Today, East Bay is the source of Traverse City's water supply.
The Great Lakes have been through a lot in the last 150 years: sewage, over-fishing, pollution, the lamprey and other invasive species.
In 1970, Gov. Milliken, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, signed the strong Michigan Environmental Protection Act into law. A major concern in Great Lakes water issues today is the potential for large-scale withdrawals for export to dry regions here and around the world.
But that is another story.
Next week: "Water Wars" and the public trust doctrine.