The year is 2010.
Michigan's governor is still buried under the economic rubble
the recession and the perpetual demise of the Big Three. Michigan
yet to gain any real economic footing since President Bush passed a
nearly extinguished torch to President Obama.
The governor, along with all other leading politicians in the
Great Lakes region, have diverted all of their resources, both monetary
and human, to handling this continuing economic crisis. Other
issues, like maintaining Michigan's resources, have been put on the
Seeing an opportunity, with Michigan and other Rust Belt
states in an economically weakened condition, drought-ridden southern
southwestern states have begun to build a case for Congress, in which
they will assist
the Great Lakes Basin states in
their economies by paying to redirect (i.e. pump out and pipe) some of
our surface and other fresh water resources to their own states.
These states wish to involve
government to override the Great Lakes states rights to decide the fate
of their resources and to help in the building of a water pipeline to
Finally, feeling pressure from both state economists and
environmentalists to investigate this opportunity
water depleted states are offering, the governor wants to figure
out the best course for Michigan and its residents, but does not have
the resources available to investigate. The governor has decided
to outsource this investigation.
You and your team members have been hired* by the State of Michigan to
find out as much information as possible about the environmental and
economic cost and benefit to the State of Michigan and the Great
Lakes Region, if their water sources were to be diverted. You
will gather this information and prepare it into a presentation
of your choosing. The governor is expecting results.
She/he will want as much knowledgeable support as possible to base
*since you are high school students and since the state has no money,
you will be paid in goodwill and the promise that your hard work will
help your college application.
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