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New report shows community and economic benefits of Great Lakes cleanupAugust 13, 2019

A new report from the International Association for Great Lakes Research titled Great Lakes Revival, goes in-depth on the cleanup efforts, and tangible and often intangible benefits felt by Great Lakes after cleanup.

Strides have been made in cleaning up the Great Lakes in recent decades. Though, legacies of industrial and agricultural revolutions still exist. The report tells the stories of cleanup efforts in 10 Great Lakes municipalities.

“These are stories of communities that faced confounding choices in fixing a legacy of abuse and neglect affecting their local waters. They describe the options communities explored for dealing with toxins buried in the sediments of lake and riverbeds, and where they could find the resources to cover the expense of cleanup,” said Krantzberg

Through 10 real-world case studies, the report illustrates the successes that communities situated on the lakes have seen and makes a strong case for continued support by government and industry to continue investing in Great Lakes cleanup efforts. These case studies also remind us of our place in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem, and how the health and well-being of people in the broader region is connected to the biodiversity of the its waters.

You can download the report online from the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

“The municipalities we feature in the report came to appreciate the importance of engaging and empowering community members in the cleanup. The process of cleaning, reclaiming, and reconnecting local communities to the waters also catalyzed local business development and community rebirth to the tune of hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars of economic benefits and countless new jobs in the area. Finally, the stories show how others can rebuild the emotional connection—the “love of the lakes”—that is such a defining attribute for those lucky enough to live in their vicinity,” said Krantzberg.