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Celebrate the St. Marys River at Lake State

Wednesday, March 23, 2011   by: StaffNEWS RELEASE


LSSU invites community to celebrate the St. Marys River at the 10th annual Environmental Summit

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI - Lake Superior State University invites the twin-Sault community to celebrate the St. Marys River at the 10th annual Environmental Summit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, in the LSSU Cisler Center.

The Binational Public Advisory Council (BPAC) for the St. Marys River Area of Concern, along with LSSU, is sponsoring the annual summit.

BPAC is the stakeholders’ voice for the St. Marys River Area of Concern.

BPAC 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.

The summit will include a panel discussion outlining the history, culture, recreational opportunities and ecology of the river and an update on efforts to restore environmental quality.

Local groups will have displays and informational pamphlets of how they work toward conserving the history and culture, promote recreational use, and work toward improving environmental quality of the river and how people can get involved in those efforts.

"Too many of us take the river for granted," said Paige Filice, a student assistant for LSSU’s BPAC resource office. "This year’s
environmental summit is a great way for community members to celebrate this amazing resource and to learn more about it."

New to the summit this year are interactive activities to encourage stewardship with younger generations.

About 50 area schoolchildren will get an early look at the conference and those activities during a program on Friday.

People are welcome to drop by at any time throughout the event on Saturday.

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