The month of July is Lakes Appreciation Month!
You work on them
Play on them
Drink from them
But have you recently taken the time to really appreciate your local lake, pond, or reservoir?
With increasing population, development, and stress on our waterbodies Lakes Appreciation Month is a reminder that we should think about where we would be without water. All life relies on this valuable resource and we often take for granted that water will always be there and will always be usable.
How to Make the Most out of Lakes Appreciation Month
Lakes Appreciation Month offers an excellent opportunity to take the
time to enjoy your local freshwater resources and bring some attention to them - to either celebrate their values or launch an action to protect, enhance, or
Following are some ideas for bringing attention to
lakes, ponds and reservoirs near you.
- Assist with volunteer monitoring activities on your waterbody or in your watershed
- Participate in the annual Secchi Disk Dip-In. More information can be found online at http://www.secchidipin.org.
- Take a day off and visit a local lake or pond
- Go boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing or rowing
- Go swimming or SCUBA diving
- Go fishing
- If you are not a lake manager, contact your local lake management agency and see if you could shadow a limnologist for a day
- If you are a lake manager, coordinate activities in your office
or on a local waterbody for others to participate (bring sampling
equipment, id keys and other interactive materials)
- Organize a lake clean-up event
- Organize a watershed clean-up event
- Organize a watershed storm drain stenciling program
- Have your septic system pumped if you live close to a waterbody
- Go to a local or state park beach on the shores of a lake, pond or reservoir
- Go birding or picture taking around a lake or pond
- If you are an artist, draw or paint a lake scene and put it up
in your home or office to remind yourself of the great time you had at
the lake while you were creating this work of art
- Organize a field trip for students
- Organize a family day at a local lake or pond
Most of all, remember to enjoy and appreciate these valuable freshwater resources!