadrillion gallons (22.81 quadrillion litres) in all. It is enough water to cover the contiguous 48 states to a uniform depth of 9.5 feet (2.9 m). The combined surface area of the lakes is 94,250 square miles (244,100 km²)— larger than the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire combined.Water is a way of life in the Great Lakes region. From the groundwater that flows from the tap to drink, to the Great Lakes and beautiful inland-lakes, rivers, wetlands and natural areas where our families go to swim, fish, boat, hike and relax.Water is the world’s most precious natural resource and all of us in the Great Lakes region have a responsibility to defend these special places and valuable resources so that they can be used and enjoyed for generations.Misconceptions about where water comes from, increasing demand, and disregard about where water goes after it’s been used, pose a serious threat to the future of our Great Lake water resources.The Great Lakes are vast, but they aren’t infinite. Conservation and efficient use will secure our water supplies and protect our environment for generations to come. But, if we don’t have a plan for water conservation, we can’t maintain our wonderful way of life. 

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