This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America.
Working with the Department of Natural Resources in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Mandy Erickson's job involves trying to balance lakefront recreation and habit needs for plants and animals. She talks about how aquatic life depends on a habit preservation. She admits that sometimes residents unknowingly upset the fragile ecosystem by disrupting plants and vegetation along the shoreline that stabilizes sediment.