Freshwater Future Weekly: January 7, 2022

THIS WEEK: Happy New Year and New Opportunities Coming + Do You Know a Freshwater Hero? Nominate Them Today! + Wondering Where the Ice Is?
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Happy New Year and New Opportunities Coming!

First and foremost, Freshwater Future wants to wish you a Happy New Year and send you positive thoughts for 2022. It can seem overwhelming to meet the challenges of today’s world, but together, we can continue to meet those challenges.  Because we are stronger together, we want to encourage collective work and solutions in the coming year, and we will be rolling out some new opportunities for you to connect with peers and experts to keep your work moving forward and keep you connected. Stay tuned as we will have descriptions and ways to register next week! You Know a Freshwater Hero? Nominate Them Today!

Every year, Freshwater Future recognizes champions across the Great Lakes region who work tirelessly to protect the waters in their Great Lakes community. Do you know of an individual or organization that is deserving to be recognized as a Freshwater Hero? If  so, send in your nomination by including, 1) name of the individual or organization; 2) community they work in; and 3) what makes them a water champion. Please submit nominations by January 21, 2022 to You can check out our past award recipients here.


Wondering Where the Ice Is? Check out Great Lakes Ice Coverage Maps

Ice cover is almost nonexistent on the Great Lakes so far this winter, and this can have impacts on flooding, evaporation from the lakes, and more.  To track where the ice is, check out this resource from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory where you can see current ice coverage maps and even compare with historical maps.  As climate change is altering the weather patterns in the region, impacts such as changes in normal ice cover can result.