The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. We share the stewardship of this precious resource with Canada and our joint responsibility is more vital today than ever before. That’s because water is becoming increasingly scarce around the globe. In the
The Great Lakes region has always been defined by water. The “sweetwater seas,” as the lakes were known, sustained indigenous people, and served as a thoroughfare for hunters, fur traders and early voyagers.