State of the Lakes
The Great Lakes are one of the most spectacular natural features of the North American continent and of our planet. A great deal of attention is paid to water quality, residential and industrial impact, and the state of the region’s fish and fisheries.
Decades ago, the Great Lakes became polluted in certain areas. With public outcry and legislation, there has been dramatic improvement. The northernmost waters, where Great Lakes Whitefish live, escaped the heavy contamination found near major metropolitan areas farther south.
Public awareness of the unique ecological wonder that is the Great Lakes continues to deepen. Their natural beauty and the wonders of the fish, birds and animals found along thousands of miles of coastline inspire and rally people from all walks of life.