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August 2005


Caring For Our Own National Treasure

by Lisa Campbell

What is 118 miles wide, 307 miles in length and can be seen from the moon? Lake Michigan. That mystery shrouded lady we live beside in the North. In May 2004 our Great Lakes were recognized as a National Treasure.  

Lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie and Lake Ontario form the largest freshwater system on earth. For all its size though it is a fairly fragile eco system. We can lend a hand in preserving the Great Lakes in several ways. One of the most important things we can do is to educate the next generation of how delicate the lakes are and how to care for them.

Another way we can care for our Great Lakes is by committing little acts of conservation everyday:

  • Conserve water

  • Conserve energy

  • Use organic gardening techniques for garden and lawn

  • Dispose of used oil, paint, antifreeze and other household chemicals properly

  • Clean up spilled oil, grease, brake fluid and antifreeze. Do not hose them into the street where they can reach the lake.

  • Control ground erosion by planting ground cover

  • Have your septic system inspected & pumped every 3-5 years

  • Use household cleaners that are low in phosphorus to reduce harmful nutrient discharge into the lake

  • Consume less

  • Recycle more

Last, but not to be missed, is to remember to teach the children about our own National Treasure and how important it is that we help care for her.

Lisa Campbell is a freelance writer who writes about what interests her: the world,  conserving energy, teaching and the blue that covers most of the world.  She grew up on the waterways of Northern Michigan.  lisacampbell399@msn.com

 

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