Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Messages around town

We have a couple displays up around town.  Since March we have been having a monthly poster at the movie theater at the Mariner Mall.  Have you noticed them?  The topics have been on pet waste, then rain barrels, and this month has been on several ways you can make a difference reducing stormwater runoff and preventing pollution.  Next month's topic will be on the pharmaceutical dropbox program.  Please do not flush old medicines down the toilet.  Bring them to the Superior Police Station.  The medicines will be incinerated rather than coming to the wastewater treatment plant which can not remove most of the chemicals. 

Another place we have material out in Superior is at the Government Center.  The display was switched last week to rain gardens/rain barrels/compost.  There are complimentary buttons on the table relating to rain barrels and garden topics.  Pamphlets are also there.  As a reminder our Environmental Matters webinar series has included a presentation on using plants to reduce stormwater runoff, one on rain barrels, and one on compost.  Today's presentation at noon is on Terrific Trees.  Registration to be in a webinar (it's free and easy to do) and access to listen to archived programs are at www.ci.superiopr.wi.us/webinar

We had a gorgeous holiday weekend.  The sun was out most of the time.  We'll be watching the forecast this week as we want it to stay dry so we can go with 5th graders from Northern Lights Elementary to stenciling next to storm drains near their school.  We will be with 100 students and seek to mark 100 drains with the message that the storm drains drain directly to a stream.  The goal is only rain down the drain.  No motor oil, no pet waste, no grass clippings.   We will also be seeking helpers from the community to mark additional drains this summer.  Send us an email if you are interested.  We'll supply everything.  

We also plan to be at the Farmers Markets in Superior.  There is a Wednesday lunch market next to the Superior Public Library and the Saturday market on Barkers Island.  You may sign up to help with storm drain stenciling in upcoming weeks at these events.

Finally, do you love the Northern Lights?  We have a beautiful Northern Lights post card announcing Lake Superior Day July 21 (3rd Sunday in July).  We have some to share here at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Stop in at the office or call us.  We will be putting together Lake Superior Day celebration activities to be held during that week.  There will also be an exhibit at the Superior Public Library on Lake Superior.  When we reduce stormwater runoff we help keep Lake Superior clean.  Feel free to come up with your own way of celebrating Lake Superior and ways to keep the lake clean. 

Posted by Wendy

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