Middle School students write about saving Great Lakes
Published in the Milford Times January 26, 2006
In my eighth grade class we have been learning about
how dangerous invasive species can be to the Great Lakes.
As a concerned student, it would be helpful if you stated
the solution to this problem in the Milford Times to convince
people to stop sending them over.
Invasive species are species that are shipped from different
countries to the Great Lakes. They are very bad for the
great lakes in many ways. They can eat other fish and
plants living in the Great Lakes, Our ecosystem can be
destroyed, and it also costs the state more than $50 million
a year. If the situation gets worse then most people will
leave the state, and it costs too much money a year. Please
state what is being done to help stop this problem in
the Milford Times. You could be helping a lot of people.
If we all learn about the dangers of Invasive specie,
then we could stop this problem. Michigan will be a better
place to live. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Please respond by Jan. 21, 2006.
In my eighth grade language class we are writing on the
topic of the Great Lakes. I chose the topic of water pollution.
Before I even start I want you to know that I am very
concerned about the water that is filling up our state's
species and the harm that it is doing to both animals
and people. I am also trying to help people understand
that we are all part of water pollution, and I think its
time that we do something about it. I am truly writing
to you to tell you that our "pride and joy of Michigan,"
the Great Lakes, are under some serious conditions right
Pollution, it seems like we hear that work many times
a week, but who really stops and thinks about who it is
affecting? The truth is nobody, and it is affecting everyone
around us, and us. Why are the Great Lakes so polluted?
You know when you toss your Coke can into the trash can
outside and you miss, do you go and pick it up? Or do
you just leave it there and say "whatever?"
Most people wouldn't care. That is a reason why our Great
Lakes are so polluted. The cans can travel by wind to
the water and float to sea. Some people even throw their
trash into the water. Nobody cares anymore. That is a
reason our lakes our becoming a garbage dump.
I am very worried about how the Great Lakes will be like
in the near future. I am 13 years old now and when my
generation turns 35, a statistic is that our environmental
issues will double. That is why I am trying to help people
understand what we are all doing to the Great Lakes. Thank
you for your time and please write back before Jan. 18.
In my eighth grade English class I have been learning
about natural resources affecting the Great Lakes. Oil
drilling in Michigan and Canada has been polluting the
Great Lakes. We should try to get Canada to understand
why we want them to stop oil drilling. We need to have
them stop or drill a lot less, because all of that natural
gas and oil is polluting the water and ruining the environment.
Directional drilling is one of the main ways of drilling.
It is where land-based rings dig under the Great Lakes
and then pump the oil back to the shore, it reduces damage
from potential accidents because the spill is most likely
to end up on land or flow to the water. It caused 51 gas
leaks in Erie between 1997-2001, and 83 oil spills between
1990-1995. Drilling is never safe or risk free. If we
keep drilling the Great Lakes will get too polluted and
there goes 20 percent of the world's fresh water. This
will affect me when I get older. If all the Great Lakes
get polluted, people will think that you could get sick
from the water; they might leave and go to a state that
doesn't have the problem. Because anywhere you go in Michigan
you are always six miles away from a lake.
If we just get Canada and everyone in Michigan to stop
drilling under the Great Lakes, then most of the polluting
will stop, and more people will stay and not get sick.
People might lose their jobs but there will be less drilling
and less polluting. If we get Canada to stop drilling
under the Great Lakes, we can take better care of our
water and animals. Thank you for your time and consideration.
In my eighth grade language arts class, we are doing
a project about the problems with the Great Lakes. The
invasive species are a big problem in the Great Lakes.
They are destroying the underwater habitat. But not only
that, but they are causing problems around the Great Lakes
The invasive species living above the water are wrecking
our food supplies. They are not only causing trouble to
many farmers, but also they are eating our agricultural
crops. Invasive species can travel to new places in or
on our food, which offers opportunities of bioterrorism.
Not only can they travel through our food, but also in
imported plants, livestock, pets and sometimes in human
travelers or their luggage. Also they can come in crates
by an accident. When ships dump water very far away, it
will be dumped into the other water with everything in
it. We need to monitor very closely what is coming into
our lakes so it can be stopped as soon as possible.
We can prevent this by filtering water to remove the
organisms, heating or using ultraviolet light on the water
to kill the species, or using a type of centrifuge to
separate everything to try to control it, and I would
like to know what has been done trying to prevent it.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
I am a student at Highland Middle School and was assigned
to write a research paper on the Great Lakes. I am concerned
about the amount of water we are using from our Great
Lakes. With you help and advice, I will be able to provide
more information in my paper how this problem of water
use is affecting our state and what we are doing about
As of right now from research, I'm aware that with Michigan's
Great Lakes, not only states, but also bottled water companies
use our water for their profit and households us water
for plumbing in their homes. I would like to know what
will happen if we continue to sell our water for money.
I also want to know what is being done by the state of
Michigan to contain the amount of water we keep and what
we sell. If the state continues to give away our water
we will be in great danger in a couple of years when we
run out of freshwater which makes us so unique.
If you could be kind enough to answer my questions by
Jan. 18 or 19 I would deeply appreciate it. Thank you
for taking time to read my letter and listen to my concerns.
My eighth grade class and I are doing a project on the
Great Lakes, and I am very concerned about the Great Lakes.
My topic that I chose to talk about is Water Use and how
many businesses and factories are using the water, putting
it into the lakes again when it is dirty. I am extremely
concerned about people overusing and polluting the water
which could cause a very serious water shortage in the
I am concerned because if we continue this, the fish
and all of the other things that live in the lakes, they
will die from the chemicals. Some factories use the water
but filter it. That is one step closer to a better lake.
Some companies such as Nestle and AbsoPure take the water
and sell it. That is not a very good idea because big
factories put all of the nasty water back into the lakes,
and then we take a sip of it every day. Yes they filter
it but it's never 100 percent filtered.
My main point is that we need to stop using so much water
for industries and save it. What will happen if the Great
Lakes end up going away because all of the good water
was gone and it is all just slime and nasty bacteria.
Well, I don't think that we will be known as the Great
Lakes State much longer. We need to watch what we put
back into the lakes. Big cities like Chicago, Detroit
and Toronto suck up the water, use as much of it as they
can then put it back into the lakes.
My concern for the lakes is high because of all of the
life that is in them, the Dirty Lakes and the beautiful
views from them. If we continue all of this polluting
and water use for money, there won't be anything nice
about the Great Lakes, just chemicals, bacteria and brown
water. Thank you for your time about this very important
Jessica H. Bullion
In my eight grade we have been learning about water pollution
in the Great Lakes. The lakes contain 18 percent of the
world's fresh water supply. The State of Michigan should
cut down water pollution by 10 percent.
Pollution pressures are intensifying from development,
and every year thousands of tons of industrial waste runs
down sewer pipes. 35 million swimmers each year get sick
from the lakes because of all of the things in them such
as the garbage coming from the sewer pipes. If we don't
begin to clean up the Great Lakes, Michigan will not have
as many tourists visit. Nobody wants to visit or live
by a lake that is dirty and smelly. Also, many people
would move out of Michigan if we let the lakes get to
dirty. Solutions to water pollution in the Great Lakes
would be to clean it up. We could have a large annual
clean up and have smaller ones throughout the year. Also,
we could put up signs to inform people about water pollution
in the Great Lakes. Another solution would be to ask everyone
that lives around the Great Lakes to donate one dollar.
With that money we could fix the sewage pipes so they
don't leak into the lakes.
In conclusion, we need to clean up the Great Lakes because
it's only going to get worse. If we continue to pollute
them, by the year 2020 freshwater will be the most sought
after resource. If we take action now we can stop these
things from happening. I would like to thank you for your
time and consideration.
In my eighth grade Language Arts class we have been doing
research on various topics concerning the Great Lakes.
The topic that I chose to research is invasive species.
Invasive species are a big problem in the Great Lakes.
They take the homes of the native species and sometimes
even eat them.
Invading species get to our waters in different ways.
One way is through ballast water. Ballast water is water
that is pumped into ships at different ports. The ships
are considered to have "Ballast on Board" or
BOB. Once BOB ships arrive in another port, the water
in the ships is discharged. When the ballast water is
added to the ships it doesn't just contain water, it also
contains organisms that are found at that port. The organisms
that survive the trip are released when the ballast water
is discharged at the final port destination. That is how
some of our invasive species get her. All of this information
can be found at www.great-lakes.net/teach/pollution/ans/ans4.htm.
There is something called the Invasive Species Watch
Program in Ontario that monitors and tracks the spread
of invasive species. We can contact them and see how and
what exactly they do so we can do something like it. We
can contact them and see how and what exactly they do
so we can do something like it. We need to take care of
this problem before it gets out of hand. Thank you for
your time and consideration.
I am 13 years old and in the eighth grade at Highland
Middle School. I am writing you this letter because in
my Language Arts class we are doing a research project
about the dangers in the Great Lakes and what should be
changed to prevent the pollution that is currently destroying
the largest fresh water source in the United States.
I am doing my research on air pollution and the effects
polluted air has on the Great Lakes. Pollution is really
hurting our earth. People litter all the time, people
drive cars, which puts emissions into the air. People
throw oil and other toxic wastes into the Great Lakes,
which kills our fish. What is currently being done to
change the quality of the air to prevent pollution in
Great Lakes? If you could take a moment and answer my
question, I would appreciate your time.
If more people understood that they could lose the clean
waters of the Great Lakes, maybe people would be more
willing to change their ways and help prevent pollution.
Thank you for your time.
I am a eighth grader at Highland Middle School who is
studying the problem of invasive species in our Great
Lakes. There are more than 140 invasive species in our
Great Lakes at this time. I was wondering if you could
help me with my research paper by providing me with some
information to make my paper stronger and more educational.
Even though I don't have a lot of information, I do have
some. I know that invasive species population are increasing
rapidly. There are many of invasive species such as zebra
mussels and round goby. Invasive species are a big problem
in the Great Lakes region. They steal native fish's food
and habitats and take over lakes. I would like to know
how we are dealing with this problem and if our community
is trying to help make people aware of this problem. I
would also like to know what the state has been doing
to prevent these non-native animals from entering the
Great Lakes and other lakes around the state. Invasive
species have had a huge impact on our lakes and we need
to stop any future species from entering the lakes before
its too late.
If you could respond to my letter with the information
I am asking for, I would very much appreciate it. If you
could send me this by Jan. 20 it would be wonderful. Thank
you very much for reading my letter and listening to my
thoughts on this subject
In my eighth grade science class we learned about invasive
species in the Great Lakes. Invasive species can clog
pipes, release toxins and steal spawning areas. There
are 180 invasive species in Michigan. The state of Michigan
should have higher security for boats dumping ballast
One type of invasive species called the goby is blamed
for the decline of sculpin, log perch and darters. They
also eat bass and sturgeon eggs. The state found a way
to trap them, but there are too many.
If we don't do something people will leave Michigan and
that's including me. Zebra mussels create toxins that
the fish eat, so good bye fishing. There was also a fishing
tournament where 400 anglers caught 5,000 gobies and one
perch in five hours. Alewives wash up on shores and make
For a solution to keep more invasive species out of the
Great Lakes we could raise security on ships carrying
ballast water and to get rid of ones we already have we
could use killer bacteria's that only effect certain fish.
We could use chemicals that also don't harm other fish.
We could also contain the ones we are able to.
Therefore I think we should try to at least raise security
on ballast ships. The invasive species could make more
people stay out of Michigan not including the fishermen
that already do. Please help stop them and if you're able
to please send me information on invasive species by Jan.
18, 2006. Thank you for your time.
Your expertise is needed to help me with a research project
I am completing in my eighth grade class at Highland Middle
School. The paper is on the Great Lakes and the topic
I have chosen is on invasive species that are affecting
There are 180 invasive species in the Great Lakes including
zebra mussels, gobies, and ruffe. These invasive species
have been brought into our lakes from water sheds and
from the bottoms of shipping vessels. Now they are being
transported into other waters by careless or uninformed
boaters. People need to be educated on these invasive
species and given regulations to prevent the species from
multiplying or put into other clean lakes I would like
the Milford Times to run an article for people to learn
more about this issue we have in our Great Lakes. If this
keeps up, our Great Lakes will be overpopulated with these
unwanted species and filled by the waste they produce.
Thank you for your time and consideration in reading
my letter. If the Milford Times has any information on
my topic that might help me in my research, I would greatly
appreciate it sent to me by Jan. 18, 2006. Thank you again,
and I hope to hear from you.