Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Did you mow your lawn this past weekend?

Did you mow your lawn over the nice sunny weekend? Are there lots of grass debris scattered on the sidewalk, driveway, or other areas around your home?

Hopefully you have cleaned the grass clippings up and put them in your compost pile. Excess grass clippings, especially on paved surfaces, can get washed down storm drains during rain storms and cause water quality problems.



May 31, 2014
Wessman Arena – Caitlin and 28th St.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Soil Testing & Compost Basics Classes May 31 - Free


May 31, 2014

Wessman Arena – Caitlin and 28th St.

Noon – Soil Sampling and Testing

                Learn how to take a soil sample to submit for analysis.  A discounted price for the lab sampling will be available to those attending this demo.   You will also learn how to read a soil sample test and how to improve your garden or yard’s soil.  Directions and demo on collecting a sample will be done in this session.  Guest: Jane Anklam, horticulturalist with the UW Extension.
You will have a week to then submit a sample to UW Extension in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St., Room 107. 

The lab test fee is $12 ($8 plus $4 Shipping & Handling) which is a reduced price going to a lab in Marshfield, WI.  The soil test will let the landowner know :

*N-P-K needed for the plants being planted
*If there is excessive or  low amounts of  P and K in the soil
* What the % of organic matter is in the soil
* If there is a call for lime to be added

1 P.M.  Compost class

This free one-hour long class will include the basics about compost, what you can compost, and trouble-shooting about composting.  Participants earning a Master Composter class will be present and get you ready for making great soil by composting.

From 9 am -2 p.m. a rain barrel and composter pre-order pickup will be going on.  A limited quantity of extras will be for sale. 

There will also be a display setup on Vermi-composting.  Using worms to breakdown food waste.

These learning opportunities are brought to you by the City of Superior Environmental Services.  For information about these events or other learning opportunities go to www.ci.superior.wi.us/news.  Pre-registration for the classes is not required. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

DNR Free Fun Weekend June 7-8

June 7-8 is "Free Fun for Everyone" to enjoy Wisconsin's great outdoors. This means . . .
Free entry to state parks and forests
Free fishing
Free DNR trails
Free ATV/UTV riding on public trails (where open to such uses)

This is a great opportunity to try new things and visit new places for free! Click here to go the the DNR website for more info.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Enjoy our local waterways

We want clean water.  We can all help keep it clean from our activities on land and on water.  Get outdoors this summer season and enjoy our local waterways.  UWS is organizing community paddle events.   Also, plans are being made to Celebrate Lake Superior Day on July 20 at Barker's Island.  Stay tuned for more information.

Community Paddle evenings on select Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m.

Tentative Locations: Locations will vary based on weather and water conditions
June 25 -Allouez Bay
July 9 -Billings Park
July 16 -Billings Park *Youth Paddle
July 23 -WI Point
Aug. 6 -Nemadji River
Aug. 13 -Allouez Bay *Youth Paddle

Kayak rentals available on a first come first served basis for $5.

If you have any questions or would like to receive weekly emails about specific times and locations, contact us at This link will open your email client for sending an email.This link will open your email client for sending an email.Adventures@uwsuper.edu or (715)395-4647.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mercury reminder

Now that WI's fishing season is a week in, this is a friendly reminder about mercury. Mercury is a toxic metal settles in the environment and turns into organic methyl mercury in our waters. Methyl mercury bioaccumulates up the aquatic food chain. You should be proud of the large walleye you caught during the opener, but reminder that walleye will have a lot more mercury in it than the little trouts you keep catching (General consumption guideline is ONE per MONTH of game fish, unlimited inland trout consumption).

Mercury is in a lot of products such as electrical components and florescent light bulbs. It is really important that when you properly dispose of  mercury-containing products so the toxin will not leach into our environment and get into our fish (can you imagine not being able to catch walleye at all because of elevated mercury risks?). We accept mercury items here at ESD free of charge.

Happy fishing!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rain, rain, how much water in rain?

Spring, summer, and fall rains are going to happen.  How much water falls during a rain?

A number of websites are available to show how much water falls during different storm events.  Some go further and tell you how many rain barrels you would fill.

Rain barrel calculator

A one-inch rain will collect 600 gallons from a 1,000 square foot roof.  Larger homes would collect even more.   The rain water will runoff a room, down a downspout and could all go down a driveway to the street and then storm sewer. 
Where else could it go?

A rain barrel
A rain garden  - direct the flow to a native plant area
A gravel bed designed to have a greater water carrying capacity

Slow the water runoff down, use it for your plants.
Is water collected from your roof safe?

The best advice is to use it for ornamental plants and lawns.  Never drink it.

Plant love water.  Give them a drink.  Harvest water and recycle it right on your property.

Reminder about the Rain Barrel sales.  More info at www.ci.superior.wi.us/news