Soo Locks Engineers Day is hosted annually by the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, along with the Sault Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and US Army Corps of Engineers.
An “Engineers Day 2021: Re-Engineered” took place on Friday, June 25. Exhibitors were outside under tents, braving a raining day. It was wonderful to be back and see community members who share a love and interest of the Great Lakes enjoy the sights, sounds, beauty and information-sharing that takes place at this event.
More than 30 exhibitors participated in Engineers Day, which focuses on the history and importance of the Soo Locks, water safety, and supports downtown city merchants and vendors.
The International Joint Commission’s Lake Superior Board of Control hosted an exhibit that featured information about the IJC and Great Lakes water levels.
This year, the exhibit included a working watershed model that provided visitors with a hands-on way to examine how water flows through a watershed. About 100 people visited the board’s exhibit, where they could pose questions to members of the board and the IJC’s Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee to better understand what influences Great Lakes water levels.
It was a great day and board and committee members look forward to participating again next year.
Lynn Greer is the public involvement specialist for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division. Greer is responsible for communications and public engagement to support the International Joint Commission, respective boards and committees, and to lead collaborative efforts among US and Canadian partners, Indigenous nations and the public.