Across the Great Lakes region, residents overwhelmingly value the lakes and everything they provide – recreationally, economically and aesthetically. In binational polls taken by an IJC board, in person, and in letters and emails, citizens have expressed a deep caring for and desire to protect the…
Urbanized environments present a special challenge to restoring the health of the Great Lakes, due to impervious surfaces like roads and roofs, and issues with runoff and combined sewer overflows. Sprawl and waterfront development has led to the destruction of historic wetlands and other habitat.
A two-year project seeking to advance understanding and awareness of the world’s largest collection of freshwater coastal sand dunes is wrapping up.
The cleanup of Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC) has proven difficult and spanned more than three decades. Recent experience is showing that restoration work is helping reconnect people to their waterfronts in ways that enhance community well-being and return economic benefits.
By Kevin Bunch, IJC