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Mudgy and Millie Want to See Only Rain Down the Drain

Mudgy and Millie, the loveable moose and mouse combo who started their journey right here in Coeur d’Alene, have a new message that will be revealed June 15 during Live After 5. They have recently teamed up with Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the University of Idaho, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Coeur d’Alene, Avista and the Arts Commission. The dynamic duo will be featured on a new sign located near the Third Street Boat Launch.

Two 4-foot x 8-foot educational signs were created with the goal of protecting the beautiful lakes and rivers of the Inland Northwest. One sign aims to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species that negatively affect boating, swimming and fishing on the lake; the other sign aims to ensure that the stormwater runoff does not add pollutants to the lakes and rivers. The signs were designed to educate and inspire the community.

So you may ask, “How did Mudgy and Millie get involved?” Mudgy and Millie are huge advocates for Coeur d’Alene and Our Gem, Coeur d’Alene Lake. Their passion for our area made them a perfect partner in getting out this message and they joined the team to help create a new message helping to educate the community about stormwater pollution. As you may know, most of the storm drains south of I-90 drain to Coeur d’Alene Lake or the Spokane River without a filter. Mudgy and Millie want you to know how you can protect Coeur d’Alene Lake by allowing “only rain down the drain”. They hope that their message will help reduce stormwater pollution in our Lake.

The big reveal of these dual action educational signs will be at the first Live After 5 on June 15. During the intermission at 6:15 p.m., there will be a short presentation about the signs by topic experts. Sharon Bosley from the U of I Community Water Resource Center will present the stormwater sign and be accompanied by none other than Mudgy himself. Mudgy will be in attendance to rally support for the stormwater sign reveal. Jeremey Varley, the Section Manager of Noxious Weeds for Idaho State Department Agriculture will present the aquatic invasive species sign. Special guest, Sergeant Pamela Taylor will bring along her dog Puddles the mussel sniffing dog. She will describe some of the amazing accomplishments of Puddles and how she intercepted boats containing quagga mussels from entering waterways of the Inland Northwest. Together, the unveiling of these signs represents a collaboration of regional stakeholders committed to protecting Coeur d’Alene Lake and its associated rivers. Between 4:30-7 p.m. there will be outreach booths where attendees can learn about how they can protect Our Gem. You can meet Puddles, as well as play with a watershed model, check out a boat scavenger hunt for artificial mussels and weeds, and a witness an underwater drone in action. Come join the fun from 4:30-7 p.m. June 15 at McEuen Park.

Mudgy and Millie need your help to keep our lake clean: In the first panel, Mudgy the Moose and Millie the Mouse are next to a storm drain. Mudgy asks: "Millie, do you know where the rain goes?" Millie says, "Yes, Mudgy, it goes down a storm drain like this one." In the second panel, Mudgy and Millie are by the lake. Mudgy the Moose asks: "Where does the storm drain take the water?" Millie says, "It goes right into the lake along with everything the rain washes from our sidewalks, streets and parking lots." In the third panel, Mudgy asks: "That doesn't sound good! How can we keep the lake clean?" Millie says, "We need to keep the storm drains clean. That means use trash cans, pick up pet waste, and don't dump anything into gutters that go to the drains." In the fourth and final panel, Mudgy and Millie are by a trashcan. Mudgy says, "Hmm, that means, 'Only rain down the drain!'" Millie says, "Yes! If we all work together, we can keep Coeur d'Alene Lake clean!"

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