Beneath the surface: Great Lakes in peril

Author: WBEZ Radio

The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water.  We share the stewardship of this precious resource with Canada and our joint responsibility is more vital today than ever before.  That’s because water is becoming increasingly scarce around the globe.  In the next decade it’s estimated more than half of the world’s population could be facing water scarcity as major aquifers are depleted, wetlands drained and desertification advances.

Listen to 5 Great Lakes expert panalists including ND-ECI Managing Director Peter Annin, and Director David Lodge in a one-hour special panel discussion and call-in program examining the value of the watershed as a living ecosystem and as a growing economic driver for the region. Is it possible to preserve the watershed while exploiting its commercial value?  What are the greatest threats to its health and sustainability and do we, along with our partners to the North, have the resolve and the political will to protect this vulnerable ecosystem. This is  the first in series of Great Lakes programs.