July 20, 2011
It takes seven generations for a drop of water to move from the inlet to the outlet of Lake Superior. This means that what we put in Lake Superior now impacts the water and the food web for the next 170-190 years. With this cycle in mind, we are working to clean up legacy pollution and to prevent future harm to the Great Lakes basin.
The goal of this progam is for 7 scientists, 15 teachers, and 13 crew to educate each other in order to bring Great Lakes knowledge into the classroom and beyond. This is essential to the future of the conservation of our nation’s natural resources. We hope to encourage each other and our students to aspire to learn more, to question generously, and to set goals to know more about how to protect the largest source of freshwater in the world. By engaging ourselves and our students in solving and preventing tomorrow’s environmental problems, we hope to inspire them to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Although we have not yet left the Duluth Superior Harbor, our first day was a whirlwind of activity from getting settled, to exploring the Great Lakes Aquarium, and enjoying talks and conversation with scientists and natural resource professionals from EPA, DNR, COSEE, Sea Grant, and NERR who are working on restoration projects and long-term monitoring of the lake.