We in Michigan know that the Great Lakes are a magnificent resource and unique in all the world. These water bodies, formed during the last ten thousand years, are the largest source of surfac e freshwater on the planet. The lakes shaped how people settled and secured resources for their survival.
Native Americans, French explorers, early European settlers, immigrants flocking to new industrial cities all relied on the lakes for survival, just as millions do today. They provide us food and drinking water, transportation, power, recreation, and magnificent beauty.