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Great Lakes Protection Gets Boost From New Website
1,000+ Environmental Groups Listed

 May 29,2002

Michigan - What are "exotic species", and where do they come from?  How clean is my drinking water? What’s the safest way to fertilize my lawn? These are just a few examples of questions you can have answered by checking out a new non-profit website, the Great Lakes Directory .  This incredible resource was put together with the involvement of over a thousand environmental organizations in the Great Lakes region.

The website boasts hundreds of diverse environmental articles related to the Great Lakes, advocacy tools for concerned citizens and organizations, as well as free environmental software and games, events calendars, grant funding info, and a user-friendly search engine that allows visitors to find local and regional grassroots organizations that are focused on environmental issues.

According to Craig Minowa, one of the website’s designers, this online resource is already receiving unexpectedly high levels of visitors, considering the fact that it is only now being released. "Although we’re only officially releasing the website in May, word of mouth has our traffic levels up so high, we may need to change our web servers to be able to handle the heavy use," said Minowa. is already receiving one new hit every 20 seconds!

Although there are websites out there that cover just about anything and everything, the Great Lakes Directory seems to have found a relatively vacant niche. "One-fifth of the world’s surface freshwater is in our Great Lakes," said Minowa, "so it’s nice to see over a thousand environmental organizations standing together to create a resource that educates citizens and provides them with tools for getting involved". is a project of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund (GLAHNF). Jill Ryan, GLAHNF’s Director, says the idea behind the website is to assist grassroots groups and citizens in protecting lakes, rivers, and wetlands throughout the Great Lakes Basin.  The Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund empowers citizens to take action at the community level to protect aquatic habitats throughout the Great Lakes Basin.  This website will assist citizens by providing timely information and resources relating to aquatic habitat protection said Ryan.

The Great Lakes Directory has been developed and tested over the past year through a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and was officially launched on May 15, 2002. 

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