by Jill Ryan
Our cover story in this issue provides an example of the many ways in which we are all part of something bigger than ourselves and bigger than our community resource issues. While the local battles to protect and restore rivers, wetlands and lakes are vitally important to our local communities, they are also extremely important to protecting our Great Lakes ecosystem as a whole.
The local voices protecting local resources help to show decision-makers the importance of protecting our water resources to residents of and visitors to our region. In addition, because we are all connected through our water resources, we can lend our voices to issues that affect larger regions such as the Great Lakes Basin and still feel we are ultimately benefiting our own local resources in the process.
I hope you will take the opportunity to weigh in on issues such as how we in the Great Lakes Basin will regulate the withdrawal of water or any of the other issues that are so important both to our local rivers, lakes and wetlands as well as to our Great Lakes ecosystem that defines the area in which we live. Your voice matters!
“The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.”