who we are

The Great Lakes Trust began as a simple idea: open-water swimmers finding ways to give back to the waters we love. The idea grew to include all manner of fellow adventures: paddlers, runners, triathletes, sailors, surfers … then we thought about how to bring together artists and academics, scientists, community leaders, and concerned citizens. Now we are a collective of experts and advocates who help others to think in the long term, solving problems so much bigger than any one community or generation, protecting one fifth of the planet’s fresh water.