The evidence keeps mounting - all of it pointing in the same direction: Nothing is more important to Northeast Ohio's economic future than its bountiful supply of fresh water.

More confirmation of that came in the form of a recent Brookings Institution report concluding that Cleveland would receive an economic boost between $2.1 billion and $3.7 billion if the federal government would do more to clean up the Great Lakes. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank pegged the overall economic benefit of a cleanup of the entire Great Lakes at a staggering $100 billion.

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