In the Great Lakes region, we depend on forests for wood and lakes for drinking water and recreation. In the cities along the Great Lakes, we expect clean water from our tap and effective sewage and storm water control. But, what are we doing to make sure these resources will continue to supply our future needs?
The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Detroit Public Television to explore this question with a panel of experts working in the Great Lakes basin. They discussed how the natural resources of the Great Lakes basin sustain our way of life and how businesses and municipalities are investing in nature – not only to preserve these lifestyle benefits, but also to improve their business' bottom line and competitive marketplace advantage.
The Nature Conservancy works across eight states and two Canadian provinces to ensure our Great Lakes are great providers. Explore these stories to learn how.
We've seen warmer temperatures and more intense storms. Learn how investing in nature can reduce our risks
Through working with farmers in the Paw Paw River watershed, we're using nature to help clean runoff from the fields that produce our crops
Nature provides many of the raw materials for our everyday products. Learn how we're investing in sustainable forestry in Michigan
Water touches our lives in so many ways, from a cool drink to our favorite beach. Learn how we're protecting water in Wisconsin
Protecting native species can prevent invasive species from becoming a problem. Learn how natives compete with Eurasian milfoil
The Great Lakes sustain a $40 billion fishing industry, drinking water for 40 million people and nearly 11,000 miles of scenic coastlines. Watch to see all of the ways the Great Lakes sustain us