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Learn more about the St. Marys River at 11th annual Environmental Summit

Posted: March 12th, 2012

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The St. Mary's River won't be dyed green like the Chicago River is on St. Patrick's Day, but you can still start your St. Patty's Day celebration with a river-related event.

Lake Superior State University and an international task force that monitors the St. Mary's River invite residents and visitors on both sides of the river to the 11th annual Environmental Summit on March 17 at LSSU's Walker Cisler Center.

Members of the community are welcome to drop in at any time between 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. during the event sponsored by the Binational Public Advisory Council for the St. Mary's River Area of Concern (BPAC) as well as LSSU. The summit includes discussions outlining the history, culture, ecology and recreational opportunities of the river, and an update on efforts to restore environmental quality. Local groups will have displays and informational pamphlets outlining how they work toward conserving the history and culture, promote recreational use, and work toward improving environmental quality of the river. Citizens will find out how they can improve the water quality of the St. Mary's by practicing watershed management skills.


ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION -- The St. Mary's River won't be turned green like the Chicago River in honor of St. Patrick's Day, but it will still be celebrated on that day. The Binational Public Advisory Council for the St. Mary's River Area of Concern wants to keep the river healthy and looking beautiful and it will let you know how you can help at the 11th annual Environmental Summit on March 17 on campus. (LSSU/John Shibley)

"We're urging everyone to come celebrate our river," said Mike McCarthy, student assistant for LSSU’s BPAC Resource Office. "Not everyone has such an amazing resource available to them, and those of us who are lucky enough to live in the St. Mary's River watershed should celebrate that resource by making sure we keep it as clean and healthy as possible. This year's environmental summit is a great way to learn how to keep our river clean and healthy for generations to come."

For more information about the summit, contact McCarthy at 906-635-2136 or stmarysriver@lssu.edu

The Binational Public Advisory Council is the stakeholders' voice for the St. Mary's River Area of Concern. Members representing Michigan and Ontario advocate for and advise the resource management agencies about meeting the objectives of the international Remedial Action Plan for restoring the river ecosystem. For more information about BPAC, click here -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, tpink@lssu.edu; John Shibley, 635-2314, jshibley@lssu.edu; Mike McCarthy, 635-2136, mmccarthy@lssu.edu; Prof. Greg Zimmerman, 635-2470, gzimmerman@lssu.edu


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