Summer 2006
Vol. 14 No. 2
"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them." - John Ruskin

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Nature Area Update

The Turtle

GINLC Involves Local Citizens in Water Monitoring

Happy Gardening

New Members Join the GINLC Board

Fundraiser Consultant Helps Steer Efforts

14th Annual Meeting Saturday, November 4 10AM

Did You Know?

Upcoming Events...

November 4
Annual Meeting
10:00AM - Noon
Centennial Farm

Nature Area Open
Saturday 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 6PM - 8PM
through end of August then
Thursday 5PM - 7PM

Closed during inclement weather
Last Day Open - October 28

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GINLC Involves Local Citizens in Water Monitoring
by Liz Hugel

Thanks to the generous grant from the Grosse Ile Educational Foundation (GIEF) for supplies, visitors to the Fall Harvest Day Celebration at Centennial Farm in 2005 had the opportunity to participate with the Conservancy in activities related to World Water Monitoring Day. Local children were especially enthralled to examine some of the aquatic insects, which indicate the level of water quality. They gained some first-hand experience with water quality monitoring assessments designed to be a basic health screen for our local watershed.

GINLC joined thousands of other volunteers across the globe to sample water quality as part of a global effort. Thousands of sites in 50 countries participated. Volunteers believe that local citizens can have more of an impact on their watershed because of their direct connection to it. GIEF provided a grant to purchase equipment like the insect magnifiers and chemical test kits for use at public events like these. In the spring, GIEF also sponsored an Earth Day program at their Nature Area.