Pollution Prevention

The Chemical Committee of the Lake Superior Binational Forum has cooperated with provincial, state and federal government agencies around the Lake Superior basin to facilitate implementation of pollution prevention projects and also public education about pollution prevention.

Projects have included education sessions about the toxic substances like mercury through to implementation of projects in Lake Superior communities. As an example, Binational Forum members helped to facilitate implementation of a household hazardous waste collection event in Terrace Bay, Ontario in October of 2009. This was the first such collection ever held in Terrace Bay and was sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, EcoSuperior Environmental Programs and the Town of Terrace Bay. The project was successful in that it diverted huge quantites of common substances which might otherwise have ended up in the environment via the landfill; the project was also a practical means of educating Terrace Bay and area residents about proper management of common hazardous substances.

Top 12 Ways to Protect your Superior Lake

  1.  Create an energy efficient home by adding insulation, replacing windows, buying energy-efficient appliances.  Learn more.
  2. Install water saving devices.  Learn more.  Learn even more.
  3. Never burn garbage.  Learn more. Learn even more.
  4. Try to reduce, reuse, recycle and repair containers and household items instead of throwing them away.  Learn more.
  5. Take household hazardous materials to hazardous waste collections.  Learn more.
  6. Never pour oil or other used liquids into a storm drain.  This drains directly into waterways like rivers, streams and Lake Superior.  Learn more.
  7. Put your lawn on a chemical free diet. Ontario banned lawn chemicals in 2009. Learn moreLearn even more.
  8. Inspect your boat and trailer and remove any plants and animals before leaving a boat access to reduce the spread of invasive plants and animals. Learn more.  Learn even more.
  9. Landscape with plants that are native to the region.  They grow better and use less water.  Learn more.
  10. Plant trees to capture carbon dioxide, prevent erosion, provide shade to cool your home and give food and shelter for birds and animals. Learn more.
  11. Use a rain barrel to collect storm water from your roof and use the water for gardening and washing the car. Learn more.
  12. And most importantly, Love Lake Superior.