Not long ago, I embarked on a quest to find out why, if so many of us in this region love the Great Lakes, these precious waters aren’t in better shape.

I put a list of questions together and started to email and talk to people.  I posted them here.  And the answers trickled in.img_2929

One stands out — and I will explore it.  Indifference.  A number of respondents argue that sentiment for the Great Lakes in our part of the world is widespread but shallow.  The Lakes are an amenity, not a necessity.  They are not part of the daily lives of most of us. It follows that not enough people are motivated to take direct action or communicating with government to protect the Lakes.

It’s not what I expected to hear.