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By Cameron Davis

Spring time commemorates a number of environmental awareness days.

Held on March 22 every year, World Water Day is a product of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development that was held in Rio de Janeiro.

Then comes Earth Day every April 22, an idea sprung from the mind of the late U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson (hailing from one of our Great Lakes states!). The first Earth Day was in 1970, the same year that Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” surged in the music charts.

This month brings National Drinking Water Week, May 6-12, originated by the American Water Works Association some 30 years ago.

These global and national commemoratives are great reminders about why we need to care about H20. But we don’t really have a Great Lakes commemorative day.

So let’s make one up later this month. We have several opportunities. First, we have webinars and public meetings coming up for input on the next Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan.  For details about webinars and public meetings in Buffalo on May 28, Milwaukee on May 30, and Cleveland on June 5.

Second, we could target every Friday before Memorial Day; this year, on May 24. That’s when the official summer beach season opens at hundreds of these special, sandy places. What better way to celebrate the Lakes that we love than by providing your thoughts at one of these forums and toasting to the Lakes on the beach with drinking water from the Great Lakes? After all, we are what we drink.

What do you think about a Great Lakes Day?

About the author: Cameron Davis is Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. He provides counsel on Great Lakes matters, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.