Lake Superior Wilderness Conference

Wilderneds-Conference-POSTERSeptember 5 & 6, 2014
at the Inn on Lake Superior
Duluth, Minnesota

With the passage of the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, a new course for conservation was chartered.  Fifty years later, we think this is still worth celebrating.

Join National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Dave and Amy Freeman, canoeists Gary and Joanie McGuffin, Jaime Pinkham of the Nez Pierce Tribe, Jim Pfitzer potraying Aldo Leopold, and many others to inspire and challenge us.

Sponsered by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in partnership with over 15 conservation organizations.

More information available here.

Registration available here.

Taking on ‘The Nine’

zero dischargeHow Toxic Discharges to Lake Superior were Slashed and What it Might Mean for the Other Great Lakes

July 2014

By International Joint Commission Intern Louie Bruni, University of Windsor and IJC intern Nicole Frantz, University of Waterloo

A novel pilot program has documented successful reductions to toxic chemical discharges and emissions– including huge cuts in mercury and dioxins – from sources surrounding Lake Superior. The results provide a template for similar toxic reduction programs in other Great Lakes.

The success was born out of a 1990 challenge from the IJC to the governments of the U.S. and Canada to virtually eliminate emissions and discharges of some persistent toxic substances into Lake Superior. The governments responded in 1991 by creating the Lake Superior Binational Program involving  federal, provincial, and state governments that surround the basin.

Within the program’s broad ecosystem approach is a more narrowly-focused initiative known as the Zero Discharge Demonstration Program. Its goal is the total elimination of nine pollutants from the Lake Superior basin.

Read the entire article here.

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Celebrate Lake Superior Day

LSD-Logo11th Annual Lake Superior Day – July 20, 2014

Lake Superior Day is a time set aside to celebrate our connection to Lake Superior.  To show appreciation for the lake, people, communities, businesses, tribes, First Nations, churches and other groups celebrate Lake Superior Day each year on the third Sunday in July.

Each Lake Superior Day, all residents who live, work, play, and worship around the lake can organize events in their communities or take action in their homes, at their places of employment or in community groups to help protect the treasure that is Lake Superior.

The Lake Superior Binational Forum promotes this basin-wide event to highlight the special connections people have to this unique world treasure.

Are you celebrating Lake Superior Day? Find out what’s happening in your area – See Calendar.

Send us information about your events and we will post it on our website!  binationalforum@northland.edu

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