Lake Michigan is one of our national treasures. Millions of people enjoy the lake from Wisconsin’s Door County, to the urban Chicago lakefront, to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan. Lake Michigan is also a critically important source of drinking water for large portions of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. And while it’s not pretty, the heavy industry on the lake in northwest Indiana is a major part of the Midwest economy. When Indiana officials approved the expansion of a BP refinery on Lake Michigan last year, Chicago leaders complained loudly. The Chicago Park Superintendent told the press that Indiana “can keep their pollution on their side of the lake.” This is typical of the finger-pointing and blaming that surrounds Lake Michigan pollution issues. In response to these controversies, the Northwest Indiana Times has produced an excellent special report on Lake Michigan pollution, Under the Surface. The report is thorough and balanced, and using data from the EPA Toxics Release Inventory, it shows that each of the surrounding states share the blame for pollution. More importantly, it shows that each of the surrounding states share the desire to protect and preserve Lake Michigan.