Surely there are not 600 substantial threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem. Yet the federal government, through a $300 million pot of funding each year, provides money for more than 600 projects related to the Great Lakes.
There are significant threats of immediate concern, of course. One of them is the invasive species known as Asian carp, which could decimate populations of other marine life in the lakes, if allowed to multiply.
More than one-fifth of the surface freshwater on the planet is contained in the Great Lakes. Obviously, keeping them healthy is important to all Americans.
To accomplish that, federal officials should take a more focused approach to funding Great Lakes projects, to make limited resources count.