by Jill Ryan
In this issue we hear a great deal about some potentially good things that are happening for the Great Lakes as a whole. You may be asking, but how does that impact me? For most GLAHNF groups, the work is locally based and focused on protecting particular water resources in a community. So, asking this question is appropriate to ensure each of us utilizes our resources in the most effective way for our organization.
I hope however that you will consider how these “regional” efforts could eventually impact your work and your community. For example, if we consider the current effort to secure funding to “restore” the Great Lakes by implementing a restoration plan developed by over 1,500 diverse participants, we might think “this is just for the Great Lakes, it won’t impact my local work.” However, as we all know, regional efforts such as restoration are ALL implemented one local ecosystem at a time, in one community at a time.
As a result, we will try to keep you up-to-date by providing information on broad regional efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes along with information about how those efforts may impact local communities and how you can get involved to shape those efforts. These efforts provide us with an important opportunity to have our “Great Lakes regional” voice heard by decision-makers at all levels.
“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.”
– Alex Noble