Those of us lucky enough to spend time around the Great Lakes develop a personal connection to them. Their beauty, immensity, a particularly beautiful beach or rock cove, a fun experience on or in the water --- these memories are what connect us to the lakes.
These emotional and cultural connections are called watermarks, which like birthmarks become part of who we are. The Watermark Project of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper collects, archives and shares stories about the ways people use and value bodies of water that have been important in their lives. The International Joint Commission (IJC) is proud to partner with the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to collect and publish a special Great Lakes Watermark collection.
The IJC is collecting Great Lakes stories in video and written formats. By way of introduction, we invite you to listen to the Watermark stories of IJC Co-Chairs Lana Pollack and Gordon Walker. We also encourage you to follow our Great Lakes Connection newsletter for opportunities to contribute to the project.
Everyone has a Great Lakes story … what’s yours?