We like to say that everyone lives on waterfront property. This is because everything people do on their land – no matter if it’s located on a river or lake or not – ends up in one of the Great Lakes. To illustrate this, we worked with The Nature Conservancy to create a new map of the Great Lakes.
The map color codes every drainage basin (watershed) in our region and demonstrates that, no matter where you are located, you are in a watershed. A watershed can be as small as a few acres draining into a farm pond or as large as several thousand square miles for a major lake, such as one of our Great Lakes. For example, on this map, all the different watersheds for Lake Huron are colored a shade of green. All the water – clean and polluted – which flows into all those green watersheds eventually flows into Lake Huron.
We hope this map also communicates why it’s so important for all of us – individuals, businesses, institutions, and governments – to be stewards of the Great Lakes. Everything we do on our land matters. To learn how you can become a better steward, contact your local watershed organization in the United States or conservation authority in Canada.