Last updated: October 14, 2016
What's left is not always so bad.
It is sometimes discouraging to watch the continued deterioration of the world we live in, but there are still glimmers of hope for the future.The 2016 Great Lakes Restoration Conference held at Cedar Point September 20-22 this year brought much to light.Be encouraged with some of the "freshwater superheroes" who are taking the lead in the battle to save the Great Lakes:
·Freshwater Future (www.freshwaterfuture.org) has a mission to ensure the healthy future of our Great Lakes.
·Fields to the Great Lakes (www.riverraisin.org/FarmersAdvisoryCommittee) is making connections to protect and restore drinking water at the source.
·The Stewardship Network (www.stewardshipnetwork.org) has a mission to connect, equip, and mobilize people and organizations to care for land and water resources in their communities.
·Healthy Water Solutions (www.healthywatersolutions.org/news) has a motto for Chicago of Stop the Carp, Improve the River, Protect the Lake.
·The Sustainability Network (www.sustainabilitynetwrk.ca) is a charitable organization that builds a stronger community by providing programs, services, and support to environmental leaders and nonprofit businesses.
·Alliance for the Great Lakes (www.greatlakes.org) works with thousands of volunteers, advocates and supporters to protect the lakes.
·Lake Erie Improvement Association (www.lakeerieimprovement.org)promote Lake Erie while fixing the algae problem and is helping to have a sustainable lake.
·Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (www.GLSIcities.org) combined efforts of city mayors and leaders to advance the restoration and protection of the Great lakes.
·Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Region (www.ducks.org) has one mission of habitat restoration.
·Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory (www.stonelab.osu.edu) is the oldest freshwater biological field station.It serves as a base for more than 65 researchers from 12 agencies and academic institutions working to solve Lake Erie's pressing environmental problems.
·International Joint Commission (www.ijc.org) combines Canada's and the United States' efforts towards establishing ecosystem priorities for severely threatened Lake Erie.
·Lake Erie Foundation (www.lakeeriefoundation.org) promotes Lake Erie advocacy, legal work, education and out-reach programs.
·National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org) has the mission to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.
The freshwater superhero organizations listed above are a wealth of information and an amazing group of individuals spearheading efforts to save our Great Lakes.However, this list is by no means inclusive.Your name could even be added.Get involved, educate yourself, and make an effort to be part of the solution by joining the efforts of any one of these groups or perhaps a local group closer to home.