Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake in the world... so big that if the shoreline were straightened out, you could connect Duluth with the Bahamas.
Development along the shoreline can cause changes in the water quality of Lake Superior as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in "Your Green Life."
Water quality can play a roll in economic growth, and in turn economic growth can greatly affect the quality of water.
It's the balance of the two that needs to be understood, and a program aboard the L.L. Smith Junior called "View from the Lake" is educating people how to keep Lake Superior.... superior
"We're hoping the more that they understand the more that they will figure out what they can do in their homes and in their communities to reduce the impacts on the water quality and in that way help protect Lake Superior water quality."
If you walked the entire shore of Lake Superior you would walk over 27 hundred miles, and industrialization along this land has already altered the water flow.
"As we start opening it up more, removing more of the tree cover, we start seeing the water move off the land more quickly into our streams and the water quality deprivation then follows."
While on tour, water samples are being collected to check the water for clarity, evaluate the sediment concentration, and examine the quantity of the aquatic life.
Small creatures such as MAY FLY, LARVA, DIATOMS, AND COPEPODS CAN BE seen up close and in high definition, providing a sight of lake life that many will never get to experience.
For hands-on learners, this was an experience they will never forget.
"Learning about how parking lots and stuff are really affecting water absorption, and how we can prevent a lot of the flooding that has been happening downstate by just being more aware on what used to be here and they used to have defenses against flooding in the landscape."
If you would like a "View from the Lake," the ship will be cruising the North Shore and near Duluth shoreline several times this summer
In Washburn, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northland's NewsCenter.
Note that some trips have already been filled. The cost is $20. Registration is online. Call Minnesota Sea Grant: 218-726-8106 for any questions.
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