Environmental Services Division of Public Works (ESDPW)
Public education is an essential part of any plan to reduce stormwater pollution. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution. Because stormwater pollution is caused by so many different activities, traditional regulatory controls will only go so far. Education and outreach are key components to any successful stormwater program.
Volunteer opportunities may include beach clean-up, maintaining rain gardens, storm drain stenciling, and river monitoring. We also would like to have more residents Adopt-a-Storm Drain and help keep storm drains clear.
Contact Andrea to find out what opportunities are available for volunteering today!
phone: 715.394.0392 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a couple webinars or volunteer with the city and other agencies that serve to protect our waters.
There are many environmental groups throughout our region that are committed to improving our waterways and offer opportunities for you to volunteer. Check out one that meets your needs.
If your environmental group would like to be included on this page please email the PEIR Educator.
Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (Lake Superior Reserve)
The 16,697-acre Lake Superior Reserve is a combination of four distinct land areas and portions of connecting waterways in Douglas County, in the northwest corner of Wisconsin where the St. Louis River flows into Lake Superior. Each area possesses its own combination of habitats. The Reserve includes uplands and submerged lands; riparian and riverine habitat; riverine islands; emergent freshwater marshes, interdunal wetlands and scrub swamp; aspen, dry and hardwood forests; and open sand beach and dunes. The four non-contiguous areas are located within 10 miles of each other. The site consists exclusively of public lands and waters owned by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, City of Superior, Douglas County and the University of Wisconsin. The Reserve provides a wide range of estuarine research and public education opportunities. Visit their website lsnerr.uwex.edu for more information.
The St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA)
The St. Louis River has helped organize cleanups, education events, produced publications, and been very involved in the St. Louis River which is an Area of Concern. For more information on this group go to www.stlouisriver.org.