The great lakes hold the largest fresh water supply in the world. If kept pollution free, living on or near them would mean everything.
I am from West Texas, where many attempts to keep water flowing have run dry. Back in the 80's it was predicted that lack of water would be the death of the area. Wells were drilled north of one town (in another county) and a pipeline built when the lake supplying water started to dry up. That well/pipeline provided water until the aquifer level dropped below the pumps. Lake Ivie (and another pipeline) was built to supply the needs well into the future. Well the future is now, because that lake is also dry. Now a wealthy oilman has the water rights in another county and is building yet another pipeline. Meanwhile, the area is under strict water rationing; no watering lawns and useage below a specific level. All of the "ideas and plans" have fallen short in providing any longterm water supply. The Ogalala aquifer, where most of the public and private wells tap into, is a finite source. It does not recharge. The outlook is as bleak as predicted in the 80's.
If God doesn't water the grass, perhaps men shouldn't live there.