Where did all of these “ladybugs” come from? How clean is my drinking water? What’s the safest way to fertilize my lawn?” These are just a few examples of questions you can have answered by checking out a newly-released nonprofit website, the Great Lakes Directory (GreatLakesDirectory.org). Over a thousand environmental organizations in the Great Lakes region have participated in putting this incredible online resource together.
The website boasts hundreds of diverse environmental articles related to the Great Lakes, as well as free environmental software and games, advocacy tools for concerned citizens and organizations, events calendars, grant funding info, and a user friendly search engine that allows visitors to find local and regional environmental organizations that are focused on issues.
GreatLakesDirectory.org is a project of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund (GLAHNF). Jill Ryan, GLAHNF’s Director, says the idea behind the website is “to assist grassroots groups and citizens in protecting lakes, rivers, and wetlands throughout the Great Lakes Basin.” The Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund empowers citizens to take action at the community level to protect and restore wetlands, shorelines, rivers, lakes, and other aquatic habitats throughout the Great Lakes Basin. “This website will assist citizens by providing timely information and resources relating to aquatic habitat protection”, said Ryan.
The Great Lakes Directory has been developed and tested over the past year through a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and was officially launched on May 15, 2002.