Wanted: Aggressive Lake Michigan protection
Environmental activists and particularly Chicago’s surfing community welcomed news this week that the city of Chicago is initiating legal action against a Lake Michigan polluter based in Indiana. For years, surfers have traded stories of skin rashes and infections they blame on oil and chemical pollutants along the curved beaches of northwest Indiana. There, lake enthusiasts share a coastline with steel mills and oil refineries. Surfers know to follow certain protocols: Wear a wetsuit. Don’t swallow the water. Shower immediately afterward.