Welcome to the official website for Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes, an hour-long documentary about the effects of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes and the efforts under way to control and prevent them.
The importance of invasive species education:
In the heart of North America lies the remarkably unique and incredibly fragile ecosystem of the Great Lakes. The world’s largest freshwater ecosystem, the Great Lakes Watershed is home to roughly 35 million people and 3,500 species of plants and animals, including one-fifth of all of the fish species in North America. The Lakes’ more than 10,000 miles of shoreline encircle 90 percent of the United States’ freshwater and 18 percent of the world’s freshwater. So many and so much depends on the health of the Great Lakes, yet few people seem to know about the epic battle raging below the surface. For nearly two centuries, non-native species of plants, fish, invertebrates and bacteria have invaded the Great Lakes at the alarming average of one every eight months, and with no end in sight. These invasive species are out-competing and over-running the Lakes’ native species so effectively that they’re literally transforming the ecosystem from top to bottom, threatening its ecological diversity and the livelihood of a region. With 181 invasive species already in the Great Lakes, and dangerous new threats like the Asian carp knocking at the door, there has never been a better time for public education on invasive species.
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