Rep. Mike Gallagher Calls for “Great Lakes Week”

Rep. Mike Gallagher announced his support for a bipartisan resolution that designates the week of Memorial Day as “Great Lakes Week.” The resolution is a bipartisan effort in the House to promote practices that protect the health and water quality of all five of the Great Lakes. It also highlights their importance to the environment, economy, and heritage of our region.

Congressman Gallagher said, “Establishing a ‘Great Lakes Week’ demonstrates that the health of these waters—the largest surface freshwater system on earth—should not be ignored, but rather celebrated.” He continued, “A healthy Green Bay and Lake Michigan is vital to our way of life in Northeast Wisconsin, and so we must continue taking steps, whether big or small, to make sure they remain one of our most treasured assets for generations to come.”

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The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.

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