In an age of infinite information and 140-character tweets, there’s pressure to tell the story of the world’s most complex freshwater system in cartoons.

Like this.

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Well, it’s not exactly a cartoon, and it is backed up by large lakes of information.  Presented by the Canadian and U.S. Governments at the Great Lakes Public Forum in Toronto last week, the technical information supporting the graphic was similarly mixed.  But the bottom line is one Great Lake good, three fair, one poor.

Why is this?  And what can we do about it?

An important question, to be discussed soon.