September 9, 2011 – Grand Marais, MN

The Lake Superior Binational Forum held a public meeting on Friday, September 9, 2011 in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

The theme for the public meeting was “Advancing the Visions: Water Quality Challenges on the Minnesota North Shore.” This theme compliments the Binational Program’s celebration of its 20th anniversary in 2011 by highlighting what communities and organizations are doing to protect the water quality and quantity of the Lake Superior basin.

Speakers talked about water quality issues such as aquatic invasive species and the potential for VHS virus in fish; impacts of stormwater runoff from development in the city of Grand Marais; and impacts of storm events on water quality in the north shore’s streams and rivers. There was also be a presentation of the new outdoor education classroom recently constructed at the Cook County public school that includes a tour of the school’s vegetable garden and composting site.

To view the powerpoint presentation given by Ilena Berg the Water Plan Coordinator for the Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District => click here

For more information on Lana Fralich City Administrator for Silver Bay Minnesota. => click here

Here are a few photo highlights of Grand Marais and Lake Superior.

Fall 2011 Meeting Highlights

[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_downtown-grand-marais.jpg]4870Downtown Grand Marais MN
Peaceful view from the Java Moose Coffeehouse deck right in the heart of town. It’s a hazy day with smoke from a nearby forest fire in Ely, Minn., blowing out of the woods.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_autumn-rocks.jpg]4630Autumn Rocks
Autumn berries float quietly in a still pool of water in a rock pile on Artists Point.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_beach-stones.jpg]4600Lake Superior Beach Stones
A municipal beach near downtown offers infinite stones for any rock collector.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_border-flags.jpg]4490Border Flags
The Border Patrol is often visible in this small town located just an hour from the Canadian border.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_bumpersticker.jpg]4360Bumper Sticker for Lake Superior
Grand Marais residents love the lake!
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_city-rain-garden.jpg]4270City Rain Garden
Cook County reduced stormwater runoff from its parking lot by installing a colorful rain garden with Minnesota Coastal Management’s financial support.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_green-motel.jpg]4230Green Motel
The owners of the Aspen Lodge offer lots of sustainable practices for its guests!
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_green-parking.jpg]4220Green Parking
Those who use less energy get privileged parking places outside the Arrowhead Electric Cooperative offices in Lutsen, Minn.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_local-grocery-store-art.jpg]4220Local Art Mural
You can find imaginative art on almost every block in this community that offers the Grand Marais Art Colony, the North House Folk School, Artists Point, and many galleries and shops.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_public-session.jpg]4210Public Input Session
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_secret-garden.jpg]4170Secret Garden
Beautiful and unusual places hide behind many handmade driftwoods doors in downtown Grand Marais.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_wtip-radio-station.jpg]4140WTIP Radio Station
The best community radio station in the Lake Superior basin! WTIP not only makes great music but it’s bursting with art like these mosaic panels designed by a community artist.
[img src=http://www.superiorforum.org/wp-content/flagallery/fall-2011-meeting-highlights/thumbs/thumbs_sunset-in-grand-marais.jpg]4110Sunset in Grand Marais MN
Full moon rising at Cascade River State park, a perfect place to watch the lake.

 

 

Public Input Session Agenda

For more information, contact binationalforum@northland.edu; 715-682-1489

Thank you to the people of Grand Marais, MN for hosting the Lake Superior Binational Forum.
For more information on Grand Marais, MN visit ~ http://grandmarais.com/

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