What We Do

We are a collective of scientists and academics, artists and athletes, adventurers and community advocates, working to restore and protect this vital heritage we all share in our Great Lakes.

We are involved in a range of activities related to responsible water stewardship:  water quality and watershed integrity in the Canadian Great Lakes basin: citizen science, community engagement, water science and policy analysis, indigenous knowledge and partnerships, and arts and adventure.

We sustain a donor-advised fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation. Each year we award small seed grants for creative projects in the spirit of our charitable purposes. We maintain close advisory relationships with established charitable organizations, universities, and research institutions.

Why The Lakes?

Aren’t these ‘working lakes’? Aren’t they supposed to be dirty?

It’s hard to overstate the economic and cultural importance of the the Great Lakes to Canada, especially to the millions of Canadians and Americans who depend on their waters. This is our drinking water.

The Great Lakes basin accumulates a significant portion of the planet’s fresh water, and the entire vast ecosystem is a critical bellwether for troubling changes worldwide.

Great Lakes Drainage Basin