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Why is the Great Lakes River important?
The Great Lakes are important sources of drinking water, irrigation, transportation, and recreation opportunities such as fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife watching. The Great Lakes are a critical component of the regional economy on both sides of the border.
Why do we need to protect the Great Lakes?
The history of sulfide mining is rife with contamination, Harmful acid mine drainage is an inescapable byproduct of sulfide mining and results in miles of decimated streams and rivers. The Great Lakes region must carefully protect its most precious resource, fresh water. We hope you will join and support our efforts.
What can I do to protect the Great Lakes?
5 Things You Can Do To Protect The Great Lakes
- Watch What You Wash. One load of laundry can release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibers into the water system, polluting our waterways and disrupting the food chain.
- Go Fertilizer-Free.
- Ditch the Aquatic Hitchhikers.
- Dispose of Meds Properly.
- Get Political.
What are the biggest threats to the Great Lakes?
In spite of their majesty, the Great Lakes are fragile and face serious threats from invasive species, toxins, water diversion, wetland destruction, sewage overflows, and climate change.
Why are the Great Lakes important to the United States?
The Great Lakes are important because they contain 20 percent of the world’s fresh water and exhibit tremendous biodiversity. They are also a vital water source and play an important role in transportation and the U.S. and Canadian economies. The Great Lakes are a chain of five North American lakes containing…
Is the Great Lakes an important biological community?
It has and continues to represent an important biological component of the Great Lakes fish community.
What was the Great Lakes used for in the 1840s?
Thousands of ships lie at the bottom of the Great Lakes. Beginning in the 1840s, the Great Lakes became busy highways for moving wheat, corn, lumber, coal, and iron ore.
Why did so many ships sink in the Great Lakes?
Between 1878 and 1897, the Lakes claimed almost 6,000 ships. During frigid Great Lakes winters, strong winds whipped up spray that coated ships in ice. The ice could overload a ship and often contributed to sinkings in violent weather. On November 9, 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald pushed across the waters of Lake Superior with a cargo of iron ore.