Northern Michigan Environmental Fair

Three Lakes Association (TLA) will hold their second annual Water Awareness Fair at the Alden Depot on Saturday, July 25th from 12-5. The main purpose of this event is to educate the public about water issues, and to raise funds for the high school Science Education Program (SEOP).

At the fair, there will be many educational displays related to northern Michigan waters. There will also be food and drink, entertainment, and a silent auction.

“This event is open to the public, and there is something for all ages,” noted Leslie Myers, Executive Director. “We plan on building on last year’s success, and taking the event to the next level.”

All TLA members are being asked to donate items for the silent auction.

Educational Displays
There will be even more educational displays this year!

Interns and members will run the displays from TLA. For example, member Fred Sittel will be available to answer questions about our fish shelter samples, which will be on display. In addition, TLA will have displays about wells, invasive species, benthic barriers and golden brown algae, in addition to a model showing how septic systems work.

Other water-related groups will be bringing in their own displays. For example, the Fish Hatchery and the DNR will bring fish exhibits, Paddle Antrim will be promoting their kayaking event, and the DEQ will talk about the importance of boat washing.

In addition, exhibitors include the Grass River Natural Area, the Antrim County Fair, the Loon Network, Bellaire Conservation Club, the Coast Guard, and many more.

The silent auction will be the main fundraising aspect of this event. All TLA members are asked to donate one quality item for the silent auction. Examples would be a gift certificate from a favorite restaurant or store, or a handmade item.

Some of the board members are getting very creative with their ideas to raise money for the silent auction. For example, Leslie Meyers is offering an afternoon boat ride/fishing tour on Lake Bellaire, and Tina Fields will take bids on her computer training services.

Please email Lois MaClean at and let her know what you would like to donate to the silent auction!

Email Chairperson Donna Gundle-Krieg at with any questions about the Water Awareness Fair.

Note: Are you interested in moving to northern Michigan, or buying a vacation home? There are great deals on homes, and now is the time to buy! Please call Donna Gundle-Krieg at 231-350-8507 or email for more information.

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