Clean water is a basic right and necessity for all life to exist. Those who lives near Lake Michigan are fortunate to live near the world’s third largest freshwater resource. Every day, each human resident of the Lake Michigan basin uses its water for drinking, home use, industrial use recreation. The lake is also essential for birds, animals and plantlife.
To show appreciation for the lake, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP), the Lake Michigan Stakeholders (LMS), and nearly a dozen local and regional sponsors celebrate Lake Michigan Day every second Friday of every August. It’s a day for all fans of the lake to reflect on our connection to Lake Michigan’s water.
The public is invited to join this year’s Lake Michigan Day on Friday, August 10th at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc to help LNRP and LMS celebrate Lake Michigan and the dedicated people who protect and champion its waters every day. The event will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Lake Michigan Day is LNRP’s annual event for recognizing people, programs, community groups and businesses that go the extra step to protect and restore Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan basin and our quality of life. Each year fans of the lake meet to network, share water stories, hear one or two brief talks on issues important to stakeholders, and honor Champions of Conservation winners for outstanding achievement related to restoring, protecting or promoting the lake. This year’s will be our fifth annual Great Lakes Day.
This year’s Champions of Conservation include: UW-Manitowoc instructors Dr. Rebecca Abler and Dr. Rick Hein who formed the Lakeshore Water Institute on the Manitowoc campus; the Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network, MillerCoors, 1st Assembly District Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Door County) and Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels. All are being recognized for innovative projects and outstanding promotion of sustainable practices on or near Lake Michigan.
The keynote speakers are Blue Accounting’s Tawny Mata, who will discuss Blue Accounting’s innovative approach to measuring the effectiveness of restoration and sustainability efforts, and Dylan Waldhuetter of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, who will talk about the successful implementation of the International Water Stewardship Standards (IWSS) to measure water quality. Attendees will also hear from Steve Galarneau, the DNR’s director of the Office of Great Waters, who will talk about successful GRLI funded projects throughout Wisconsin.
For more information, go to lakemichiganstakeholders.org.