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The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are the focus and inspiration for our first ever AHOD linked hand and boat event. The Great Lakes are the largest fresh water system on the Earth, 21% of the world’s fresh water source and 97% of the U.S. fresh water source. Consisting of 5 Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior, they create the acronym H.O.M.E.S. They literally are “home” to the 8 States and Canada that border the lakes. In every area, the Great Lakes are essential to the environment, economy, and everyone’s way of life.

Funding for the Great Lakes is at a precarious time when we need it most.  Devastating environmental issues require attention at national, state and local levels. Issues of concern include: Invasive species, algae blooms, radioactive waste proposals, sewage overflows in headway waters, pipelines, industrial and agricultural waste run off, and proposed funding cuts to the NOAA, and Coast Guard who maintain the safety of all who enjoy our Great waters.

Funding is necessary to help combat these issues through research and long term solutions. But equally important are enforcement and enactment of rules, laws, and regulations that are essential to giving the lakes a human voice to protect themselves.

See: http://www.healthylakes.org/about/great-lakes-restoration-initiative/

Should you want to stay get involved with protecting the water here are some organizations you may look into.  We also suggest you look for local and regional groups and organizations that create specialty causes for your unique water issues.

Sierra Club

Oil and Water Don’t Mix

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Waterkeeper Alliance

Heart of the Lakes

Blue Mind Collective

It’s Your Water Wisconsin

World Water Day

Global Interfaith Wash Alliance

FLOW : For Love of Water

Friends of the St Clair River

Lake Erie Foundation

HOW: Healing Our Waters Coalition

Alliance For the Great Lakes

 

Resources to read or watch about water:

Books:

“The Life and Death of the Great Lakes”  Dan Egan

“The Great Lakes Water Wars” Peter Annin

“On the Brink – The Great Lakes in the 21st Century” Dave Dempsey

“The Big Thirst” – Charles Fishman

“Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corporate Theft of Worlds Water” Maude Barlow

“Blue Future: Protecting Water for the People and the Planet Forever: Maude Barlow