You can turn on different Layers of data on the homepage map. These Layers give us more insight so we can relate to and govern the Great Lakes as a shared commons.

Learn more about these layers and how they connect to your Commons Map stories.

Nuclear Hotpots around the lakes. We got our data from the Sierra Club Michagan Chapter where you can see more links and details on the hotpots. 

Indigenous reserves/reservations in the Great Lakes was researched and mapped by Atif Mirza (Ryerson University) so we can see how Indigenous nations (Anishinaabek, Huadenosaunee) are spread and divided across the watershed.

Tar Sands Line 9 pipeline layer was made by Robert Pylypiw with data from Equiterre. Line 5 pipleline was made by Jun Ip (Ryerson University) using data from the National Wildlife Federation. If you have data or time to help build pipleline routes in the Great Lakes, please get in touch.

Permits to take bottled water in Ontario was also made by Robert Pylypiw since normalizing commerical water cuts us off from our watershed and guardianship responsibilities. We want to complete this layer with data from other Great Lakes states and provinces. Please get in touch to help. 

Supports of our Great Lakes Commons Charter are also on this map so we can see the level and distribution of our community. 

More maps and examples offering important perspectives into the Great Lakes are found in our Gallery

commons is