STORIES OF THE LAKES
The Great Lakes have a rich and important history. We all have our own personal connection with them. Whether its those adventures with our families, the escape from our day-to-day schedules, or simply to discover the beauty and serenity of the wildlife and ecology that our Great Lakes sustain we are all connected to the Lakes. And, thus, we share the responsibility to protect this ever so important watershed. Share your personal story of the Great Lakes with and get involved with the Watermark project.
Through understanding and fostering a connection to water through your community and personal relationship, you’ve developed a raison d’etre. You recognize the value of water to yourself and your community as a life-giving entity, and you recognize the need to act reciprocally. Whatever you’ve found through fostering your connection to water, you’re now looking for ways to protect it. The ways to protect water are as diverse as the ways we connect to it. To find a means to protecting water that works for you, consider your skills and what types of activities motivate you. To protect your water body, consider these actions…
Participate: Participate in stewardship activities in a way that matters to you. Explore ways to get involved in your local community through shoreline cleanups, community science, and water literacy and advocacy circles
Inspire others: Use the resources you’ve gained to get connected with your community. Call your community in by inviting them to learn about the water bodies that shape their lives, bring educational tools into your classroom.
Make a commitment: to make a difference in protecting our waters, it takes time. Commit your time and bring your skills to the work that inspires you. Maybe from your participation you’ve found a group you’d like to devote your time to supporting and you’re becoming a regular volunteer or group leader.