Love Your Greats Day second Saturday of August

Saturday, August 8, 2020
Love Your Greats Day on second Saturday of August
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Jen Pate, of Bayfield, says we need to work together to protect Lake Huron


Love Your Greats

A day to celebrate our Great Lakes, called Love Your Greats Day, is held the second Saturday of every August, and promotes education and local action to protect our Great Lakes.

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Love Your Greats Day promotes education, local action to protect our Great Lakes.
This day encourages making changes to reduce plastic use (to reduce plastic, microplastic, and nanoplastic pollution); education about Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes and sustainable practices; and water protection projects such as rain gardens, wetlands, tree planting, and responsible purchase of products that don’t pollute. 

Photo contest - new in 2019 - for Love Your Greats Day

You are invited to ‘show your lake some love’ with photos of how you protect Lake Huron 
Enter photo contest for chance to win Great Lakes prizes in celebration of Love Your Greats Day

A day to celebrate our Great Lakes, called Love Your Greats Day, is held the second Saturday of every August, and promotes education and local action to protect our Great Lakes.

This year (2019), Ausable Bayfield Conservation would like to see that action and invites the community to share their actions in the form of a photo contest.

“Throughout the watershed, homeowners, farmers, businesses, community groups and other organizations have been working to protect Lake Huron, and it is important to recognize and celebrate these efforts,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds Specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “The hope is that you will share with us your photos illustrating what you do to protect Lake Huron.”

Please note that the deadline, for the first Love Your Greats photo contest, has been extended to Tuesday, September 3, 2019. So - you still have time to enter your photos of your actions helping to protect Lake Huron and helping to keep your Great Lake great!

The photos of what you do to protect Lake Huron might include, but are not limited to, photos showing rain barrels, rain gardens, wetlands, natural areas, trees, permeable pavement, cover crops, minimum or no-till fields, berms, grassed waterways, buffers, exclusion fencing, or beach cleanups. “If your photo has a story to tell, we encourage you to share that as well,” said Brock. “No matter how large or small, we are interested in seeing all the actions you take to protect Lake Huron.” Often, when people share what they have done on their own properties, it inspires others to take positive actions as well, she said.  

You may submit your photo to the contest simply by posting a photo showing what you or your family does to protect Lake Huron by replying to the Love Your Greats photo contest post on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Facebook page, or Twitter feed, with the hashtag #LYGLakeHuron. Or, you may send your photo, by email, with #LYGLakeHuron Photo Contest in the subject of the email, to info@abca.ca.

To be eligible for the contest, photos should be posted or received by Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at noon local time. The complete set of contest rules are posted online at abca.ca at this web page:

By using the #LYGLakeHuron hashtag you are agreeing to the rules of the contest.

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The watershed Facebook page is at: 

Three winners of the photo contest will be drawn at random and will receive a Love Your Greats or Great Lakes T-shirt, hat, or similar prize. For more information visit abca.ca or contact Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds Technician, at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, by phone at 519-235-2610, extension 246, or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.

To learn more about the Love Your Greats initiative, visit loveyourgreats.com. Visit lakehuroncommunityaction.ca to see what actions are being taken around the Lake Huron basin.

Consider how you can protect Great Lakes on Love Your Greats Day

Jen Pate, of Bayfield, said local communities can take action to protect Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes.

There are many residents and landowners, businesses, community groups, and other organizations that are partners in this work to encourage education and positive local actions. There are many ways people can help to protect and improve their lake, whether it’s a two-minute beach clean with an app (visit beachclean.net); reducing plastic pollution by refilling your reusable water bottles at Blue Bayfield’s Blue Betty bike or at the water refill station at Grand Bend’s Main Beach or at a number of other local locations; or visiting participating sustainable businesses and markets within walking distance of local communities. 

“Change starts with the smallest steps,” according to Love Your Greats organizers. 
Bayfield is one of several lakeshore communities doing projects to help protect the lake. Homeowners, community groups, the Municipality of Bluewater, and other organizations are working to help protect the quality of water entering Lake Huron and the Bayfield River. The community has embarked on projects help to improve the quality of water with rain gardens and soakaways, rain barrels, tree planting, permeable pavement, and more. 

You are invited to take a Stormwater Stroll self-guided walking tour in Bayfield, along the shores of Lake Huron, and to check out different urban initiatives in the village. To learn more, and to download the Bayfield Stormwater Stroll brochure, please visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at abca.ca at this link: 

The Bayfield Stormwater Stroll self-guided walking tour includes stops to view residential and community rain gardens, permeable driveways, rain barrels, tree planting, planting of native species, and more. 

“To keep Lake Huron healthy, we need to look at what we can do on our own properties to minimize stormwater pollution,” according to the Stormwater Stroll brochure. “Stormwater is water from rain or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground. Instead, if flows over the land and can pick up sediment, fertilizer and bacterial pollutants and carry them to the lake.”

On Love Your Greats Day you may check out Yellow Fish Road™ education efforts. In local communities, young people, including Guides and Scouts, have painted yellow fish beside some storm drains. These fish are a reminder that only rain water should go down the drain. Anything else can have an impact on fish and water quality. 

These are just some of the projects and locations in shoreline and inland communities that showcase what is being done, and what can be done, to keep our Great Lake great.

There are ways to learn about tree planting, cover crops, and other best management practices online at local conservation organizations. People can learn about the role of soil health in protecting water in creeks, rivers, and the lake at the Huronview Demonstration Farm near Clinton (Visit huronview.net to find out more). You are also invited to visit businesses and locations, in local communities, striving to be more sustainable for a healthier Lake Huron future. 
 
Learn more about Great Lakes partners in Canada and the United States at loveyourgreats.com and at lakehuroncommunityaction.ca

Love Your Greats Day in 2020 takes place on Saturday, August 8, 2020.