Posted by: Kirsten | Friday, 11 July 2008

Feeling Superior? Celebrate on July 20th!

Lake Superior Day is a special day held annually on the third Sunday in July that encourages people to take action that helps protect or restore one of the world’s biggest freshwater lakes.  There’s a long list of things to do on the days leading up to Sunday, July 20th — be sure to check ’em out.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

For more information on Lake Superior Day and ways you can celebrate it, go to the Lake Superior Binational Forum website.  Be sure to visit http://www.superiorforum.info for more information!

Lake Superior’s National Park Service units:


Top Ten Ways You Can Protect the Lake Every Day

1.  Install water saving devices on your kitchen and bathroom faucets and showerheads. Purchase these at local hardware and building supply stores–most cost between one dollar and nine dollars.

2. Replace regular light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. Burning an energy bulb requires less energy, which means power plants burn less coal and that produces less mercury in the air.

3. Never burn garbage, especially plastics or tires, in burn barrels on your property. These produce more toxins in the air than an industrial incinerator. Not only do you breathe these toxic fumes as the garbage burns, but the pollutants enter the lake when it rains.

4. Instead of burning garbage, recycle or compost what you can and throw away the rest.

5. Take your lawn and household hazardous materials to area Cleansweeps collection days in Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, and Iron counties this summer. Call the Northwest Regional Planning Commission at 715-635-2197 for dates and locations of collections in your county.

6. Put your lawn on a chemical-free diet. Poisonous lawn herbicides and pesticides seep into waterways that end up in the lake and soil, which can hurt your family and neighbors. Lawn chemicals can also sicken or kill birds and pets. Bring these kinds of chemicals to a Cleansweep event where they are disposed of safely.

7. Never pour any liquids into a storm drain. Storm drains empty untreated liquids into a nearby river, stream, or Lake Superior.

8. When you’re boating or fishing, inspect your boat and trailer and remove any plants and animals before leaving the water body. Drain water from the motor, live well, bilge, and transom before leaving the water body. Never release live bait fish in the water or live earthworms on the land or water.

9. When planning landscaping or gardening activities, use plants that are native to the region. Consult with garden centers or the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute for a list of the best native plants for this area. Learn what non-native species look like and additional prevention tips by contacting your local state or federal natural resource management agency and ask for information and identification material for non-native species.

 And the number one thing you can do to protect the lake is…

10. Love it! When you care about something as grand as Lake Superior, you’ll feel good about making sure it stays a Great Lake.

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