Ecology: Time for Transfusion

Lake Erie is critically ill, and the symptoms are there for all to see. Beaches that once were gleaming with white sand are covered with smelly greenish slime. The lake's prize fish—walleyes, blue pike, yellow perch and whitefish—have all but disappeared, and the fishing fleets along with them. After surveying their sludgy waters last year, over 1,000,000 irate Ohio citizens petitioned Governor James A. Rhodes to ask for remedial action, and thousands have sent in letters. Wrote one Clevelander: "Our lake is a wastebasket for factories. It is unfit for fish to live in and for people to enjoy."


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