What do the Great Lakes mean to you?

By Cameron Davis

A couple of weeks ago I took my 5 year-old son to one of my favorite beaches on the Great Lakes. Though outside it was pushing a muggy 95 degrees, the water temperature wasn’t even 60. But, the frigidity didn’t keep him from jumping into the waves. He played. He laughed. He splashed.

That’s the effect the Great Lakes has on us. Those of us who work, live and play here know just how lucky we are to have our HOMES (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior). They represent nearly 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh surface water at a time when clean, fresh water is at a premium. They support some 1.5 million jobs and they give us family memories that never, ever leave us.

This is one of many posts I’ll be sharing with you about the Great Lakes. Some will be fun. Some will be serious. But that’s the point: it’s time to take our restoration of the Great Lakes seriously so that our children and our communities can enjoy their waters.

Do you have a favorite memory about the Great Lakes or have you done something to help keep them clean? Feel free to share it with me in the comment section. If you want to find out more about our Great Lakes restoration efforts,  follow me on Twitter (CameronDavisEPA).

About the author: Cameron Davis is Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. He provides counsel on Great Lakes matters, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.