Director’s Notes: Cooperation and Creativity

Director’s Notes: Cooperation and Creativity

Jill Ryan

This issue highlights the wonderful things that can be a c c o m p l i s h e d when individuals, groups, governments, agencies and businesses work together to find innovative solutions to protecting and restoring our rivers, lakes and wetlands. I have worked on the Great Lakes Compact and the predecessors to this agreement since I came to work here over eight years ago. It is very motivating to see that when we come together we can accomplish such great steps for our waters and our communities.

Other stories in this issue also tell stories about the creative and cooperative solutions being crafted around the Great Lakes. From citizens learning about alternatives to applying sewage sludge to land to groups finding alternative methods for disposing of toxic leachate, these are innovative ideas that will help us work with new groups, find new solutions and provide a brighter future for coming generations.

Thank you all for using your creativity and willingness to work together to make our Great Lakes communities even better places to live.

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.

– George Lois

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