Director’s Notes: Taking Nothing for Granted

Director’s Notes: Taking Nothing for Granted

Jill Ryan, Executive Director

It has been heart-wrenching to witness the oil disaster in the Gulf. Now, the Great Lakes region is experiencing its own oil disaster with the oil spill in Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River. This oil spill hits a bit closer to home and is being described as one of the worst “environmental disasters” in Michigan.

As these accidents and incidents occur, I am reminded that we can take nothing for granted. The Great Lakes are one of the largest sources of fresh surface water on the planet. Our economy and health depends on these resources. We must start treating them like the International treasure that they are.

What is it going to take to care for our wetlands, lakes, rivers connected to our Great Lakes? Lots of work. Stronger regulations. More thorough enforcement. Citizen involvement. In essence – just more of what grassroots and community groups are already doing. I am so appreciative of the hard work and effort of the citizen groups Freshwater Future supports. You know what needs to be done in your community and you are taking the steps to accomplish it.

The “wake up calls” we have received this summer, reinforce the importance of the work we are all doing and reinvigorate my commitment to help more groups. Freshwater Future has a core set of services designed to help groups achieve success. Please take a look at the services we have to offer: our grants, coaching, and consulting – we would be honored to help your group and work in partnership to protect the waters of the Great Lakes.



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