You work and play on them. You drink from them. But do you really appreciate them? Growing population, development, and invasive species stress your local lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. All life needs water, let’s not take it for granted!
Help make Lakes Appreciation Month great this year!
- Get your governor to proclaim July as Lakes Appreciation Month.
- Pursue media coverage for your local Lakes Appreciation events.
- Join the Secchi Dip-In and help track water quality trends in your local lake or reservoir.
- Share your stories, events, photos, videos, etc. on social media! This inspires your friends and families to do the same … and might even spread the news to someone unfamiliar with Lakes Appreciation Month. Be sure to use the hashtag #LakesAppreciation and tag NALMS! (We love to see your stories and lake photos.) Have you followed us on Facebook and Twitter yet?
- NEW THIS YEAR: Order your own Color-Ons’s! Simply color the image, iron it onto a shirt, and wear to events and to your favorite lake to educate your friends and family about Lakes Appreciation Month. Please visit the manufacturer’s website to place your order.
And how about these 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, host an activity. 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