What are you doing on Lake Superior Day?
For more than two decades, the third Sunday in July has been a day to celebrate the largest freshwater lake in the world. This year, Lake Superior Day is on July 16 — and there will be many events around the big lake all weekend long.
Are you celebrating Lake Superior Day by fishing, boating or swimming in the lake? While you are out there, you might think about posting some photos on social media using the hashtag #LakeSuperiorDay2017. The third Sunday in July would also be a great time to post favorite Lake Superior photos that you took in the past.
If your business involves tourism, commercial fishing, shipping or some other activity tied to the lake — you have a lot to celebrate on Lake Superior Day. Your posts using #LakeSuperiorDay2017 will help raise awareness about the critical role Lake Superior plays in our economy. Cities and towns along the shoreline may wish to add their voices.
Social media posts on Lake Superior Day are also an effective way to raise concerns about threats to the lake, such as invasive species and warming water temperatures. And, it's an opportunity to highlight the progress that has been made cleaning up contaminated sites on Lake Superior — including the St. Louis River Estuary, which is the largest "Area of Concern" identified under the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
Whether you decide to help with a beach cleanup or go to a festival, please let the world know by using social media to post photos with the hashtag #LakeSuperiorDay2017.
Your #LakeSuperiorDay2017 posts will help connect people celebrating Lake Superior Day events around the lake and will expand this year's celebration to include many more. These connections are important. We all need to work together to protect the deep, clear waters of the largest freshwater lake in the world.
Susan Hedman served as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program manager and regional administrator from 2010 to 2016. She now works for Clean Wisconsin.
Lake Superior Day events
Odanah: Bad River Lake Superior Day Celebration
Location: Waverly Beach
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Port Wing: Business Alliance Lake Superior Day
Location: Port Wing Town Hall and Pavilion
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bayfield: Festival of Arts & Gallery Tour
Location: City of Bayfield's Memorial Park
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ashland: Maslowski Beach Clean Up
Location: Maslowski Beach, Ashland
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Washburn: Lake Superior Day Celebration
Location: Thompson's West End Park, Washburn
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Superior: Barker's Island Lake Superior Day
Location: 15 Marina Drive, Superior
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.