Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A few more openings for the Tour De Water Bus Tour - It's Free

We love to educate people about how to keep our local waterways clean.  Reducing what is called non-point source pollution is very important as materials from roads and sidewalks can easily enter storm drains.  How can we slow down stormwater?
Learn about practices being down in Superior at UWS, a private business, and the City of Superior to slow down stormwater and clean stormwater.    Make your reservations for the Tour De Water Bus Tour by Aug 12.  Call 715/394-0392.  The 2.5 hour tour is free. 

Common resource

What do all these towns have in common?

  • Ashland
  • Baraga
  • Beaver Bay
  • Cloquet (as a backup water supply)
  • Duluth
  • Grand Portage
  • Grand Marais
  • L'Anse
  • Marquette
  • Rossport
  • Silver Bay
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Superior
  • Terrace Bay
  • Thunder Bay
  • Two Harbors

All the towns listed withdraw water from Lake Superior as their drinking water supply.

Issues related to bacteria contamination, temporary and persistent pollutants, and too much nutrients entering the system may impact the people's health in these communities.

As a reminder water treatment is completely separate from wastewater treatment.  Not flushing chemicals, medicines, household hazardous waste down the toilet or down a drain greatly reduces the likelihood of the chemicals entering Lake Superior - which is our drinking water source. 

Go to www.ci.superior.wi.us/disposalguide for information on where Superior residents should disposal of unwanted items, such as medicines, used motor oil, and other materials.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Build a parklet - helpers wanted this week

Help Build the Parklet
Want to help create a temporary urban people space, taking over a parking spot with seating and greenery in Superior?  Here is your chance!  We are looking for volunteers to help with the construction of Duluth's first semi-permanent parklet.
We are looking for volunteers for the following dates/times THIS week:
Today/Tuesday: 5:30pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 6pm - 9pm 
Thursday: 5:30pm - 9pm
Saturday: Noon - 6pm
Construction Site:
Marty Hope's garage
2608 N 23rd St Superior, WI
Park on the street and come around to the alley side.
Safety First!  Wear close-toed shoes, bring bug spray, work gloves, eye protection and tape measure if you've got them.  
Please let me know what days/time you can join in the fun, just so we have a sense of commitment.  Just send me a short email at lisa@healthyduluth.org or call/text 612.390.0696
You'll also be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor the rest of the summer on Superior Street!  Thanks to the awesome staff at DSGW for pulling together and volunteering their expertise to help us get this accomplished for our community!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Boys & Girls

Thanks to the Boys & Girls Club for stenciling storm drains last Thursday.  We started at Kelly Park and the 9 youth painted the message -Do not dump, drains to stream - and learned about storm drains and protecting Lake Superior.  Together we cleaned and then labeled over 20 drains near the park.  Most of the youth were only 6 or 7 years old and were troopers for carrying the orange cone, bucket with paint and brush, and did a fine job helping to educate others.  Thank you!  

Friday, July 11, 2014

July 15 and 17 - Storm Drain Stenciling and Wastewater Tour Opp

It's summertime and we have a couple learning opportunities coming up.  It's like school but outdoors and only will be about an hour long.  These would be fine for grandparents and grandkids to participate in.

Tuesday, July 15 at 9 a.m. Meet on the east side of Kelly Park (Grand Ave.) and we will stencil storm drains with the message “Dump no waste, drains to stream.”   Wear old clothes.  Adults and youth above 12 are welcome.  Let us know if you are coming by calling 715-394-0392.  This may be cancelled due to inclement weather.   The project will last about 1 hour.   Cleaning the storm drains and marking them will help keep Lake Superior clean.  
On Thursday, July 17 at 9 a.m. the public is invited to a tour the Superior Wastewater Treatment Plant at 51 E. First St.  We are located one block north (toward the bay) from Superior Animal Hospital.  The tour is outdoors and lasts about 45 minutes.  You will learn how wastewater is treated before it is released into Lake Superior.  You will follow the route that water takes as it has materials removed from it.  You will also learn more about what not to flush to help the system run smoothly.
During the week before Lake Superior Day you’ll also see Lake Superior shape popping up at more places including the windows at Erbert and Gerberts, and Serenity Spa on Tower, and Big Apple Bagels on Belknap.  The painting will be a reminder to think about what you love about Lake Superior.

For more information on Environmental Services news and activities, go to www.ci.superior.wi.us/news or check the ESD Facebook page. 

Lake Superior Day is July 20.  Enjoy music, activities, education booths, rain garden tour, Stand Up Paddleboard demo and more at Barkers Island from 11:30-4 p.m.   A poetry workshop A Sense of Place will be held from 11-noon.  It’s free but advance registration is requested.  The leaders is the WI Poet Laureate Max Garland.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xDFlV7y53_lfM362mvSaUSmtNUSF_8dO1kP53nBfnGw/viewform 

We also have a Water bingo game if you'd like to give it a try.  Words are setup to all be related to water quality, water cycle, and water use.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Special celebration in July

We'll be celebrating the Fourth of July this week and on the 3rd Sunday of the month is a special celebration dedicated to Lake Superior.
Celebrate Lake Superior Day.  July 20.  Barker's Island.

Check our city website for a breakdown of the day's activities.
2014 Lake Superior Day schedule

A special poetry workshop will be held at 11 a.m. with WI Poet Laureate Max Garland.
Poetry of Place.