Lake Superior holds 10% of the world's fresh surface water that isn't frozen. That's why at UMD they were raising awareness about our precious resource.
Bryan French, the Sustainability Program Coordinator at UMD, told me, "One of the things we're specifically focusing on today is the volume of plastic water bottles that are used, and the plastic water bottle that we use are frequently the kind that are single use."
Using a reusable water bottle will greatly reduce the amount of trash we produce. But in order for you to get clean drinking water from the tap, we need to keep our big lake pollutant free.
"From the storm water runoff that comes off of parking lots, comes off of lawn, people sweep it out into the streets, trying to discourage that so the water that goes into lake Superior is as fresh and clean as possible because that's where we get our drinking water." says French.
The sustainability program at UMD also set up models to show students how these pollutants get into our watershed.
Olivia Dehler, a student at UMD, says"And when it rains all over these pesticides and fertilizer and sediments, those go right into our watershed."
Some would argue that we have the best drinking water in the country.
But that could change if we don't take care of the precious lake in our backyard.
"I don't think a lot of people know that chemicals like pesticides and fertilizer get into our watershed. I think people think that stays put, but really it doesn't. So we're trying to bring awareness to what happens in our water cycle here in Duluth and we do that through the water bottles to try and increase sustainability through that." said Dehler.
On Thursday The Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe will perform with a unique Lake Superior puppet from Duluth's annual Smelt Festival Parade, along with other lectures to bring awareness to world water week.
Meteorologist Adam Lorch