Gov. Wolf, House, Senate Declare July As Lakes Appreciation Month In Pennsylvania
On July 9, the PA Lake Management Society announced July has been officially proclaimed Lakes Appreciation Month in Pennsylvania by Gov. Tom Wolf, the House and Senate.
Click Here for the Governor’s Proclamation. The House passed House Resolution 366 sponsored by Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Mercer) and the Senate passed Senate Resolution 177 sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne)
These declarations acknowledge the importance of our lakes and that Pennsylvania’s landscape is home to more than 5000 lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.
These lakes and ponds are critical resources to Pennsylvania’s environment and quality of life, providing sources of recreation, scenic beauty and habitat for wildlife.
Lakes are valuable economic resources for Pennsylvania businesses, tourism and municipal governments, with uses ranging from flood control and other agricultural purposes to water supply. Maintaining the health of our lakes is the responsibility of every citizen.
Pennsylvania recognizes the need to protect these lakes and ponds for future generations.
Each year the nonprofit organization Pennsylvania Lake Management Society brings attention to Lakes Appreciation Month to encourage lake stewardship and education among the public during the peak lake season.
Some of the activities the organization suggests for the month are as simple as visiting your local lake to watch wildlife or eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers on your lawn.
Other ideas include organizing a lake cleanup or participating in the Secchi Dip-In. The Secchi Dip-In is an international citizen science effort that also occurs in July as part of Lakes Appreciation month throughout North America.
No matter the activity, recognizing the value of Pennsylvania’s lakes is the purpose of this month.
For more information on lakes and lake management, visit the PA Lake Management Society website.
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[Posted: July 9, 2019]
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