November 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Mother Nature thrives on balance. As we head into the cooler weather of fall, we know winter, spring and summer are sure to follow. And within each season, we expect our ecosystem to fully support humans, wildlife and habitats. But when our ancestors moved toward industrialization and urbanization and embraced a fondness for chemical-based products designed to make our lives cleaner, easier and more convenient, Mother Nature just couldn’t keep up. The resulting byproducts, land uses and pollutants tipped the scale too far and threw many of her natural systems, including many of our state’s water resources, into imbalance.