We are facing much uncertainty and increasing pressures on our lakes, both within the region and beyond. We face problems such as invasive species, erosion, high lakefront property taxes, gentrification of communities, water degradation. Each lake and the communities that rely on them face unique problems. The Midwest’s lakes are an integral part of our everchanging ecosystem.
How we understand and respond to these changes is uncertain. In the past, we have tended to take action only after lake-related problems have developed. We need to be more proactive in our fight to keep our lakes pristine. We will need to think broadly and integrate multiple factors in our planning.
The Midwest Lakes Policy Center strives to reinvent a new decision-making process which ensures fair, informed and open public participation; from Waterfront Landowners, Sailors, Local Businesses and Farmers. We all need to be involved.