2017-06-22 / News

‘All Hands on Deck’ Shares Message About Great Lakes Protection

Monday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., citizens at DeTour, Curtis, Drummond Island, Mackinaw City, and Sault Ste. Marie will join others throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, New York, and Canada to join hands around the shorelines of the Great Lakes. Boats will raise flags to bring awareness to the need to protect and preserve the waters. The event is a joint effort coordinated by All Hands on Deck, an organization launched in March by Kimberly Simon of Charlevoix, to raise awareness about the need to preserve and protect the waters of the Great Lakes. At many locations, people will be handing out literature, singing, praying, and taking photographs and videos to unite communities around the Great Lakes and to build nonpartisan support for the protection and preservation of the waters at the local, state, and federal levels. Organizers also want to provide a platform for communities to educate themselves about water issues and increase awareness about local threats and concerns related to water.

“The Great Lakes are precious resources that are essential for our environment, our economies, and our way of life,” said Ms. Simon.

Several locations throughout the Straits area and the Eastern Upper Peninsula will participate. In De- Tour, people will gather at the Big Dunes Beach on M-134 near M-48 in DeTour Village. Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians drummer Terry LaTour will be featured. People will join hands across the shoreline and some will be in kayaks and canoes. Participants will also have the opportunity to make and sign their handprints on a banner to show their support for the initiative. Amy Church, co-captain of the DeTour event, said they want to show legislators that keeping the waters clean is important. They plan to invite area representatives to join them.

People will be participating in Curtis, where people will meet at the Erickson Center for the Arts, N9224 Saw-Wa-Quato Road.

Drummond Island will hold their event at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven, 33185 South Water Street.

In Mackinaw City, people will meet at two locations. Participants can meet at the Michigan State Park east of the Mackinac Bridge, or at McGulpin Point, just west of the bridge. McGulpin Point is directly between the two pipes of Enbridge’s Line 5. This program is hosted by Water Warriors. Participants will sing and pray for the waters.

Sault Ste. Marie is also hosting an event at the Rotary Park on Riverside Drive.

Organizers encourage participants to bring a blue marble, and share a marble with those who don’t have one. Ms. Simon says the marble is a representation of each person owning a piece of the water and thereby having the responsibility to protect it.

“We need to care for the waters and pass on the stewardship responsibilities to others,” she said. “We should also pass on the stories of how much the water means to us, our families, economy, and culture.

Each event begins at 10 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m. The events are free and open to everyone. For more information on the events, event sites, and who to contact with questions, visit www.allhandsondeckgreatlakes.com.

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