I grew up in Minnesota. The “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes” is actually an understatement; there are lakes in every corner of the state. Minnesota is also on Lake Superior, the largest great lake that actually holds more water than all other great lakes combined. It’s a wild, dangerous, cold, beautiful body of fresh water that feels and acts more like an ocean than a lake.
I’ve lived most of my adult life on the ocean or by lakes in New England. Abundant fresh water is a part of my life path. I grew up learning to care for our water but never did conservation mean so much as it does now.