…the Great Lakes are called “The Third Coast” and “Inland Seas.”
This coastline stretches over 10,000 miles. The state of Michigan, alone, has over 3,000 miles of shoreline.
… Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake completely within US borders. We share the other four Great Lakes with Canada.
Forming laws or guidelines governing the lakes is a complex undertaking involving eight states and Canada. The GREAT LAKES WATER COMPACT is a complex agreement between all parties (and ratified by Congress) governing how water may be used from the Great Lakes.
…the Great Lakes contain 20% of the world’s fresh surface water, and 95% of the US’s.
It is important that we preserve and protect this important resource.