Cleveland sits at the edge of Lake Erie, and with it The Great Lakes; home basin of nearly 21 percent of the planet's fresh water. The region boasts a population of about 85 million people, and the Great Lakes shipping channels carry 90 million tons of cargo each year.
The city of Cleveland also sits at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Once the territory of a multitude of freighters, and lined with factories, it's now a destination spot for kayakers, and it's dotted with breweries.
For Cleveland; Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River mean jobs, transportation, recreation, access to fresh water, and environmental diversity.
That potential also means a multitude of parties with competing interests, vying to use those resources, as they see fit.