“What is a lift station?”
This might not be a confession I should make, but of the four educational stops during the We Pedal Clean Water conservation bike ride, I had no idea what one of the topics was.
I learned that a wastewater lift station does just what it says, it moves wastewater from lower to higher elevation to keep it flowing until it reaches a sewage treatment plant. There are more than 70 lift stations through the district, and most us of probably have no idea the importance of these devices.
The first stop of the We Pedal Clean Water ride Saturday, Aug. 13, with be at a lift station on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake, and then the approximately 13-mile ride around the lake will include other educational stops:
-Buffalo Run: Shallow lake restoration projects at Marble and Hottes lakes.
-Mini-Wakan State Park: Snack and restroom break.
-Anglers Bay: Shoreline tree removal project.
-East Big Spirit Lake: Water sampling station and prairie buffer strip.
Registration for the ride will be 8-9 a.m. at Ainsworth-Orleans Beach on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake, and the ride will take place 8 a.m.-noon.
The third annual We Pedal Clean Water ride is a part of Clean Water Week activities that begin with the Prairie Lakes Conference Aug. 11-12 at the Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center and end with the Blue Water Festival in Arnolds Park following the bike ride Aug. 13.
Pre-register for the ride here and the first 50 people will get a BPA-free souvenir sport bottle with the $10 registration fee. Registration is also available the morning of the ride.
For more information on the We Pedal Clean Water ride or other conservation board programs, visit the Dickinson County Nature Center website or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.