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There are events across the state and nationwide that promote the protection and enhancement of water resources. Search below for events in Northeast Minnesota and worldwide:

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Voices for the Lakes Essay Contest
February 1, 2010

Use the lakes as your inspiration, in the 2010 Voices for the Lakes Essay contest. Essays should describe a connection with Minnesota’s greatest natural resource – its lakes. Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. February 1.



World Wetlands Day
February 2, 2010

Each year government agencies, NGOs and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits and, in particular, of the Ramsar Convention.


National Ground Water Awareness Week
March 7-13, 2010

About half the U.S. population receives its drinking water from wells! And more than 90 percent of the fresh water in the United States and around the world is groundwater. Ground Water Awareness Week spotlights groundwater, as a valuable and renewable resource.


Strong Roots for a Strong Future
MN Association for Environmental Education 2010 Annual Conference
March 12-13
Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge, Grand Rapids, MN


Fix a Leak Week – U.S. EPA WaterSense Program
March 15-21, 2010
Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, 11,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? By making just a few small changes to your daily routine, you can save a significant amount of water, save money and preserve water supplies for future generations. The WaterSense label will help you identify high-efficiency products and programs.


National Environmental Education Week: Be Water and Energy Wise
April 11-17, 2010
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States. EE Week increases the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums. By participating in EE Week, you encourage your students to make a difference in their schools, homes, and communities! EE Week’s 2010 theme is Be Water and Energy Wise.


North Shore River Rendezvous: Building local capacity for North Shore watershed restoration projects
April 24, 2010
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Beaver Bay Town Hall, Duluth

The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process is bringing a new level of watershed restoration and protection to the North Shore. Local governments and local citizens will be integral to the success of this work. Who should attend: North Shore residents, Community leaders, Local government staff.


Drinking Water Week
May 2-8, 2010

For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association and its members  have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

Workshops on Aquatic Invasive Species
Hosted by the U.S. and Canadian members of the Lake Superior Work Group and Binational Program
June 1, Duluth
June 2, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Lake Superior Work Group and the “Binational Program to Restore and Protect the Lake Superior Basin” will host workshops on aquatic invasive species prevention plans. Workshop details, including a draft agenda, are available at

There is no charge for the workshop, but participants must register. RSVP to and include name, organization and email address.


World Environment Day
June 5, 2010
Commemorated each year on June 5, World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

World Oceans Day
June 8, 2010
Since 2002, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide. We help coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, and businesses. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations have been marking June 8th as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.


Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop
July 6-12, 2010
Lake Michigan

Join COSEE Great Lakes in a Great Lakes research cruise on Lake Michigan for a week, July 6-12, 2010. Work with scientists on limnological inquiry, and stop in ports for additional science learning. The workshop will offer first-hand exploration of Lake Michigan ecology, geology, geography, weather, and biogeochemical processes, with particular emphasis on human impacts and parallels between Great Lakes and ocean systems. Application Deadline: April 2, 2010.


Lake Superior Day
July 18, 2010

The event is set to celebrate the world’s largest fresh water-body, and to increase support to restore and protect the lake.

13th Annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival
August 6-8, 2010


World Water Monitoring Day
September 18, 2010

World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. Participants are encouraged to register their site and report their data before December 31 to be included in the Year in Review report. Test kits can be ordered online and resources are available as free downloads.

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