Redefining the Classroom

Learn more about our river at 12th annual Environmental Summit

Posted: March 13th, 2013

TABLETOP ECOLOGY -- Lake Superior State University students Zach Bishop, left, and John Ransom demonstrate water table mechanics to group of Sault school kids, while in the background LSSU geology professor Matthew Spencer helps students pan for gold during last year's St. Mary's River Environmental Summit. Area schoolchildren will be in LSSU's Cisler Center for this year's summit on March 16, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Binational Public Advisory Council (BPAC) for the St. Mary's River Area of Concern sponsors the event, which includes panel discussions on the history, culture, recreational opportunities, and ecology of the river and updates on efforts to restore environmental quality. For more information about BPAC, visit or e-mail (LSSU/Sean O'Mara)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- Lake Superior State University invites the community to celebrate our St. Mary's River during the 12th annual Environmental Summit on March 16 at the LSSU Walker Cisler Center.

This year's event, with a theme of "Connecting Science to the Community," is open from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and features a room dedicated to children, including hands-on activities and arts and crafts. People are welcome to drop in any time.

The event is sponsored by the Binational Public Advisory Council for the St. Mary's River Area of Concern and LSSU. Local groups will have displays and informational pamphlets of how they work toward conserving and sustaining the area and improving environmental quality of the river.

"Residents of both Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario are highly encouraged to attend and see how local groups and the science community are working toward conserving and protecting the St. Mary's River and to learn effective ways to deliver conservation messages," said LSSU Biology Prof. Greg Zimmerman, who noted that a panel discussion with conservation scientists will take place from 1-3 p.m.

BPAC 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 Remedial Action Plan for restoring the river ecosystem.

For more information about BPAC, the Environmental Summit, or to include your group with a display at the summit, please contact Haley Tasiemski, BPAC student project assistant, at You may also find more information here. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Haley Tasiemski, LSSU BPAC Resource Office, 635-2136,; Prof. Gregory Zimmerman, 635-2470,