Sunday, August 19, 2012

KBIC volunteers clean Keweenaw Bay beaches to celebrate Lake Superior Day

BARAGA COUNTY -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), whose Reservation lands border Keweenaw Bay of Lake Superior, organized a beach cleanup on July 13, 2012, in celebration of Lake Superior Day.

KBIC Summer Youth Crew members collect trash along the Keweenaw Bay shoreline at the Ojibwa Campground for Lake Superior Day. (Photo © and courtesy Erin Johnston)

About 50 people including KBIC Natural Resources Department staff, tribal youth crews, and area community members cleaned approximately five miles of Lake Superior beaches from just north of Assinins/Sand Point all the way around the Bay to Pequaming.

The day started with an opening ceremony performed by KBIC members Charlotte Loonsfoot and Jessica Koski. The cleanup was followed by a luncheon provided by the KBIC WHIP Taskforce at the Sand Point Light House day use area. After lunch participants enjoyed time canoeing on the Lake.

"It was hot out, but it was a rewarding effort," said Erin Johnston, KBIC Lake Superior Program Coordinator. "We estimate we collected and disposed of about 30 bags of trash off the beaches. It was nice to take a day to reflect on how lucky we are to live where we do and share that with others."

Lake Superior Day, which was created in the early 1990s by the Lake Superior Binational Forum, is officially the third Sunday in July. 

The Binational Forum, a group of volunteers from the United States and Canada working together to protect Lake Superior, states that Lake Superior Day is a "special day held around the lake to highlight the importance of the world’s largest freshwater lake to the basin’s environment and economy."

KBIC will continue to hold annual events in honor of Lake Superior Day, but we encourage the community to treat every day as Lake Superior Day and take actions to restore and protect our beautiful Lake.

Remember to take your trash with you as the beaches are a shared resource for everyone to enjoy. For further information please contact our Natural Resources Department at (906) 524-5757 ext. 24.

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