Water quality and quantity are tied to land use, either directly or indirectly, and our land use choices and actions affect downstream conditions in both predictable and unpredictable ways. In light of the importance of the Great Lakes basins to both human industry and natural ecosystems, in 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency launched the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for the purpose of coordinating and supporting efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystems. In support of that effort the USDA Forest Service has been studying the connections between forest and water in the Great Lakes region. View this online map to learn more about watersheds and the connections between water and land in the Great Lakes Region.
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