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ESD calls attention to clean water

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ESD calls attention to clean water
Superior Wisconsin 1410 Tower Ave. 54880

Wendy Grethen

Superior Environmental Services Division welcomed fifth graders in Superior to tour the Wastewater Treatment Plant to learn more about the process at work 24 hours a day.


Bus after bus arrived, and despite a few plugged noses, the youth seemed to enjoy the end of the year field trip. We will be scheduling public tours this summer.

Meanwhile, if a group is interested in setting up a tour we’d be happy to give one. Perhaps, a church group, camp, book club, sports club, or even a group of neighbors would like to learn more about processing wastewater. Give us a call at 715-394-0392.

Saturday, ESD hosts a couple events we would love to have the public attend. One is Toilet Day. Stop at the Superior Public Library between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to visit four stations to learn more about wastewater treatment — and what not to flush. We’re giving out fun prizes.

Everyone who attends also receives a set of dye tablets to test your toilet for leaks. We will be passing these tablets out at more upcoming events as well. Leaky toilets can lead to substantial extra use of water in your home.

Also happening Saturday is the Opening Reception for the Superior Storm Sewer Art project. The reception will be at the North End Arts Gallery in the Red Mug Building at Broadway and Hammond. Come to the second floor to see large images of the six storm drains painted by local artists. Map brochures with write-ups on the artists will be available at the gallery or the Bong history center, Fairlawn Mansion, Wastewater Treatment Plant and Superior Public Library.

We are looking for people throughout Superior to adopt a storm drain on your street. Adopting involves keeping the drains free of sticks, leaves, trash and other materials. Storm water moves things and brings items to a drain. We want to keep the drains clear and to reduce what goes down storm drains. We only want rain down storm drains.

Speaking of reducing what goes down storm drains, can you think of ways that might reduce the flow from your property? Native plants and trees work great for holding water. A rain barrel is easy to install and collects water from your roof. Maybe you could make your own rain barrel as a project.

Yard plants will like the natural rainwater for watering. There are many simple things we all can do to help keep Lake Superior blue and clear.

To contact Environmental Services call 715-394-0392. We also have a blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Have a cool and safe summer enjoying the outdoors right here in Superior.

Wendy Grethen is a research assistant with Superior Environmental Services Division.