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.
Did you know that people used to be able to travel through Minnesota waterways via a complex lock system? Bruce Conmy of the Detroit Lakes area of Minnesota talks about the Pelican River watershed, then and now. "We love water. It's the history of our area . . . Our lake is one of the cleanest, purest lakes in the area." This story was collected by Shanai Matteson in conjunction with the "Be Here: Main Street" project from the MuseWeb Foundation, intended to capture Americans' stories about their neighborhoods, their waterways, and their towns.