In light of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) being given the shutdown notice by the Federal Government of Canada, here is a photo of mine hilighting the importance of things we take for granted every day. Tap water. The ELA has been a means of important and leading scientific research into the ways water systems react to contaminants and other stressors. I have used and processed data gathered in the ELA, and there is essential knowledge of natural water systems that would not exist were it not for this unique system of study. Since water systems are all eventually inter-connected globally, wonderful things like tap water are impacted by natural water systems. For instance, wetlands can filter out contaminants from water which many water filtration systms do not. Think of all the potential knowledge we will be missing out on for the savings of $79.3 million. This is just another reason for the brain drain to continue.