Lakes Appreciation Month

The month of July is Lakes Appreciation Month!

You work on them. Play on them. Drink from them.

But do you take time to really appreciate your local lake, pond, or reservoir?

Lakes Appreciation Month is a time to think about where you would be without water. It is also a time to think about the threats facing your lakes and reservoirs. Growing population, development, and invasive plants and animals put stress on these waterbodies. All life relies water. And as you know, we can no longer afford to take for granted that these water resources will always be there and always be usable.

You can help NALMS make the most out of Lakes Appreciation Month
Lakes Appreciation Month is also a good time to set aside a week, a day or even just an hour to celebrate your favorite waterbody. Here are some more ideas:
  • You can help monitor your local waterbody or watershed
  • You can visit a local lake, pond, or reservoir with friends and family
  • You can go boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing or rowing
  • You can go swimming 
  • You can go SCUBA diving
  • You can cast your line in and go fishing
  • If you manage a lake you can host an activity in your office or on a local waterbody. Bring enough sampling gear, id keys and other materials for everyone to join in.
  • If you don’t manage a lake, you ask your local lake agency about shadowing a lake manager for a day
  • You can arrange a lake or watershed clean-up event
  • You can start a watershed storm drain stenciling program
  • You can have your septic system pumped if you live close to a waterbody
  • You can go birding or take pictures at a lake or pond
  • You can tap into your artistic side and draw or paint a lake scene for your home or office. Be sure to send us a copy!
  • You can organize a lake field trip for students