The Wisconsin Maritime Museum will host a traveling photo display on Wisconsin water, created by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program and University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute. The exhibit will be on display throughout August at 75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc.
The photo display explores water in Wisconsin and its deep connection to the economy, the environment and residents’ health. The museum sits along Lake Michigan and the state boasts an additional 15,073 inland lakes, more than 5 million acres of wetlands and 1.2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater.
Wendy Lutzke, museum educator, welcomes the partnership with the Wisconsin Sea Grant program and Water Resources Institute in order to share an exhibit in which visitors can learn about research, education and outreach projects aimed at studying and promoting the sustainable use of Wisconsin’s water.
“We’re pleased to feature this display as it coincides with Lake Michigan Day on Aug. 12 and the opening of our expanded exhibit, Wisconsin’s Underwater Treasures. Featuring the photo display and our new exhibit at the same time helps visitors understand the connection between our state’s water heritage and the responsibility we have for taking care of our water for generations to come,” Lutzke said.
James Hurley, director of Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Water Resources Institute, is excited for Green Lake residents to explore Wisconsin’s water: “As a water researcher, I have studied the impact of mercury on Wisconsin’s northern lakes and the Great Lakes, and I am proud of the diverse projects around Wisconsin improving the health and sustainability of our water. This display is a great opportunity for residents to learn about the role of water in their lives and to think about how they can be good stewards of an important shared resource.”
In addition to the exhibit, STEM curriculum kits and educational aquatic invasive species “Attack Packs” are available for parents and educators to borrow through the library.