News & Events at Environmental Services Division

Upcoming Events

Boys and Girls Club of Superior - Faxon Sampling (12)

Superior Speaker Series - Citizen Science in the Twin Ports!

Learn more about Citizen Science opportunities in the Twin Ports at our next Superior Speaker event.
When: April 10th 6-7 PM
Where: Lake Superior Reserve's Esturarium 3 Marina Dr. (Red Building on Barker's Island)
Who: Anyone interested in Citizen Science in the region! Young and old, there are opportunities for all!
What: Speakers from the City of Superior and the Lake Superior Citizen Science Collaborative will present on the variety of ways you can get involved in citizen science. Everything from weather watchers, stream monitoring, bird surveys, and online video games which help scientists manage data sets. This event is free and open to the public. LIght refreshments will be served.

Do you want to learn more about Superior Streams or how our urban infrastructure impacts those streams? 

Join us and participate in the inaugural season of the Stream Monitoring Program. No prior experience is necessary and we will provide the equipment, expert training and oversight necessary to successfully sample a Superior Stream. We ask for a one-season commitment from volunteers. Contact us with any questions or sign up today! Volunteer training will begin in spring 2018.

Check out the Stream Monitoring Program website for more information!

Are you ready for snow and ice? Consider a LOW SALT DIET for your driveway and sidewalks!

Around here we understand winter. Heck, some of us even like it! But one task that most of us could do without is snow and ice removal. So what do you do to make that task easier? Turn to that bag of salt. 

We need to use salt for public safety. But too much salt can have negative effects on stream critters, soil, and vegetation and these effects must be added to all the other stresses we contribute to local streams and lakes. 

Any salt that runs off your sidewalk or driveway in snowmelt is headed for Lake Superior. Salt is considered a permanent pollutant. Once the salt is in a lake or stream it's there for good, fouling habitat for fish, waterfowl, and bugs and aquatic plants (their food).

Save time and money by only applying specified amounts of salt, and only at appropriate times.

One teaspoon of road salt will contaminate 5 gallons of water enough to exceed our federal chronic limit for chlorides. 

  1. Shovel first to remove as much snow and ice manually.
  2. Apply salt, scattering it evenly (sweep up any piles), across the sidewalk or driveway. 1 pound of salt (fits in a 12 oz coffee cup) will cover 60-70 feet of sidewalk or 2 parking spaces. * 
  3. If the temperature is below 15 degrees F, salt wont work. switch to a different blend that works at a lower temp or use sand for traction.
  4. Sweep up salt and sand residue and dispose of it properly.

Download and print out this poster for more tips on smart salting!

* Pro-tip: Calculate the size of your sidewalk or driveway (length x width) and make a scoop that is marked to show how much salt you should use for the space.

Major Leauge Pro-tip: Pre-treat before a storm with liquid de-icer (salt brine) to prevent ice build-up. You will save time and effort in clearing up after the storm, and you will use significantly less salt. Find a recipe and instruction here.

More information about salt use can be found at WI Salt Wise.


Past Events


Superior Stormwater Annual Report Meeting

Weds. Feb. 28th from 5:30-6:30 pm at Barker's Island Boat Club - 250 Marina Dr. (note new meeting location!) 

Did you know that stormwater is the biggest source of pollution to Lake Superior? Because of that, the City of Superior (among other municipalities) manages 6 Minimum Control Measures to manage stormwater pollution (you can learn more about those MCMs here). Each year we report to the WiDNR on those activities. Read current and past reports here. Join City of Superior stormwater staff to hear about updates to the city-wide stormwater permit and ask your questions. We look forward to seeing you! 


Superior Speaker Series: Sturgeon in Wisconsin, living fossils in a modern world.

When: Tuesday February 13th 6 PM - 7 PM

Where: Lake Superior Esturarium, 3 Marina Drive. Barker's Island (red building) Superior, WI 54880

What: Join Paul Piszczek, WDNR Fisheries Biologist, to learn about sturgeon in the St. Louis River and Estuary. Sturgeon are often referred to as “living fossils”. These ancient fish can live over 100 years and are highly dependent on good water quality to survive. Wisconsin and Minnesota DNR staff have worked together to stock and study sturgeon in the St. Louis River (SLR). Recent successes in establishing sturgeon in the region speaks to the ongoing efforts to restore the SLR Estuary. Paul will weave together a story of history, general biology and ecology, research, fisheries management, and Lake Superior… all via sturgeon. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is FREE and open to the public! Learn more about sturgeon on theWisconsin Sea Grant website.

Download and share our event poster!

Orb365: A Community Art Collaborative and part of the Lake Superior Ice Festival

When: Friday Jan. 26-Sunday Jan. 28th

Where: Barker's Island Superior, WI 54880

What: Each orb represents a day of the year that water is important to you. Work with your family, friends, school, community group, or as an individual to contribute to this community art installation by creating ice orbs!

All ice orbs will be arranged into a larger installation on Barker's Island for the Lake Superior Ice Festival.

It's easy to participate: Download detailed instructions and posters!


Do you mow a lawn? Check out this poster for a few tips to save money, effort, and time while keeping your lawns green and lakes blues this summer! You can also find lawn care tips here
Grass clippings and leaves in the street carry extra nutrients to local streams and Lake Superior. "Nutrients" may not sound like a bad thing, but too much can be unhealthy for our aquatic ecosystems. Not only can excess nutrients cause algae blooms, but as the leaves and grass decompose and break down they consume oxygen which means less oxygen for fish and other critters. Stormwater systems in urban areas keep us safe by reducing flooding, but they also channel grass clippings and leaves and other pollutants on the roads to streams and lakes. Do your part by planning your border cuts to direct grass clippings into your yard instead of into the street. Not only is is better for Lake Superior, it's the law in the City of Superior (Sec 58.2 of the City Ordinances)

Open House and BBQ at the new Poplar Wetland Basin!

Join Mayor Paine, city officials, and community members for this FREE family friendly open house at the newly constructed Poplar Wetland Basin. Learn about stormwater treatment in the wetland, landscaping for stormwater protection on your own property, and enjoy a BBQ, beverages, games and door prizes! The event is free and all are welcome.

When: Monday Oct. 16th from 4:00-6:00 PM - Dedication by Mayor Paine at 5:00 PM

Where: Poplar Wetland Basin, Poplar Ave and N 12th St. Superior WI

Who: All are welcome at this free open house!

Poplar Wetland Basin Sign
LSNERR Estuarium

Lake Superior Estuarium Grand Opening!

Join the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve for the Grand Opening of the Lake Superior Estuarium exhibit hall on Barkers Island, in honor of National Estuaries Day! There will be opportunities for fun and learning about the St. Louis River for everyone in this exciting new facility in Superior, WI. Enjoy, explore, experience!

When: Saturday, September 30 at 11 AM - 7 PM, Opening Ceremony at 1:30

Where:Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve at 14 Marina Dr. in Superior, WI

Who: All are welcome at this free Grand Opening celebration!

With thanks to our supporters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of Wisconsin Extension and University of Wisconsin Superior.

Adopt-A-Beach John

Superior Coastal Clean-Up

Saturday Sept. 16th 10 am-12 pm 
Where: Wisconsin Point, Lot #1
What: Participate locally in a global effort to clean up beaches and waterways by joining the Superior Coastal Clean-Up. This event is part of the International Coastal Clean-Up, a global effort to clean up waterways around the world. 
Show up at WI point anytime between 10 am and 12 pm to participate. Or round up a group of your own, choose a location you care about, and a time that works for you all during the week of Sept 11-17. The City of Superior will provide garbage bags, gloves, and garbage disposal. We just need you!

For more information or to reserve a site and clean-up kit, contact Andrea at 715-394-0392 or

We Need You to Keep the Trail Clean!

Join the Superior Coastal Clean-Up via ATV on Superior's all-season motorized trail system. If you ride these trails, you know them, and you maybe even know where there are dump sites along the trails. With your help we can clean them up!

Who: It starts with you, but it doesn't end there. Work alone or organize a group of friends and family to work together. Use your ATV (on motorized trails), bike, or feet!

When: Anytime that works for you between Sept. 11-17th

Where: All-season motorized segments of the Osaugie and Pokegama Trails (See Superior's Motorized Trail Map).

How: Contact Andrea to choose a site or trail segment, get a clean-up kit, and arrange for garbage disposal. crousea@ci.superior.wi.usor 715-394-0392

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Paddle with a Purpose 

The St. Louis River Alliance is hosting field experiences on the St. Louis River every Wednesdays in August to learn about Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in the region. Enjoy a relaxed paddle on the St. Louis River with our AIS Staff while learning about species of concern in the region, how to monitor for potential AIS, and what do to if you find something suspicious! No past knowledge or experience with aquatic plants or animals is required for this hands on learning opportunity!

All sessions are FREE, family friendly, and open to the public!

Field experiences will run about 2.5 hours, with the following dates for sessions:

· August 2 1:00 - 3:30 PM – Click here to register

· August 9 5:30 - 8:00 PM – Click here to register

· August 16 1:00 - 3:30 PM – Click here to register

· August 22 5:30 - 8:00 PM – Click here to register

If you are able to bring your own canoe or kayak, please do. If not, we have a limited number to lend out, so please REGISTER ASAP to secure your paddle equipment.

If you’re not able to canoe or kayak, please contact us at We are happy to work with folks to get out on the water in a way that is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Learn more about the program here.

Billing Park Days!
When:  Friday Aug 4th, 4 PM-Midnight
      Saturday Aug. 6th, 10 AM-Midnight
Where: Iowa Ave., Superior WI
What: Live music, food, arts and crafts, dancing, fireworks, movies in the ballfield ("Sandlot"), and fun for all ages. Stop by and visit the Environmental Services booth on Saturday between 10 AM-3 PM on Saturday for a chance to win prizes. Learn more about the event at

Billings Park Days

Superior Speaker - North Shore SUP

North Shore Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) connects people to the St. Louis River Estuary (SLRE) and Lake Superior by getting them up on SUPs. By sharing the beauty of the estuary and Lake Superior, owners Heather and Garrett hope people gain an appreciation for the world-class freshwater ecosystems of our region and then work to preserve them. 
What: Come by for a short presentation about the SLRE and Lake Superior as viewed from a SUP, learn about the sport of SUP  and why it's the fastest growing paddle sport, and (weather permitting) give it a try yourself!
When: Tuesday Aug 1st 6-7 PM
Where: Barker's Island, at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve building (near the S.S. Meteor), Superior WI

South End Days!
When:  Saturday July 22nd, 10 am-4 pm
Where: Webster Park, Superior WI
What: Live music, food, arts and crafts, dancing, and fun for all ages. Stop by and visit the Environmental Services booth on Saturday between 10 AM-3 PM on Saturday for a chance to win prizes. Learn more about the event at

South End Days 2017
Fairlawn Ice Cream Social 
Weds. July 19, 5:30-8:30pm 
Where: Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E 2nd St. Superior
What: Grab the lawn chairs and bring the family for some old-fashioned fun at Fairlawn Mansion’s Ice Cream Social. This community event includes food at “yesteryear” prices, carriage rides, a car show, kids’ games and a cake walk! There will also be live music by the Fractals, local artist’s art sale, and free group tours of the mansion (last tour leaves at 8 p.m.).
CelLake Superior Day.jpgebrate Lake Superior at Lake Superior Day! 
Sunday July 16, 11-3 
Where: Barker's Island Festival Park
What: Live music by Woodblind and Superior Siren, fun for kids of all ages including science experiments, art activities, and (weather permitting) free trails of Stand Up Paddleboards by NorthShore SUP! Prize giveaways throughout the event!
Tour of Superior Stormwater Management Structures
When:  Thursday July 13th 12-3 PM
             Sunday July 16th, 2-5 PM*
Where: Bus departs from, and returns to, Barker's Island, near the S.S. Meteor
What: Local experts from the City of Superior and UWS will be our guides on a tour of Superior Stormwater Protection Practices. The 3 hour tour will take you to various sites around the city to see and learn about rain gardens, bio-filtration systems, stormwater ponds, green roofs, and more.

*Note that Sunday July 16th is also Lake Superior Day, celebrated at Barker's Island. We encourage you to join the fun at Lake Superior Day and then join us for the tour!

Reservations are required for this FREE event. All are welcome, though priority will be given to Superio and Douglas Co. residents.
Please register by June 30th by calling or emailing Andrea at 715-394-0392 or

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Call for High School Artists and Anglers!

Students in grades 9-12 who have artistic talent or just really like to fish, will want to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for the 2018 year stamps. Subject matter for the stamps must feature living species of salmon or trout commonly found in Wisconsin's waters or appropriate subject matter relating to trout and salmon fishing. 

Artwork for the 2018 inland trout stamp contest and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp contest must be received or postmarked by July 3, 2017. Once the artwork has been submitted, DNR will create an online gallery and open the voting through the Web and Facebook in July. The top 10 entries from the online voting will then move to a final round of judging by a panel of three to five judges with expertise and interest in trout, salmon and wildlife art.

Learn more online, or contact Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator at or 608-264-8953.

St. Louis River Spring Cleanup
When:  Saturday May 20th 9am-12pm
Where: Superior, WI
Join the St. Louis River Alliance and City of Superior staff in this spring clean-up. All supplies will be provided but volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring gloves if you have them.
Volunteers can show up at the Archery Range in the Superior Municipal Forest. There will be someone there to indicate parking area. 
From Superior: Follow Elmira Avenue to 42nd st to the Archery Range Parking area.
Volunteers may sign up for one, two or three hours The city of Superior will be providing gloves, bags, buckets and litter pickers and pick up of the garbage. Drinking water will be provided.  Hip boots are recommended for those who wish to tackle the removal of items from the water near shore. Please dress appropriately for the weather and the job!

Interested individuals and organizations may contact the St. Louis River Alliance to find out more about volunteering for this clean up effort: Kris Eilers, Executive Director, 218-733-9520.

Allyson Rolph

Lake Superior on Tap

Great beer starts with clean water.
Beer is about 95% water. Some waters are famous for brewing: the soft water of Pilsen, the pure Rocky Mountain spring water, and now this region is seeing a “Lake Superior” style beer.
What: Join Thirsty Pagan Brewmaster, Allyson Rolph, to find out what makes this region special to brewers and how Lake Superior impacts the flavors in your glass. Light (non-alcoholic) refreshments will be served.
When: May 16th, 2017 6:00-7:00 PM
Where: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. Superior WI

Stormwater Program Open House
When:  Weds. May 10th 4-6 PM
Where: Environmental Services Division of Public Works, 51 E 1st St. Superior, WI - Media Room
What: Learn about The City of Superior's Stormwater Program updates and how it may affect the permitting process. This Open House is especially for consultants and contractors, but all are welcome. A presentation will occur at 4:30, followed by a questions and answer period. Stop in anytime between 4-6 to talk with City of Superior Stormwater staff.

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Nemadji Watershed Open House
When:  Saturday April 29, 1-4 PM
Where: Superior Town Hall, 4917 Highway 35
What: Short presentations on land stewardship planning, and land management for wildlife and a watershed approach. Displays, refreshments, and native plants for sale. Free tree seedlings!
Sponsored by the Douglas County Land Conservation Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Twin Ports City Nature Challenge

Calling all nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts! 
What: The City Nature Challenge is a five-day event during which nature lovers, citizen scientists and anyone interested can contribute to a nationwide assessment of wild plants and animals in urban areas.
How: Upload photos of plants, trees, animals, birds, bugs … any wild, living thing using the iNaturalist app or the iNaturalist website's City Nature Challenge 2017: Twin Ports project from April 14-18.

Don't know how to use iNaturalist? We'll show you!

Free iNaturalist and Bioblitz training. 
When: Saturday April 15th, 10am-1pm
Where: The yurt at Hartley Nature Center, Duluth
For more information, visit:

Citizen Science
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NASECA-WI Construction Site Erosion Control and Stormwater Permit Compliance Training
Focusing on Engineers, Site Managers, Site Superintendents, Contractor Superintendents and Foremen, BMP Installers and Inspectors
When: March 23-24, 2017  8:00 am-4:30 pm
Where: University of Wisconsin, Superior - Great Room (link to site on google maps)
What: This two-day course is designed for those who perform site management duties, supervise or direct construction activities, install best management practices, and/or inspect sites for compliance relating to erosion/sediment control and storm water management.  This course is offered around Wisconsin annually. We encourage those who have not attended for the past 3 years to do so in order to be informed of the latest regulations and practices.
Learn more about the event, download an event flier, or register today!
This training is made possible by the City of Superior, UW Extension, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, and UWS.

World Water Day - Wastewater

Weds. March 22nd, tours, by appointment, offered throughout the day, Open House 3:00-5:30pm
Where: City of Superior - Environmental Services Division of Public Works - 51 E. 1st St. Superior, WI
What: World Water Day is March 22nd and the theme is Wastewater. So how can we pass up an opportunity to offer tours of the City of Superior Wastewater Treatment Plant? We can't!

Contact us to sign up for a tour (times offered throughout the day) or stop by between 3:00-5:30 for an Open House with displays and information about stormwater and wastewater management in Superior. Of course, we'll have suggestions for ways you can be a solution to water pollution!

Andrea B. Crouse - 715.394.0392 or
World Water Day 2017
Dr. Lorena Rios - UWS
Superior Speakers Presents: Plastics in the Environment - Dr. Lorena Rios of UWS
When: Thurs
. Feb. 16th, 6-7 PM
Superior Public Library-Meeting Room, 1530 Tower Ave. Superior, WI 54880 
 Presenter Dr. Lorena Rios of UWS will discuss Macro and Micro Plastic Debris in water, air, and our food chain. In 2015 The Federal Government passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act which bans the use of microbeads, small plastic beads, in personal care products, in large part due to Dr. Rios' pioneering work. Find out the latest on plastics in the environment and what you can do to protect air, water, and the food chain from plastic pollution. Learn more about microbeads in this short animation produced by The Story of Stuff - Microbeads.
The Superior Speaker series provides a relaxed, open venue for non-scientists and scientists to discuss current topics. Refreshments will be served.

Public Meeting - Superior Annual Stormwater Report

When: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM on Wed. Mar. 8th
Where: Superior Public Library (1530 Tower Ave. Superior). 
What: We welcome your review and comments on the City of Superior Annual Stormwater Report. Copies of the Annual Report are available at Environmental Services or online at
Written comments will be accepted until March 8th, 2015.

Submit written comments to:
Environmental Services Division
Department of Public Works
51 E 1st St.
Superior, WI 54880

Orb365: A Community Art Collaborative and part of the Lake Superior Ice Festival
When: Friday Jan. 27-Sunday Jan. 29th

Barker's Island Superior, WI 54880 
 Each orb represents a day of the year that water is important to you. Work with your family, friends, school, community group, or as an individual to contribute to this community art installation by creating ice orbs! 
All ice orbs will be arranged into a larger installation on Barker's Island for the Lake Superior Ice Festival.

It's easy to participate:
  1. Download and complete a pledge form to receive all necessary supplies. 
  2. Fill balloons with water.
  3. Place balloons outside, or in a freezer, and let the cold weather do the work to create ice orbs!
  4. Deliver frozen orbs to Barker's Island on Thurs. Jan 26th between 10:30-12:00 or 4:30-5:30. Or arrange for pick-up of orbs.
  5. Come down to the Lake Superior Ice Festival anytime on Friday-Sunday to see the installation and enjoy the huge slide, ice carvings, pond hockey, music, bonfires, s'mores, ice princesses and much more!
Orb365 and Fireworks

2016 News and Events

WinSLAMM Training  - Completed
When: Thurs
. and Friday Dec 1-2, 8am-4pm
 City of Superior, Gov't Center: 1316 N 14th St. Room 270 - Superior, WI
How: Register online. Payment of $550 is due upon arrival (cash or check only).
 This hands-on, computer-based course will demonstrate how the latest WinSLAMM software incorporates long-term local rain data along with soils, land use, source area, and other local watershed factors to quantify pollutant sources in complex urban watersheds. Learn how to use WinSLAMM to:
  • calculate pollutant loads and runoff volumes, the cost of stormwater control practices, and runoff volume impacts from porous pavement
  • analyze outlet options for wet detention ponds, street dirt washoff and catch basin cleaning, and whether biofilters meet regulatory requirements
  • estimate the effectiveness of filter strips, rain barrels and cisterns, hydrodynamic treatment devices, stormwater media filters, and grass swale drainage systems.

Who should attend?

  • Design engineers
  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Regulators 
  • Reviewers 
  • Regional planning staff
  • City or county staff with stormwater management responsibilities
Learn more about WinSLAMM here.
Registration for the training is closed.

Superior Speakers Presents: Shawna Weaver - @RunSHT
When: Thurs
. Nov 10th, 6-7 PM
Superior Public Library - Meeting Room,  1530 Tower Ave - Superior, WI
 Join us in hearing about Shawna Weaver's extraordinary adventure along the shore of Lake Superior this past summer. Superior High School grad, Weaver, who holds a PhD in sustainability education, ran the entirety of the Superior Hiking Trail in 9 days. That's over 30 miles of trail a day, or 9 marathons in 9 days!

By tackling this grueling feat, Shawna hopes to celebrate the resilience of Lake Superior. Along the way, she hosted campfire conversations for sustainability leaders and local residents to discuss the risks and dangers the lake faces due to human activity. She will talk about the amazing efforts of so many individuals, organizations, and businesses who are working to protect the Lake Superior lifestyle. This is also an educational piece about the work yet to be done.
Learn more at @RunSHT

For more information contact Andrea at or 715-394-0392. 
Superior Farmer's Market
 Every Weds. 11:00-2:00, through Oct 26, 2016

Where: Superior Public LibraryNorth Parking Lot
What: Find locally grown, farm-fresh produce. Talk to the farmers who grew the food you will eat, share recipes with other shoppers and vendors. Participate in a range of 
Science Cafe w/ American Chemical Society featuring Dr. Lorena Rios of UWS
When: Weds
. Oct 19th, 6:30-8 PM
Where: Two Harbors Public Library, 
320 Waterfront Dr - Two Harbors, MN 
 Presenter Dr. Lorena Rios of UWS will discuss “Macro and Micro Plastic Debris in the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lakes.” Science Cafes provide a relaxed, open venue for non-scientists and scientists to discuss current topics. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Lorena Rios - UWS
2016 Superior Spooktacular Poster
Superior Spooktacular & Pumpkin Patch
When: Sat
. Oct 15th, 8-2 PM
13th and Banks Ave - Superior, WI
 Family Fun Run registration at 8 AM, Race starts at 9 AM
Halloween Parade at 11 AM.
The Pumpkin Patch event begins at 11:30 with family fun, including a bouncy house, kids activities, food vendors, and booths. Stop by the Environmental Services Division booth for a chance to win prizes!

Faxon Creek Public Meeting
 Weds. Sept. 21st, 6-7 PM
Superior Public Library - Meeting Room 1530 Tower Ave - Superior, WI
Speakers from ESD and Public Works will present on stormwater management projects in the Faxon Creek Watershed.
Do you have questions or concerns? Let us know! This meeting is free and light refreshments will be provided.
An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

For more information contact Andrea at or 715-394-0392. 

Cause for Paws 5K
When: Saturday, Sept. 10th at 8 AM registration, 9 AM race begins
Where: Osaugie Trail, Barker's Island
What: Raise money for the Humane Society of Douglas County and join other pet-lovers at this Walk/Run, held on the Osaugie Trail in Superior across from Barker’s Island.
Cost for individual participation is $25, and $50 for a family (up to two adults and children). Children must be accompanied by an adult.The cost includes a t-shirt for each participant and a bandanna for a dog. Individuals may walk up to 2 dogs. Dogs must have current proof of rabies vaccination at the time of registration and remain on a 6 ft or shorter leash at all times. NO flex leads. You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog(s). 
Learn more on the HSDC website.

Superior Coastal Clean-Up - Thanks to all who participated!
When:  Saturday Sept. 17th, 10am-3pm
Where: City of Superior - Wisconsin Point (look for the blue City of Superior registration table at one of the first parking lots)
Or organize a group and choose your own site. 
What: Keeping waterways clean starts at home. The City of Superior is hosting a clean-up event at Wisconsin Point as part of an International effort to clean our beaches and waterways on Saturday Sept. 17th. You can be part of an existing clean-up effort by simply showing up at WI Point between 10 AM and 3 PM, or you can host a clean-up effort at a site and time of your choosing by rounding up family, friends, or members of an organization. 

For more information, to sign-up for an event near you, or become a site host, contact Andrea at or 715-394-0392. 
Learn more about the larger effort at the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach website.

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Tour of Superior Stormwater Management Structures
When:  Thursday Aug. 4th 12-3 PM
             Saturday Aug. 6th, 10 AM-1 PM
Where: Bus departs from, and returns to, Barker's Island, near the S.S. Meteor
What: Local experts from the City of Superior, UWS, and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve will be our guides on a tour of Superior Stormwater Protection Practices. The 3 hour tour will take you to various sites around the city, to see and learn about rain gardens, bio-filtration systems, stormwater ponds, green roofs, and more.

Reservations are required for this FREE event. 
Contact Andrea at or 715-394-0392 to reserve your seat today!

Billing Park Days!
When:  Friday Aug 5th, 4 PM-Midnight
      Saturday Aug. 6th, 10 AM-Midnight
Where: Iowa Ave., Superior WI
What: Live music, food, arts and crafts, dancing, and fun for all ages. Stop by and visit the Environmental Services booth on Saturday between 10 AM-3 PM on Saturday for a chance to win prizes.

Aqua Kids in the Great Lakes

Aqua Kids, Emmy Award-winning TV show, Visits the Twin Ports!

The Aqua Kids’ cast and crew spent a full week in the Twin Ports getting their feet wet in the Lake Superior watershed with researchers and resource management staff from the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the City of Superior, the City of Duluth, Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Natural Resources Department, Fond du Lac Reservation Cultural Center and Museum, MN Department of Natural Resources’ MinnAqua Program, the EPA, the Natural Resources Research Institute, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Northland College, and Minnesota Sea Grant.

Their week in the region included research and monitoring of invasive species like emerald ash borer and purple loosestrife, snorkeling through fish habitat near Clough Island, sampling fish and invertebrates, looking for microplastics in Superior Bay, sailboat racing on Lake Superior with the Duluth Keel Club, and touring wild rice restoration projects in the St. Louis River estuary. In Duluth, they accompanied city stormwater experts to an urban trout stream as they go underneath the city in a stormwater tunnel.  In Superior, they assisted with stormwater pond inspection and maintenance with survey equipment, stenciled storm drains, and helped manage invasive plants near the newly designed Poplar Avenue Wetland basin. They will also die field and lab work related to marine debris, wetland habitats, and climate change.

Aqua Kids has been honored with a number of prestigious awards, including 2 Emmy Awards, 15 Telly Awards, and 2 Videographer Awards. Locally, it airs on Fox 21 Saturdays at 7:30 pm.

More information can be found about the Lake Superior Reserve, NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve SystemUniversity of Wisconsin-Superior, and Aqua Kids! Read more about their visit!

CelLake Superior Day.jpgebrate Lake Superior! 
Sunday July 17, 11-4 (Join us in 2017! Lake Superior Day is always the 3rd Sunday in July)
Where: Barker's Island Festival Park
What: Live music, art and fun. Free activities include stand-up paddleboard demos, canoe and kayak rides, art exhibits and vendors, photo booth, educational activities, arts and crafts, rain garden workshop, native plant sale, farmers market and performances from local musicians.

Earth Tracks at the Lake Superior Zoo
n: May 20th, 10am-2pm
Where: Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth MN
What: Travel throughout the zoo, visiting animals, and various stations set up with environmentally themed activities, games, and demonstrations. Learn more about the event here!

Watch Roller Derby, visit the City of Superior Environmental Services Division Table to learn about local water, and win prizes!

  Come spend the evening with the Northland's original flat track roller derby league! Cheer on the Harbor City Roller       Dames and make their Sun's Out-- Guns Out Double Header the event of the season!

  Saturday May 21st 5:00 pm-9 pm Wessman Arena
  Visit our booth for a chance to win prizes during breaks in the bout.

The St. Louis River Alliance (and the Piping Plover) needs you!
pipingploverUSFWS.jpgJoin the St. Louis Rover Alliance in monitoring Piping Plovers on Wisconsin Point.
Learn more at a volunteer training at the Environmental Services Division Building in Superior.
ESD 51 E 1st St. Superior WI 54880
Learn more on the SLRA website.

Nemadji Watershed Public Meeting

When: Weds. May 4th
Where: Superior Town Hall
What: Learn about local efforts to improve the condition of the Nemadji Watershed. Find out what residents can do, and are doing. Be part of the solution! More information about the effort can be found on the Carton County Soil and Water Conservation District website. This is a joint effort between the Carlton County SWCD and the Douglas County Land and Water Conservation District.
Pet owners: Get out and do your doo-dy

April 24-30 is National Scoop the Poop Week. In addition to being smelly and unsightly, pet waste is dangerous to humans and other pets. Pet waste attracts rodents and can be the cause of local beach closings. Pet waste may contain pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasitic worms that can be transmitted to humans who are gardening in contaminated soils or who are recreating in infected waters.
Pet waste also contains nutrients that help weeds and algae grow. Excess vegetation growth in aquatic environments is both unsightly and it uses up the oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need to live. Oxygen levels are also reduced as bacteria decomposes pet waste (a process requiring oxygen).
Most of us don't have dogs willing to use the indoor facilities, so pet owners need to clean up for them.
Pet waste should be picked up and either be:
  • flushed down the toilet (be sure to pick out rocks and sticks first),
  • put in the trash or,
  • buried in your own yard. If you want to bury pet waste, make sure it is in a hole at least 6 inches deep, away from vegetable gardens and water sources, and in permeable soil (not clay). Do not add it to compost piles.

Faxon Creek Rescue - Clean Up
When: Saturday April 23th, 1pm - 5pm
Where: N 23rd St and Lamborn Ave
What: Join the City of Superior, the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Northern Lights Elementary School for a clean-up of Faxon Creek.Volunteers are invited to meet Reserve and City staff at tables set up at the intersection of Lamborn Ave and N. 23rd Street, near Northern Lights Elementary in Superior. No reservations are needed. Please dress for the weather and be prepared for the possibility of mud. Volunteers can stay as long or as little as they like, and children are welcome to attend with an adult caretaker. Free refreshments are provided by the Red Mug Café. Please call the Reserve at 715-392-3141 with any questions.

Storm Water 2015 Annual Report Public Meeting Event
When: Tuesday, March 8th 6-8 pm
Where: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. Superior, WI
Join the Environmental Services Division as we go over the Storm Water Annual Report and voice your comments, concerns, and questions.

When available the 2015 Storm Water Annual Report will be linked here.
Please comment on the report.

Smart Salting - Winter Sidewalk & Driveway Maintenance for Homeowners

When: Monday, Jan. 18th, 11-12
Where: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. Superior
What: Join the Environmental Services Division of Public Works for this FREE seminar. Learn about proper application of salt and other traction agents to your sidewalks and driveway. Learn about road salt, its effects on the environment, keep your driveway and sidewalk safe while protecting local water, and saving money!

Natalie WarrenThe River Talks Presents: Natalie Warren - Hudson Bay Bound

a bonus presentation in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit

When: Weds. Feb. 3, 7 pm
Where: Swenson Hall - UWS, Superior WI
What: Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho were the first women to paddle the 2,250 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in a canoe, following the journey of two young men who documented this journey in the book, Canoeing with the Cree. Join us to hear Natalie Warren talk about the journey!

Public Meeting about the Faxon Creek Culvert Replacement at Hill Ave - Join Us!

: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 5-7 pm
Where: Moose Lodge, 66 E 5th St.
What: Learn about Public Works' plan to remove the aged viaduct structure and replace the culvert crossing. The crossing would be upsized and would substantially increase the crossings ability to convey Faxon Creek during high flow conditions. The proposed culvert replacement includes one 10 foot high by 12 foot wide box culvert. A 410 foot section of sanitary sewer will also be replaced as part of this project.

Be a part of the Lake Superior Ice Festival, a celebration of winter and water, by contributing to ORB365! 

Work with your family, friends, school or community group, or as an individual, to contribute to this community art installation by creating ice orbs! Each orb represents a day of the year that water is important to us. All ice orbs will be arranged into a larger installation on Barker's Island for the closing ceremony of the Lake Superior Ice Festival (Sat. Feb 27th).

1. Contact the City of Superior-Environmental Services Division and pledge to make ice orbs (715-394-0392 or email: We will provide all necessary materials and instructionsOrb365_2.jpg.
2. Fill balloons with water and place outside until frozen (2-4 days depending upon air temperature).
3. Deliver frozen orbs to Barker’s Island on Friday Feb. 26 between 10am-12pm (or arrange for pick-up by Thurs. Feb. 25 at noon)
4. Visit the Lake Superior Ice Festival on Barker’s Island anytime between Feb. 20th-27th, and for the closing ceremony on Saturday Feb 27th to see your contribution to the celebration! Learn more about the event on the Ice Project Facebook Page.

Download an Ice Orb Instruction Sheet or a pledge form.

City's Hazard Mitigation Plan, Open House - Learn about the Plan!

When: Feb 25th, 6PM
Where: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. Superior
What: The City of Superior has been updating the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan was integral to the City receiving funding post 2012s Presidential Disaster Declared event. Learn more at this open house event!

2015 News and Events 
Constructed Wetland Basin Public Meeting - Please Join Us!
When: Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-8 pm
Where: Moose Lodge, 66 E 5th St.
What: The City of Superior is constructing a wetland basin to treat stormwater runoff from the Central Business District. The basin will be near Poplar Ave and 12th St. Come see the preliminary design, provide input on features you'd like incorporated and get your questions answered. We'd love to hear from you!

City's Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Meetings - Please participate!
The City of Superior is updating the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan was integral to the City receiving funding post 2012s Presidential Disaster Declared event.
It is important for the Plan to be updated so the City can qualify grant funds through the State and Federal Emergency Management Programs. There will be interactive discussions about the hazard strategies, relevant edits, and areas of concern. The projects and strategies identified will be incorporated into the updated plan which will be ready for final review by September 1, 2015. Meetings will be one hour in length and start at 11 am and end at noon. Light food and drinks will be provided.
Meeting location: Government Center (1316 N 14th St), Room 204
Meeting dates: June 25, July 9, July 23
Meeting Time: 11 am - 12 pm

How is Drinking Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Done in Superior?
Find out as SWL&P and Superior Environmental Services Presents these two important water-related services in Superior. The practices are important for human health and environmental health.
Tuesday May 19th at 5 p.m. at the Superior Public Library

View the 2014
Annual Report.
A public meeting to submit comments will be held at the Superior Public Library on March 25 from 5:30-7:30PM.