The Great Lakes Commission issued its report on the latest water use in the Great Lakes. Over 44 billion gallons of water are drawn from the Great Lakes every day to use for irrigation, public water supply and other purposes. What does taking that much water mean to the total volume of the Great Lakes? Well, the 5 Great Lakes combined contain about 6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water or one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water.
Yes, we all know the Great Lakes are vast. But they are fragile. Only 1-2% of water is recharged back to the Lakes by rain and snowmelt. Which means that managing and sustaining our Great Lakes is vital to our outdoor heritage, our business who draw from them, and our families that depend upon them for our way of life.