BY PRESIDENT STAUBER:
WHEREAS, Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake and is essential to the quality of life and economic vitality of the cities, villages, townships, and counties along its shores in the surrounding watershed; and
WHEREAS, water is life and the quality of water determines the quality of life; and
WHEREAS, Lake Superior supports recreational, commercial, tourism, tribal and cultural activities for its residents and visitors; and
WHEREAS, the responsibility for protecting and restoring the quality of Lake Superior's waters, land and wildlife lies with all residents, municipalities, businesses, tribes and visitors; and
WHEREAS, mayors and other municipal and tribal officials throughout the Lake Superior basin desire to protect the water and habitat quality on which all life in the basin depends; and
WHEREAS, the cities of Superior, Thunder Bay, Two Harbors and other communities in the Lake Superior area have accepted this proclamation to celebrate Lake Superior Day; and
WHEREAS, the city of Duluth environmental advisory council has unanimously voted to support the proclamation of Lake Superior Day, which originated from the Lake Superior Bi-National Forum; and
WHEREAS, the Duluth City Council wishes to express its support for the proclamation of Lake Superior Day.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the third Sunday in July (July 18, 2004) and annually thereafter be established as Lake Superior Day in the city of Duluth as a day to acknowledge and celebrate Lake Superior's importance in the quality of the lives of its residents.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to permanently establish the third Sunday of July (July 18, 2004) and annually thereafter as Lake Superior Day in the city of Duluth, Minnesota.