News & Events at Environmental Services Division

Upcoming Events

WinSLAMM
WinSLAMM Training 
When: Thurs
. and Friday Dec 1-2, 8am-4pm
Where:
 City of Superior, Gov't Center: 1316 N 14th St. Room 270 - Superior, WI
How: Register online. Payment of $550 is due upon arrival (cash or check only).
What:
 This hands-on, computer-based course will demonstrate how the latest WinSLAMM software incorporates long-term local rain data along with soils, land use, source area, and other local watershed factors to quantify pollutant sources in complex urban watersheds. Learn how to use WinSLAMM to:
  • calculate pollutant loads and runoff volumes, the cost of stormwater control practices, and runoff volume impacts from porous pavement
  • analyze outlet options for wet detention ponds, street dirt washoff and catch basin cleaning, and whether biofilters meet regulatory requirements
  • estimate the effectiveness of filter strips, rain barrels and cisterns, hydrodynamic treatment devices, stormwater media filters, and grass swale drainage systems.

Who should attend?

  • Design engineers
  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Regulators 
  • Reviewers 
  • Regional planning staff
  • City or county staff with stormwater management responsibilities
Learn more about WinSLAMM here.
Register for the training.

Past Events

Superior Speakers Presents: Shawna Weaver - @RunSHT
When: Thurs
. Nov 10th, 6-7 PM
Where: 
Superior Public Library - Meeting Room,  1530 Tower Ave - Superior, WI
What:
 Join us in hearing about Shawna Weaver's extraordinary adventure along the shore of Lake Superior this past summer. Superior High School grad, Weaver, who holds a PhD in sustainability education, ran the entirety of the Superior Hiking Trail in 9 days. That's over 30 miles of trail a day, or 9 marathons in 9 days!

By tackling this grueling feat, Shawna hopes to celebrate the resilience of Lake Superior. Along the way, she hosted campfire conversations for sustainability leaders and local residents to discuss the risks and dangers the lake faces due to human activity. She will talk about the amazing efforts of so many individuals, organizations, and businesses who are working to protect the Lake Superior lifestyle. This is also an educational piece about the work yet to be done.
Learn more at @RunSHT

For more information contact Andrea at crousea@ci.superior.wi.us or 715-394-0392. 
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Superior Farmer's Market
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 Every Weds. 11:00-2:00, through Oct 26, 2016

Where: Superior Public LibraryNorth Parking Lot
What: Find locally grown, farm-fresh produce. Talk to the farmers who grew the food you will eat, share recipes with other shoppers and vendors. Participate in a range of 
activities.
Science Cafe w/ American Chemical Society featuring Dr. Lorena Rios of UWS
When: Weds
. Oct 19th, 6:30-8 PM
Where: Two Harbors Public Library, 
320 Waterfront Dr - Two Harbors, MN 
What:
 Presenter Dr. Lorena Rios of UWS will discuss “Macro and Micro Plastic Debris in the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lakes.” Science Cafes provide a relaxed, open venue for non-scientists and scientists to discuss current topics. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Lorena Rios - UWS
2016 Superior Spooktacular Poster
Superior Spooktacular & Pumpkin Patch
When: Sat
. Oct 15th, 8-2 PM
Where: 
13th and Banks Ave - Superior, WI
What:
 Family Fun Run registration at 8 AM, Race starts at 9 AM
Halloween Parade at 11 AM.
The Pumpkin Patch event begins at 11:30 with family fun, including a bouncy house, kids activities, food vendors, and booths. Stop by the Environmental Services Division booth for a chance to win prizes!

Faxon Creek Public Meeting
When: 
 Weds. Sept. 21st, 6-7 PM
Where: 
Superior Public Library - Meeting Room 1530 Tower Ave - Superior, WI
What: 
Speakers from ESD and Public Works will present on stormwater management projects in the Faxon Creek Watershed.
Do you have questions or concerns? Let us know! This meeting is free and light refreshments will be provided.
An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.


For more information contact Andrea at crousea@ci.superior.wi.us or 715-394-0392. 

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Cause for Paws 5K
When: Saturday, Sept. 10th at 8 AM registration, 9 AM race begins
Where: Osaugie Trail, Barker's Island
What: Raise money for the Humane Society of Douglas County and join other pet-lovers at this Walk/Run, held on the Osaugie Trail in Superior across from Barker’s Island.
Cost for individual participation is $25, and $50 for a family (up to two adults and children). Children must be accompanied by an adult.The cost includes a t-shirt for each participant and a bandanna for a dog. Individuals may walk up to 2 dogs. Dogs must have current proof of rabies vaccination at the time of registration and remain on a 6 ft or shorter leash at all times. NO flex leads. You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog(s). 
Learn more on the HSDC website.

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Superior Coastal Clean-Up - Thanks to all who participated!
When:  Saturday Sept. 17th, 10am-3pm
Where: City of Superior - Wisconsin Point (look for the blue City of Superior registration table at one of the first parking lots)
Or organize a group and choose your own site. 
What: Keeping waterways clean starts at home. The City of Superior is hosting a clean-up event at Wisconsin Point as part of an International effort to clean our beaches and waterways on Saturday Sept. 17th. You can be part of an existing clean-up effort by simply showing up at WI Point between 10 AM and 3 PM, or you can host a clean-up effort at a site and time of your choosing by rounding up family, friends, or members of an organization. 

For more information, to sign-up for an event near you, or become a site host, contact Andrea at crousea@ci.superior.wi.us or 715-394-0392. 
Learn more about the larger effort at the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach website.

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Tour of Superior Stormwater Management Structures
When:  Thursday Aug. 4th 12-3 PM
             Saturday Aug. 6th, 10 AM-1 PM
Where: Bus departs from, and returns to, Barker's Island, near the S.S. Meteor
What: Local experts from the City of Superior, UWS, and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve will be our guides on a tour of Superior Stormwater Protection Practices. The 3 hour tour will take you to various sites around the city, to see and learn about rain gardens, bio-filtration systems, stormwater ponds, green roofs, and more.

Reservations are required for this FREE event. 
Contact Andrea at crousea@ci.superior.wi.us or 715-394-0392 to reserve your seat today!

Billing Park Days!
When:  Friday Aug 5th, 4 PM-Midnight
      Saturday Aug. 6th, 10 AM-Midnight
Where: Iowa Ave., Superior WI
What: Live music, food, arts and crafts, dancing, and fun for all ages. Stop by and visit the Environmental Services booth on Saturday between 10 AM-3 PM on Saturday for a chance to win prizes.

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Aqua Kids in the Great Lakes

Aqua Kids, Emmy Award-winning TV show, Visits the Twin Ports!

The Aqua Kids’ cast and crew spent a full week in the Twin Ports getting their feet wet in the Lake Superior watershed with researchers and resource management staff from the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the City of Superior, the City of Duluth, Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Natural Resources Department, Fond du Lac Reservation Cultural Center and Museum, MN Department of Natural Resources’ MinnAqua Program, the EPA, the Natural Resources Research Institute, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Northland College, and Minnesota Sea Grant.

Their week in the region included research and monitoring of invasive species like emerald ash borer and purple loosestrife, snorkeling through fish habitat near Clough Island, sampling fish and invertebrates, looking for microplastics in Superior Bay, sailboat racing on Lake Superior with the Duluth Keel Club, and touring wild rice restoration projects in the St. Louis River estuary. In Duluth, they accompanied city stormwater experts to an urban trout stream as they go underneath the city in a stormwater tunnel.  In Superior, they assisted with stormwater pond inspection and maintenance with survey equipment, stenciled storm drains, and helped manage invasive plants near the newly designed Poplar Avenue Wetland basin. They will also die field and lab work related to marine debris, wetland habitats, and climate change.

Aqua Kids has been honored with a number of prestigious awards, including 2 Emmy Awards, 15 Telly Awards, and 2 Videographer Awards. Locally, it airs on Fox 21 Saturdays at 7:30 pm.

More information can be found about the Lake Superior Reserve, NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve SystemUniversity of Wisconsin-Superior, and Aqua Kids! Read more about their visit!


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Sunday July 17, 11-4 (Join us in 2017! Lake Superior Day is always the 3rd Sunday in July)
Where: Barker's Island Festival Park
What: Live music, art and fun. Free activities include stand-up paddleboard demos, canoe and kayak rides, art exhibits and vendors, photo booth, educational activities, arts and crafts, rain garden workshop, native plant sale, farmers market and performances from local musicians.




Earth Tracks at the Lake Superior Zoo
Whe
n: May 20th, 10am-2pm
Where: Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth MN
What: Travel throughout the zoo, visiting animals, and various stations set up with environmentally themed activities, games, and demonstrations. Learn more about the event here!

Watch Roller Derby, visit the City of Superior Environmental Services Division Table to learn about local water, and win prizes!

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  Come spend the evening with the Northland's original flat track roller derby league! Cheer on the Harbor City Roller       Dames and make their Sun's Out-- Guns Out Double Header the event of the season!

  Saturday May 21st 5:00 pm-9 pm Wessman Arena
  Visit our booth for a chance to win prizes during breaks in the bout.



The St. Louis River Alliance (and the Piping Plover) needs you!
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Learn more at a volunteer training at the Environmental Services Division Building in Superior.
ESD 51 E 1st St. Superior WI 54880
Learn more on the SLRA website.

Nemadji Watershed Public Meeting

When: Weds. May 4th
Where: Superior Town Hall
What: Learn about local efforts to improve the condition of the Nemadji Watershed. Find out what residents can do, and are doing. Be part of the solution! More information about the effort can be found on the Carton County Soil and Water Conservation District website. This is a joint effort between the Carlton County SWCD and the Douglas County Land and Water Conservation District.
 
Pet owners: Get out and do your doo-dy

April 24-30 is National Scoop the Poop Week. In addition to being smelly and unsightly, pet waste is dangerous to humans and other pets. Pet waste attracts rodents and can be the cause of local beach closings. Pet waste may contain pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasitic worms that can be transmitted to humans who are gardening in contaminated soils or who are recreating in infected waters.
Pet waste also contains nutrients that help weeds and algae grow. Excess vegetation growth in aquatic environments is both unsightly and it uses up the oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need to live. Oxygen levels are also reduced as bacteria decomposes pet waste (a process requiring oxygen).
Most of us don't have dogs willing to use the indoor facilities, so pet owners need to clean up for them.
Pet waste should be picked up and either be:
  • flushed down the toilet (be sure to pick out rocks and sticks first),
  • put in the trash or,
  • buried in your own yard. If you want to bury pet waste, make sure it is in a hole at least 6 inches deep, away from vegetable gardens and water sources, and in permeable soil (not clay). Do not add it to compost piles.

Faxon Creek Rescue - Clean Up
When: Saturday April 23th, 1pm - 5pm
Where: N 23rd St and Lamborn Ave
What: Join the City of Superior, the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Northern Lights Elementary School for a clean-up of Faxon Creek.Volunteers are invited to meet Reserve and City staff at tables set up at the intersection of Lamborn Ave and N. 23rd Street, near Northern Lights Elementary in Superior. No reservations are needed. Please dress for the weather and be prepared for the possibility of mud. Volunteers can stay as long or as little as they like, and children are welcome to attend with an adult caretaker. Free refreshments are provided by the Red Mug Café. Please call the Reserve at 715-392-3141 with any questions.


Storm Water 2015 Annual Report Public Meeting Event
When: Tuesday, March 8th 6-8 pm
Where: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. Superior, WI
What:
Join the Environmental Services Division as we go over the Storm Water Annual Report and voice your comments, concerns, and questions.

When available the 2015 Storm Water Annual Report will be linked here.
Please comment on the report.


Smart Salting - Winter Sidewalk & Driveway Maintenance for Homeowners

When: Monday, Jan. 18th, 11-12
Where: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. Superior
What: Join the Environmental Services Division of Public Works for this FREE seminar. Learn about proper application of salt and other traction agents to your sidewalks and driveway. Learn about road salt, its effects on the environment, keep your driveway and sidewalk safe while protecting local water, and saving money!

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a bonus presentation in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit

When: Weds. Feb. 3, 7 pm
Where: Swenson Hall - UWS, Superior WI
What: Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho were the first women to paddle the 2,250 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in a canoe, following the journey of two young men who documented this journey in the book, Canoeing with the Cree. Join us to hear Natalie Warren talk about the journey!


Public Meeting about the Faxon Creek Culvert Replacement at Hill Ave - Join Us!

When
: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 5-7 pm
Where: Moose Lodge, 66 E 5th St.
What: Learn about Public Works' plan to remove the aged viaduct structure and replace the culvert crossing. The crossing would be upsized and would substantially increase the crossings ability to convey Faxon Creek during high flow conditions. The proposed culvert replacement includes one 10 foot high by 12 foot wide box culvert. A 410 foot section of sanitary sewer will also be replaced as part of this project.


Be a part of the Lake Superior Ice Festival, a celebration of winter and water, by contributing to ORB365! 
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Work with your family, friends, school or community group, or as an individual, to contribute to this community art installation by creating ice orbs! Each orb represents a day of the year that water is important to us. All ice orbs will be arranged into a larger installation on Barker's Island for the closing ceremony of the Lake Superior Ice Festival (Sat. Feb 27th).

1. Contact the City of Superior-Environmental Services Division and pledge to make ice orbs (715-394-0392 or email: crousea@ci.superior.wi.us). We will provide all necessary materials and instructionsOrb365_2.jpg.
2. Fill balloons with water and place outside until frozen (2-4 days depending upon air temperature).
3. Deliver frozen orbs to Barker’s Island on Friday Feb. 26 between 10am-12pm (or arrange for pick-up by Thurs. Feb. 25 at noon)
4. Visit the Lake Superior Ice Festival on Barker’s Island anytime between Feb. 20th-27th, and for the closing ceremony on Saturday Feb 27th to see your contribution to the celebration! Learn more about the event on the Ice Project Facebook Page.

Download an Ice Orb Instruction Sheet or a pledge form.

City's Hazard Mitigation Plan, Open House - Learn about the Plan!

When: Feb 25th, 6PM
Where: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. Superior
What: The City of Superior has been updating the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan was integral to the City receiving funding post 2012s Presidential Disaster Declared event. Learn more at this open house event!


2015 News and Events 
Constructed Wetland Basin Public Meeting - Please Join Us!
When: Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-8 pm
Where: Moose Lodge, 66 E 5th St.
What: The City of Superior is constructing a wetland basin to treat stormwater runoff from the Central Business District. The basin will be near Poplar Ave and 12th St. Come see the preliminary design, provide input on features you'd like incorporated and get your questions answered. We'd love to hear from you!


City's Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Meetings - Please participate!
The City of Superior is updating the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan was integral to the City receiving funding post 2012s Presidential Disaster Declared event.
It is important for the Plan to be updated so the City can qualify grant funds through the State and Federal Emergency Management Programs. There will be interactive discussions about the hazard strategies, relevant edits, and areas of concern. The projects and strategies identified will be incorporated into the updated plan which will be ready for final review by September 1, 2015. Meetings will be one hour in length and start at 11 am and end at noon. Light food and drinks will be provided.
Meeting location: Government Center (1316 N 14th St), Room 204
Meeting dates: June 25, July 9, July 23
Meeting Time: 11 am - 12 pm


How is Drinking Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Done in Superior?
Find out as SWL&P and Superior Environmental Services Presents these two important water-related services in Superior. The practices are important for human health and environmental health.
Tuesday May 19th at 5 p.m. at the Superior Public Library
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View the 2014
Annual Report.
A public meeting to submit comments will be held at the Superior Public Library on March 25 from 5:30-7:30PM.