"Eighty-five percent of respondents believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important, according to one of the largest surveys ever conducted on public perception of the world’s largest freshwater system. The International Joint Commission (IJC) sponsored the survey, which was completed by its Great Lakes Water Quality Board in late 2015. (Read the report.) Survey respondents live in the eight Great Lakes states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) and in the Canadian Province of Ontario.
"This survey of almost 4,000 basin residents is one of the largest ever conducted, and provides a valuable picture of how the public perceives the Great Lakes, including key environmental issues and threats, as well as opportunities," said David Ullrich, US co-chair of the IJC’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board.
Waterkeeper Mark Mattson, co-lead the Great Lakes Water Quality Board’s Public Engagement Work Group, which oversaw the poll’s design and production.
Mark joins the IJC and discusses the results from one of the largest-ever public opinion polls about the Great Lakes.
This event is open to the public. For those not able to attend, the event will be broadcast via Periscope. Check the IJC’s Twitter feed @IJCsharedwaters.