Lake Erie, New York - Nate Drag
During the summer growing up, Nate worked as a lifeguard where he enjoyed some quiet time by the water. The beaches weren't very busy because there was a lot of perception that the lake was dirty. There, Nate had the opportunity to learn more about Lake Erie, appreciate it, observe it, and experience it.
Nate also had access to a rowboat and got pretty good at skipping stones. Nate also recalled watching a gull die and not understanding why until years later when he went to college and learned about Type B botulism and bird die-offs when studying environmental science.
Today, Nate works on helping the Great Lakes and improving the situation of invasive issues.