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Premo to speak at IC Lakes and Streams Partnership event

The Iron County Lakes and Streams Partnership offered a pontoon boat tour of Ice Lake led by experts from Many Waters on Aug. 12. Many Waters is a local environmental consulting firm which specializes in invasive species control. The group observed the current situation with Eurasian watermilfoil in Ice Lake and learned how invasive species are being prevented or controlled on other local lakes.  (submitted photos)

IRON RIVER— The public is invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Bette Premo of White Water Associates that describes the connection between land use and the quality of the water in local lakes and streams and in area drinking water.
The presentation and question-and-answer period is sponsored by the Iron County Lakes and Streams Partnership and will be held Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Crystal Falls Township Hall, which is at the intersection of U.S. 2 and U.S. 141 on the west edge of Crystal Falls. Refreshments will be served.
Septic systems, run-off from storms, lawn fertilizers, municipal operations, shoreline habitat and other factors can impact the water quality that can be taken for granted in area lakes and streams and in household use. Other factors, such as invasive species, can change the lakes and streams from their current state for not only recreation but often for someone’s drinking water.
White Water Associates, based in Amasa, has a world class full-scale laboratory for water quality testing and also performs environmental services for markets across the country. Their clients include industry, local, state, federal and tribal government, professional service firms, non-government organizations, and individuals.
These clients rely on White Water Associates for dependable and practical answers.
The evening’s presentation will provide the general public a unique opportunity to learn from White Water’s practical experience and extensive expertise. The presentation will provide local examples of “best management practices” that individuals, companies and municipalities can utilize to assure the long-term quality of the water we depend on.
“Whether you are a fisherman, a hunting camp owner with a water well, a user of municipal water, an owner of a septic system or one of the many users of our local lakes and streams, you can make a difference in the current and long-term quality of the water we all use and enjoy,” said Mike Golas of Iron County Lakes and Streams Partnership.
“Come and hear from the experts how you can help.”
The Iron County Lakes and Streams Partnership, with nearly 300 memberships, is a group of local volunteers incorporated in 2014 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, charitable organization which, among other things, brings local participation through some 20 local lakes in Michigan’s Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program which is a decades old state-wide program which teaches non-technical people how they can help monitor water quality in their favorite local lake. Follow the Partnership on Facebook.