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  •  95% of North America’s fresh surface water rests in the Great Lakes (Ministry of Natural Resources).
  • There are over 350 fish species in the Great Lakes (State of the Great Lakes, 2011 Highlights – EPA and Environment Canada).
  •  The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin contains 20% of the world’s freshwater supply (Ministry of Natural Resources).
  •  70% or, 3 out of 4 Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes (Ministry of Natural Resources).
  •  40 million people receive their drinking water from the Great Lakes (NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory).
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