State of the Great Lakes – 2011 Highlights
Posted on: September 12, 2013
State of the Great Lakes Highlights - 2011
State of the Great Lakes Highlights – 2011 Report
The Great Lakes are a global environmental and economic wonder. Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario contain 84% of North America’s fresh surface water, the source of drinking water for more than 24 million people. Millions of jobs are dependent on Great Lakes basin fisheries, forests, farmland, industry and recreation. Ongoing and emerging problems such as invasive species, chemical contaminants, and climate change impact the Great Lakes ecosystem. An understanding of ecosystem conditions and whether conditions are getting better or worse is necessary to address these problems. Using status and trend assessments, this report summarizes the health of the Great Lakes to answer the question, “How are the Great Lakes doing?”
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