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Apr 24-26

2014 WI Lakes Partnership Convention

Steven's Point, Holiday Inn Convention Center

Learn more about lake ecology, aquatic invasive species prevention and control, lake levels, phosphorus and more. It’s also a great time to network with fellow lake lovers and professionals and share what works and new ideas. Finally – it’s a great bargain, with a la carte pricing enabling you to attend as much or as little of the convention as you want.

Register now and save!

Apr 26 10-1

2013 SaleHartley Park Spring Vernal Pool and Frog Monitoring Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 10:00-1:00 - Hartley Nature Center

Join us April 26 for a great day of information and hands-on activities related to frog monitoring and identification of the unique habitat that they utilize for raising the next generation.

We will have opportunities for all ages and abilities to collect data on frog and vernal pool status in Hartley Park along with the opportunity to locate additional vernal pools in NE MN.

Register or get more information:

Ryan Hueffmeier
email: rhueffme@d.umn.edu
phone: 218-720-4379
Jennifer Olker
Email: jolker@d.umn.edu
Phone: 218-720-4344

Click on the Leopard Frog to download a flier for this event.

Apr 29

Planning and Zoning for Water Resources Protection: Shorelands, Floodplains, and Clean Water

Tues. April 29th at the Duluth Public Safety Building 2030 N. Arlington Ave 55811


A Workshop for Local Governments and DNR Water Resources Staff

For more information, contact Carol Schoeneck at 222.7409 x 205,

email: cschoeneck@mngts.org, or download the flier.

Apr 29, 6 PM

Green Your Yard

Superior Public Library

On Tuesday, April 29 in the Superior Public Library meeting room will be a program on Greening Your Yard.   Healthy looking lawns and interesting vegetation are all part of beautifying your home and part of slowing down stormwater runoff.  Starting at 6 p.m. the program will include guest speakers on having healthy Organic Lawns, Improving Soil, Cleaning Your Yard.   You’ll also learn where to purchase rain barrels and composters.

The program is free and brought to you by the City of Superior Environmental Services.  For more information, call 715/394-0392 or email grethenw@ci.superior.wi.us.

Apr 30

Culvert Sizing, Orientation, and Installation Workshop
An Opportunity to Learn About the Latest Practices, Permits, and Updates

8:00-4:15 April 30th

Duluth Township Town Hall, 6092 Homestead Road Duluth, MN 55804

Download a flier.

RSVP via email, call, or snail-mail Karen: karen.tucker@co.lake.mn.us, (218) 834-8370
Lake SWCD District Clerk
616 3rd Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616

May 17

2013 SaleRain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Rain or Shine!
9 am - 1 pm
Lake Superior College
Lower Parking Lot
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team are sponsoring a rain barrel and compost bin sale.

Rain barrels will be available for $55/unit.
Compost bins will be sold for $45.

March-May 2014

Public comment period open on EPA's new draft rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act

In the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a draft rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave more than half of America’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

The EPA’s proposed rule would reinstate Clean Water Act protections to 20 million acres of wetlands and more than half of U.S. streams, restoring protections to the drinking water for 117 million Americans.  

Learn more here.

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The 2014 Paddling Season is here!

State Water Trails are recreational routes managed for canoeing, kayaking, boating and camping.  The Minnesota DNR provides free maps, camping, river level reporting and trip planning resources – all of which can be found on the State Water Trails website


Lake Superior Angler Magazine

Lake Superior North Shore Brook Trout - How will they respond to climate change?

Learn more about impact of climate change on one of the North Shore of Lake Superior's native species, Brook Trout, in this article by UMD-NRRI's Lucinda Johnson.


2014 Clean Water Fund grant for Miller Hill Mall stormwater plan

The South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation Distric is pleased to announce that in February 2014 they received a $186,000 Legacy grant to develop a comprehensive plan for managing and treating stormwater runoff at the Miller Hill Mall. The grant funds an exciting partnership between the Conservation District, the Mall (operated by Simon Property Group), and Barr Engineering.

In addition to benefiting the watershed, Conservation District staff hope the high visibility of forthcoming Miller Hill Mall stormwater projects will also provide a great educational opportunity.

Learn more on the SSL-SWCD website here and
View Northland News Center's television news story on the planning grant!


DNR Stream Flow Maps available for 2014

The DNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources has prepared the first installment of their weekly Stream Flow Report for 2014. Download data tables or maps.

The 4/7/2014 map is now available here (pdf).


Warmer temperatures are coming!

Protect Minnesota’s waters by making sure your site is ready for the spring melt!

Before snow melt or rainfall, take extra care to ensure all erosion and sediment controls are in place and functioning properly.

 Be sure to inspect and maintain before and during spring melt: Silt fences, Biorolls, Mulch, Erosion blankets, Sediment basins, Inlet protection, All other erosion and sediment control BMPs

Check for Sediment Deposits in: Surface waters, Drainage ditches, Site exits, Curb and gutters, Catch basins , Sediment basins, Infiltration areas

Required inspections (by a trained individual) and maintenance schedule must begin within 24 hours after runoff occurs at the site or 24 hours prior to resuming construction, whichever comes first. Resume inspections meeting permit requirements when site conditions are appropriate.

Find more information at: www.pca.state.mn.us/CSW or on LakeSuperiorStreams

Minnesota Stormwater Hotline 651-757-2119 or 800-657-3804


How is you lake or stream doing?

The MPCA recently launched a new search tool for information on Minnesota lakes and streams. You can now search by lake, stream or city name, or by using an interactive state map. Find out about MPCA actions in the watershed, overall conditions, and fish consumption advisory information. Learn more about the tool!


Stream Science Symposium Posters Available Online

MN Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium posters are now available online as pdfs, hosted by the Laurentian Resource Conservation &  Development


Real-Time Data in Duluth Streams

In-stream gauges in Amity, Tisher, Chester, and Kingsbury are currently off-line but will be back in action when the weather warms.

Access real-time and historic data here.


EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update to National Stormwater Calculator

EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

The updated calculator includes future climate vulnerability scenarios such as changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on validated climate change scenarios by the IPCC.
Learn more and download the program here.


Large Lakes Observatory reports high levels of ice on Lake Superior

The Great Lakes are seeing more ice coverage earlier than normal this year, due to a very chilly December and the recent southward excursion of the polar vortex.

Jay Austin, associate professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory and Department of Physics, said, "The ice coverage is up, way up. So far this winter, they are far higher than what we have observed at this time of year in over a decade.”

Learn more here.


The Lake Superior Binational Program’s Work Group releases final report on climate change

The Report provides a structure to track and share climate science related to Lake Superior, and contributes to our shared commitment to assemble, assess and report on existing scientific information concerning Lake Superior. 

The final report on Lake Superior Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation synthesizes available science and identifies adaptation strategies and actions for Lake Superior ecosystems. This information will inform future binational lakewide strategies under the Lakewide Action and Management Plan.


How does Duluth's drinking water system work?

The city of Duluth developed a slide show illustrating how the city's drinking water infrastructure works, including how it's maintained, and what future needs may be. View the slide show or learn more about drinking water here.


Trout Unlimited plans more stream restorations in 2014

In early January, UMD played host to a symposium about cold water habitats. The commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports we do have some aquatic success stories to talk about.
One is the clean up of Stryker Bay on the Saint Louis River.

Watch a news segment highlighting the effort.



Stormwater Managment in Cold Climates

A new online course offered by UMD


Explore the natural systems in cold climates and discover how stormwater affects water quality and habitats. Develop an understanding of the reasons stormwater causes damage to the ecosystems. Begin to identify strategies to minimize effects on downstream ecosystems.

This course has been approved by the GBCI for 4 CE hours toward LEED Credential Maintenance.


New MnDNR Mobile Site

DNR's new mobile website is a boon to outdoor recreationalists

A new, one-of-a-kind website that employs extensive mapping resources to help users locate hunting lands, state parks and forests and a wide range of other recreational areas is now available on mobile devices such as phones and tablets, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.

The mobile "Recreation Compass" is available at www.mndnr.gov/mobile/compass.


Legacy Fund to boost effort to restore 150 years of degradation in the St. Louis River Estuary

When the St. Louis River estuary was federally designated in 1987 as Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) by the Environmental Protection Agency, local citizens and resource agencies knew the task of restoring the estuary would be herculean. What they didn’t know was that 21 years later, Minnesota voters would give the project a boost by approving the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

View a video about the piling removal at Radio Tower Bay, part of the St. Louis River estuary, and one of the funded projects: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYFBcYQpiuw.

For more information about the DNR’s Legacy Amendment funded projects in Minnesota, visit www.mndnr.gov/legacy.


DNR issues ice warning for aerated lakes

Use this link to find which lakes are aerated near you.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems.

Two types of signs are used to post aerated lakes: “Thin Ice” and "Warning” signs.

Ice safety tips for all lakes

The DNR recommends anyone heading out on the ice should check with a local bait shop or resort – ask about ice conditions – and measure the ice.

The DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are:

  • 4 inches for walking.
  • 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV.
  • 8-12 inches for a car.
  • 12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.

When the temperature rises above freezing for six of the last 24 hours, double the recommended minimum thickness. And remember, if it stays above freezing for 24 hours or more, stay off the ice – it is not safe.


New Public Service Announcements from the Sweetwater Alliance

Cleaning up after your pet is the right thing to do, for your community and to protect our streams and lakes. Click on images to watch the PSAs.

These public service announcements were prepared though a collaboration between Sweetwater Alliance and Animal Allies’ Youth Allies program under Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program’s award from NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Mgmt., the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and additional support from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Kim & Dede Chart, and Dave & Lisa Goldberg.


Manoomin Project

Investigating the past, present, and future of wild rice lakes on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Reservation

This five-year project (2009-2014), funded by the National Science Foundation Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) Program, uses core samples from the bottoms of six lakes on the Fond du Lac Reservation to reconstruct the historical distribution and abundance of wild rice (manoomin, Zizania palustris) in six lakes on the Fond du Lac Reservation, and will connect this record with sedimentary indicators of lake level, nutrient conditions, and substrate composition, as well as with oral history and land use records. Tribal college, high school, and junior high students and their teachers conduct field work and laboratory research with guidance from University of Minnesota scientists, Fond du Lac Resource Management staff, and others.

For more information on this project can be found here.


Citizen Science Monitoring

Find a group near you and help monitor the health of Lake Superior and its tributaries.

The Lake Superior Binational Forum supports Citizen Science Monitoring programs offered around the basin. They’ve compiled this sample of organizations that offer opportunities for volunteers to monitor resources in the states of Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.


Five years later, Legacy Amendment positions MN as leader in clean water initiatives

Five years ago, Minnesota voters passed a constitutional amendment that increased the state’s sales tax by three-eighths of one percent to fund projects related to clean water, natural resources, and arts and culture.

1/3 of the funds generated through this amendment are dedicated to clean water in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. This stable source of funding, set in the state’s constitution for twenty-five years, has enabled policymakers to tackle ambitious projects that are expected to profoundly improve water quality in the state.

Learn more about the more than 300 individual amendment-funded projects sponsored by the MPCA across the state.


SwingingBridgeSwinging bridge reopens at Jay Cooke State Park

The swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park reopened to the public Friday, Nov. 1. The reconstructed bridge includes accessibility improvements and design features that recreate some of the work performed by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers in 1934.

Jay Cooke State Park is open year-round for camping and recreation, and offers a full complement of naturalist activities. 

For more information, visit www.mndnr.gov/jaycooke or contact DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 651-296-6157 (888-646-6367 toll free) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


flood_radarNew 2012 Solstice Flood Page on www.lakesuperiorstreams.org

LakeSuperiorStreams.org has developed a new flood page with links to agencies, municipalities, and organizations associated with the 2012 Solstice Flood and its aftermath.

See aerial video of the Fond du Lac neighborhood, photo tours of Duluth streams after the flood, or read reports from the MN DNR, National Weather Service and other agencies and local researchers.


ZebraMussels Animation of the Zebra (Quagga)Mussle Invasion of the United States

Why is protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species a national concern? Watch the spread since 1986 when zebras were first detected. Watch what happens in 2007—humans were definitely the vector!

It’s not just for the benefit of the Great Lakes, but also to protect all the freshwater resources in North America. The Great Lakes can be an invasion pathway for the  31 US states and 2 Canadian provinces in the Mississippi River basin and beyond.



Revitalizing Local Waterfront Communities: The Great Lakes Legacy Act


This short video describes the GLLA work being done around the Great Lakes and the benefits of restoring aquatic systems.


The GLLA is part of the larger efforts to delist the St Louis River as an Area of Concern (AOC) and is one of the main drivers to restore aquatic environments in the Great Lakes. Some of our local partners include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the St Louis River Alliance, U.S. Steel, the Fond du Lac Band, Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grants, and the EPA Great Lakes National Program Office.


GLLiteracyCoverCurriculum Tools for Educators

Enhance the classroom experience by connecting to the freshwater resources in your backyard!

Michigan Sea Grant, Ohio Sea Grant, and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LSNERR) have each developed cirriculum tools for educators.

Lessons plans, games, and data sets are avaiable free of charge. Resources are easily searched by resource type (i.e., data sets or lesson) general concepts (i.e., earth science), or specific topic (i.e., climate change).

More teacher resources can be found at www.lakesuperiorstreams/citizen

LSNERR_logo MiSeaGrant


Duluth Public Drinking Water Report

The 2012 drinking water report released

Duluth drinking water reports from 2002-2012 are availabe for download as a pdf on the LakeSuperiorStreams website.

If you have questions, or if you want to find opportunities for public comment on drinking water policies in Duluth, contact Duluth Public Works and Utilities chemist, Loren Janson, at 218-730-4160


St. Louis River-Area of Concern

The MPCA has released the new Blueprint for restoring the SLR-AOC

Already it's been 26 years since the St. Louis RIverwas designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern by the U.S.-Canada International Joint COmmission. Much work has been done at great cost, and now we have a blueprint for carrying out the remaining restoration activites.

MPCA's SLR-AOC Blueprint for Restoration


A Song of Our Warming Planet

When faced with the challenge of sharing the latest climate change discoveries, scientists often rely on data graphics and technical illustrations. University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford came up with a completely different approach. He’s using his cello to communicate the latest climate science through music.


Past Events:

Apr 17

Calling All Artists!

The City of Superior is looking for artists who will put their skills to use for Lake Superior

Design and submit an artistic image to be painted on the sidewalk above a sotrm drain, and, if selected, paint a a Superior storm drain. You must live, work or attend school in Superior, and be over 18 years old. Individuals or groups are welcome to submit a draft entry. Deadline is April 17, and 6 finalists will be announced on April 22nd.

Entry forms and more information can be found here.

Apr 16

Workshops on the Minnesota Stormwater Manual and Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS)

Come and learn about the new technical information and the power of the wiki and provide input into the future direction of the Manual.  MPCA staff will also present information on the MIDS project, including material on the performance goals, flexible treatment options, calculator and ordinances. 

The workshops will be held at the following locations:

April 168:30-12:30 at the MPCA Office in Duluth

April 248:30-12:30 at the MPCA Office in Brainerd

May 112:30-4:30 at Sibley Park in Mankato

May 712:30-4:30 at the MPCA Office in St. Paul

Please RSVP by April 4 to Anne Gelbmann at anne.gelbmann@state.mn.us. Include your name, organization and the location that you would prefer

Apr 15

Hartley Nature Center Mini-Master Plan

The City of Duluth is looking for your input during the final stages of the park planning. Join us at Concordia Lutheran Church, 2501 Woodland Avenue.

If you are unable to attend this meeting or feel more comfortable submitting written comments, please fill out the comment form by April 30.

More information can be found here.

Mar 11- Apr 10


Public Comment Period for Duluth Township's SWPPP

Read and comment on Duluth Township's 2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

For more information on MS4s and SWPPP please see the PCA's website.

Check the Lake Superior Streams Communities-Duluth Township page for more information.

Apr 10




UMD, Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda
Cost: Free!

Mike Clark is the recently retired Executive Director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Clark has 45 years of working with rural communities throughout the U.S. and has been involved with numerous non-profits. His talk will focus on the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s efforts to halt mining adjacent to Yellowstone, their organizational efforts, the challenges of protecting public lands, and how public lands provide the economic engine for many rural areas adjacent to protected public lands and wilderness areas.

Download flier here.

Apr 8



St. Louis River Allicance presents

19th Annual Environmental Stewardship Awards

Please join us in honoring the following: 

Fond du Lac Resource Management Division

Richard Gitar

Will and Sally Munger

Julie O’Leary

Larry Weber


The event will be held at the Grand Ave Chalet at Spirit Mountain beginning at 6:30 pm.  The FREE awards ceremony is open to the public.

RSVP by April 4 by Clicking Here or calling 218-733-9520

Apr 3

Summer Turfgrass Maintenance Workshop

Yellowjacket Union Room 204, UWS

Attend this FREE workshop and learn best management practices for lawn/turf care maintenance. The workshop will save you money, protect our water, and allow you an opportunity to take a test for Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Level 1 Certification for summer turf care best management practices. Attendees will also receive a FREE Turfgrass Maintenance Manual. Space is limited, so register today!

Register by emailing Carrie Sanda at csanda@uwsuper.edu or call (715) 394-8525
by March 28th.

Apr 2

Ditch Maintenance Workshop

Natural Resources Research Institute, Rm 435
5013 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth, MN

Maintaining gravel road ditches is an ongoing and expensive task for counties, townships, and others.  When done improperly, the results can not only lead to damaged infrastructure and extensive additional costs, but significant impacts to the streams, wetlands, and lakes these ditches drain into. 

This workshop will feature the new Field Guide for Gravel Roadside Ditch Maintenance in Northeastern Minnesota, developed in partnership with city, county, and state agencies. This FREE guide will be released this Spring, with your comments and recommendations, for use with road crews, contractors, and others performing road ditch maintenance work.

Register by phone 726-8106 or e-mail seagr@d.umn.edu with attendee names; mention "ditch workshop" in message.

Mar 28

"Mysteries of Lake Superior, from Top to Bottom"

Friday, March 28th 8:30 AM-5 PM

A separate arts reception starts at 5:30 p.m.

Barkers Island Inn, 300 Marina Drive, Superior, Wisconsin

The Lake Superior Binational Forum offers presentations by regional experts, artists, adventurers, business owners, scientists, Native Americans, and others who are exploring some of the mysterious or unknown aspects of the Lake Superior basin that many people might not know about.


The full agenda is available here.  The agenda and/or speakers may change as needed. 

Mar 26


"Lost Industries on the St. Louis River"

Tony Dierkins, co-author of Lost Duluth will speak at Clyde Iron at 7:00 pm

2920 W. Michigan St. Duluth, MN

For more information and updates on these events, visit www.stlouisriver.org or email

slrcac@stlouisriver.org or call 218-733-9520.

Mar 25


River Talk Series: Wild Rice Management, Research, and Restoration

Tues. Mar. 25th at 7 PM

Clyde Ironworks, 2920 W. Michigan St. Duluth, MN

Thomas Howes will present: Gaa Miininangwaa Ganawenjigwein (Taking Care of the Gifts given to us)- Wild Rice Management, Research, and Restoration in the Great Lakes by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. 

Check the Lake Superior NERR website for details about other upcoming talks.

Mar 24


Advocates for the Knife River Watershed

Mon. Mar 24th at 6:30 PM

Duluth Town Hall, 6092 Homestead Rd

Karl Koller, DNR Cleanwater Legacy Specialist and Hydrologist will speak about the importance of addressing stream restoration and management using an approach which considers all the components of a stream system including biology, connectivity, water quality, hydrology and geomorphology and how issues like riparian trees composition, beaver, bank erosion and forest harvest interact with each of these components.

Everyone is welcome!

Now - Mar 13

Make your voice heard on PolyMet's NorthMet copper-nickel mining project

90 day public comment period is now open

Be a part of the environmental review process for PolyMet Mining's copper-nickel mining project and proposed land exchange. State and federal agencies are seeking public review and input on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) now!

Review and comment on the SDEIS until mid-March through the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/polymet

Feb 4-Mar 6

UMDPublic comments wanted for UMD's SWPPP

Read and comment on UMD's 2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

For more information on MS4s and SWPPP please see the PCA's website.

Find out more about UMD's stormwater protection efforts here
Find out more about stormwater issues and regulation in STORMWATER 
Explore the water resources on the UMD campus in one of the water resource programs.

Mar 10

2-3 PM

Scenario Planning and Fiscal Impact Modeling Webinar

This webinar from EPA’s Smart Growth Program explores the development and use of scenario planning and fiscal impact modeling, investigating their use of analytical tools to explain fiscal costs.

No pre-registration is required.

Click on https://epa.connectsolutions.com/epasmartgrowth. Log in as a guest.

Jan 7-8

MN Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium

Jan 7-8, 2014 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Kirby Ballroom

This symposium will bring researchers and resource managers together to share current, relevant, research and help create a shared strategic vision for the future watershed health and management of Lake Superior Tributaries, and do this within the State Watershed Management Framework.

To register and for more information go to www.lrcd.org, click on "Workshops"

Jan. 27

6:30 PM

Advocates for the Knife River Watershed (AKRW) Meeting and Presentation

Developing and Applying Watershed Management Strategies : Fisheries Management on Lake Superior Tributaries

Monday Jan 27th at 6:30 PM

Duluth Town Hall 6092 Homestead Rd.

Dennis Pratt, Wisconsin Department of Resources retired senior fisheries biologist, will describe his fisheries management experiences over his thirty-seven years managing the tributaries of Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Basin. His talk will describe development of a holistic watershed approach which included an understanding of the history of watershed damage, setting realistic fishery goals, identifying fishery limitations, and then developing an active management strategy to overcome those limitations in priority order.

For more info, contact Leo at 218-834-2247 or email: julnrod@gmail.com

Dec. 10

Nutrients fuel algal blooms

Open House on strategy to reduce nutrients in waters

Tues. Dec. 10th, 11am-12:15pm,

MPCA office, Duluth

At several open houses throughout the state, Minnesotans will have a chance to review and comment on a proposed statewide strategy for reducing nutrients that pose a threat to water resources (photo at. right).

A draft strategy is open for public review and comment through Dec. 18. The statewide plan aims to get various agencies and groups working together to increase current efforts to reduce nutrients in Minnesota waters and those downstream.

Involvement of interested citizens and organizations is vital. Success depends of actions from many people around the state. For more information on the strategy development process and opportunities to provide feedback, visit the website: www.pca.state.mn.us/nutrientreduction , or email nutrientreduction.pca@state.mn.us.

Nov. 25

Public land and timber managment issues in the Knife River Watershed

Mon. Nov. 25th, 6:30 PM,

Duluth Town Hall, 6092 Homestead Rd

The Knife River Watershed is roughly 50% publicly held land and 50% privately held land. St. Louis County’s South Area Land Manager Jason Meyer and his staff will explain how his department operates and discuss the factors that matter most in planning and carrying out timber sales and harvesting on county managed lands.

Please join us.  Snacks and beverages will be served.

Questions? Call Leo Babeu, Chairperson at 834-2247 or Julie Johnson, Secretary at 525-1148.

Download a pdf flier for this event here.

Nov. 20

Public meeting for the Woodland "Mini-Master Plan" for Hartley Park

Wed. Nov. 20th, 7-8:30 PM,

Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave. Duluth

City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation division has contracted with SRF Consulting Group, Inc., to work with City staff, Nature Center staff, stakeholder group representatives, the City’s cross-country ski trail consultant and the public to develop a “Mini-Master Plan” for Hartley Park.  This plan includes the Woodland Community Recreation Area.

We want to hear your comments and feedback at this meeting.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, there will also be an opportunity to provide written feedback by visiting our website at http://www.duluthmn.gov/parks/index.cfm after November 20.

Nov. 14

New Secret Fishing Locations Revealed

Nov. 14th, 7 PM at Hartley Nature Center, Duluth MN

Join Trout Unlimed members for an evening of photos, maps, and discussion to get the lowdown on the new fishing holes the chapter has been working on. 

Nov. 16


(rescheduled due to Govt. shutdown)

Sat. Nov 16th, 12:00-2:00PM at Bohannon Hall 90 (UMD)


October 10, 17, 24


October 24

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve: 3rd Anniversary Celebration

4:00-6:30 pm at Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E 2nd St, Superior, WI

Meet and greet Reserve Manager, Erika Washburn, and the rest of the Lake Superior NERR Staff

5:00 pm: Bob Browne Recognition

Refreshments will be served

Any questions, please call (715) 392-3141.

Sept. 15-21

plastic_birdPollution Prevention Week

Pollution Prevention (P2) Week highlights the efforts of EPA, its partners, and the public in making pollution prevention a cornerstone of sustainability. It's a great time to take stock and to renew our efforts.

Take steps to prevent pollution by committing to health, planet and money saving action. 

> Check Out P2 Week Events!

Pick 5 for YOUR Environment.

What can you do this week, and any week, to reduce pollution in your home, work, or community?

Sept. 18

WWMD logo
Celebrate World Water Monitoring Day in the Classroom with Help from World Water Monitoring Challenge

Would you like help planning events around the official World Water Monitoring Day (September 18). WWMC has plenty of resources available to help—everything from lesson plans, to puzzles, to storybooks. Visit the Resources section of the WWMC website to learn more. And don't forget to order your test kits!

'Twinning' Opportunity Available for Grades 4–6
WWMC partner RiverXchange is seeking fourth- to sixth-grade classrooms (approximate ages 9 to 11) anywhere in the world willing to become high-tech pen pals with classrooms in New Mexico, USA. Students will engage with one another and learn about their local rivers by following a curriculum that integrates science, social studies, and math. Click here for more information.

Sept. 11

Municipal Water Resource Management Webinar Series-2013

Program 1: Winter Road Managment-Go Easy on the Salt

Wednesday, September 11, Noon - 1pm

Where does chloride go after we apply it on our roads? Is this something we need to be concerned about? Answers to these questions may change how you do your deicing.  Full program description and speaker biographical information below.

Speakers: Steve Corsi, Research Hydrologist, US Geological Survey and Kris Stepenuck, Water Action Volunteers Program Coordinator, WDNR/UW-Extension

Visit: http://www.waterstarwisconsin.org for more topic and speaker info

September 2013

workshop flyer


Get a team together or find a team to join

For 16 years the Great Lakes Aquarium has hosted the International Coastal Clean-up. This year you can be a part of this international event. All materials, including garbage disposal, and necessary training are provided.

Contact Emma Wiermaafor more information ewiermaa@greatlakes.org

or call: 218-740-2070

October 8


MPR Connects presents:

The Weather Road Show

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 5:30-7:00 pm

August Fitger Room, 3rd Floor of Fitger's Complex

600 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN.

Please join Paul Huttner, MPR's meteorologist, who will present updated data on how climate changes are unfolding globally and in our backyard. In addition, Steve Nelson, Program Director of Minnesota Public Radio News, will lead an engaging discussion on the future of public broadcasting.

The event is free but pre-registration is reqested: mpr.org/duluth

October 7-8

Managing Visitor Use in Coastal Areas

October 7-8, 2013

UW-Superior, Yellowjacket Union

Coastal resource managers, local decision-makers, and planners are invited to attend this FREE, two-day NOAA Coastal Services Center-led course to learn how to better understand, monitor, and manage visitor use to maintain quality resource condition and visitor experiences.

During this program, you will obtain the knowledge, skills, and tools to identify and define unacceptable visitor use impacts and to apply strategies and tactics that can be used to address them. This course will be hosted by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research and Reserve.

To receive an agenda or to register by September 25th, please email me at sohallor@super.edu  or by calling 715.392.3141.

September 6

workshop flyer

Public Meeting on Invasive Species

Friday, September 6, 2013 12:00-5:00 pm

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center, Superior, WI

The Lake Superior Binational forum is holidng an open public meeting, including time for pubic input on "identifying and controling invasive species in the Lake Superior basin." This meeting is free and open to the pubic without need to pre-register. More information on topics and speakers here.

Public comment period starting at 4:30 pm

Aug. 18-21

Low Impact Development Symposium

The 2013 International Low Impact Development Symposium www.cce.umn.edu/lids2013 is happening this August in St. Paul, MN.  This is a three-day conference focused on advancing effective stormwater management to meet increasing water quality goals. 

University of Minnesota Extension Stormwater Education Program
4100 220th Street West
Farmington, Minnesota 55024

August 14

workshop flyer

Industrial Storm Water Training

Designed for facility staff new to Industrial Stormwater Permit requirements or those wanting a refresher, the MPCA and the University of Minnesota are teaming up to offer a workshop including:

  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan requirements,
  • Stormwater sample collection techniques and how to submit results to the MPCA,
  • What to do when benchmark monitoring exceeds threshold levels. 

 The workshop is scheduled for August 14, 2013 at the Mn/DOT Facility, Shoreview, 8am-4:30pm.

For more information or to register, download the registration brochure.

7/24 - 7/25

8/7 - 8/8

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Duluth Rain Garden Workshops

Learn how to design, install, and maintain a rain garden.

Two-part workshops are great for homeowners, professionals, master gardeners, naturalist and anyone interested in growing beautiful plants and preserving our streams and Lake Superior.

Register online at:


or call Minnesota Sea Grant at 218-726-8106.

July 31

Public Comments Requested!

Mining Issues in the Lake Superior Basin

The Lake Superior Binational Forum would like to know your opinions about mining operations in the Lake Superior basin.

This input form gives the public an opportunity to express comments about mining from all persepctives. Public comments are accepted until July 31, 2013

Please click on the Public Comment Form and Questions link to be taken to the questions. Our 12 questions will take about 4 to 5 minutes to complete.


Flute Reed River

Construction is scheduled to start very soon on the big GLRI stream bank stabilization projects, pending the river flow going down. You'll see a lot of activity and big equipment around the river the next two months.

Find more details in our Flute Reed Partnership section.


Taking Action on Climate Adaptation - The Next Steps

Please join us for this follow up workshop (see A Flood of Options below) which will include a number of local experts who will present opportunities to take action toward climate change adaption. The goal will be to identify a number of climate change adaption projects and help connect community participants with project partners and community resources. 

Thursday, July 18th
6:30-8:30 pm 
Duluth Heights Community Club, 33 W Mulberry Street, Duluth

RSVP at:




A Flood of Options:
Adapting to Climate Change

Two FREE Workshops Featuring:

Mark Seeley, UM Climatologist and MPR Contributor Chris Kleist, City of Duluth's Stormwater Program Coordinator

Weds June 19th 6:00-8:30 PM at US EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division, 6201 Congdon Blvd. Duluth

Thurs. June 20th, 1:00-3:00 PM at Lincoln Park Middle School, West 3rd St. & 32nd Ave. West Duluth

For more information call 218-733-9520
or visit www.stlouisriver.org.



Registration is now open for 2 Stormwater Education Program workshops.

1. Stormwater BMP Training Class 3: Selecting Sormwater BMP Tools to Best Meet Site Needs: Thursday April 11 from 8am to 3:45 pm in Cottage grove, MN. Workshop Info Flyer

2. Urban Stream Restoration and Maintenance Workshop: Tuesday June 18th and Wednesday June 19th in Edina, MN. Workshop Info Flyer


2013 SaleWeber Stream Restoration Initiative wins

Partnership of the Year

We are pleased to announce that the Weber Stream Restoration Initiative was the winner of the Environmental Initiative “Partnership of the Year” Award! 

Read more about the award here.

and learn more about the Weber Stream restoration Initiative here.

We couldn't be happier as this project was truly a collaborative effort.

Thank you to all of our project partners, but especially Ron and Mary Ann Weber.


Presentations and the final report from the 2013 Watershed Research Symposium, which was held in February at the University of Minnesota, are now available online.


water monitoringWorld Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) recently launched a channel on YouTube. Here you will find short tutorials for using the WWMC test kit and entering your monitoring data. You will also find playlists featuring videos from participants around the world.

WWMC is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens in the monitoring of their local waterbodies.


Four Speakers on Native Plants

On Tuesday, May 21 the City of Superior Environmental Services Division will be hosting a night on native plants at the Superior Public Library from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The presentations will include topics ranging from Improving Wildlife Habitat, Native Plants and Preservation, Shoreline Restoration, and the Benefit of Wetlands in Superior. The guest speakers will be Carol Andrews with the Arrowhead Chapter of Wild Ones, Jane Anklam with the West Wisconsin Land Trust, Paul Hlina with Leaning Pine native plants and Darienne McNamara with the City of Superior SAMP program (Special Areas Management Plan). Browse Wildwoods Rehabilitation and Master Gardeners booths. Learn about native plants and how they can make a difference in water quality and also provide habitat and food for the birds and the bees. Native plants need less water and can beautify your yard. Native plants also work very well in rain gardens which help slow rainwater down, filter it, and can reduce stormwater pollution.

For more information on the Native Plant Night program call 715-394-0392 ext. 1041. The event is free and open to the public. Native plants will also be for sale at the event.


2013 SaleRain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale!

Saturday, May 18, 2013
9 am - 1 pm
Lake Superior College
Lower Parking Lot
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team are sponsoring a rain barrel and compost bin sale.

Rain barrels will be available for $55/unit.
Compost bins will be sold for $45.


4/11/2013 ‘Re-Leaf Duluth’ seeks to restore the environment - read about Duluth's efforts to plant trees across the city.

Registration is open for the following workshop:

Diagnosing Streams: Symptoms, Underlying Causes, and Remedies

April 8-10, Fergus Falls, MN.

Offered by the MN DNR Ecological and Water Resources, Stream Habitat Program.


epa stream assessment EPA Survey Finds More Than Half of the Nation’s River and Stream Miles in Poor Condition

"National River and Streams Assessment (2008-2009)"

The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams where they begin, and this new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under significant pressure,” said Office of Water Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner. “We must continue to invest in protecting and restoring our nation’s streams and rivers as they are vital sources of our drinking water, provide many recreational opportunities, and play a critical role in the economy.”


**Open Public Meeting on the Impacts of Nonferrous Mining in the Lake Superior Basin: Overview and Updates**

Friday, March 15, 12:30 to 5:30 pm in the Auditorium (Rm C175) at the Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, 1001 Chestnut St West, Virginia, MN

Here is the the full agenda


Lake Superior Watershed Ditch and Culvert Design Workshop


Wednesday, March 6th 9-4:40 though Thursday, March 7th 8-12:30 at the EPA Mid Continent Ecology Division, 6201 Congdon Blvd., Duluth, MN

Attendees will learn how to analyze, plan, construct, and maintain runoff management systems that reduce hydrologic impacts and erosion that degrade surface water in the Lake Superior Watershed.

This event will feature Sandy Verry, (USFS Hydrologist, retired) “Understanding the Sizing Dilema, why the problems are where they are and getting the installation right”

 $30 Registration fee before February 27, 2013, space is limited.

Go to www.lrcd.org and click on “Workshops” for Information and Registration.




Try out this rainfall calculator to find out how much water falls during a storm. The calculator allows you to enter the square footage of the area of interest and a rainfall amount. The result tells you how many gallons of water fell from the sky on to your lawn.

2/15/2013 2/21/2013

Climate Change and Lake Superior- Two Webinars from the Lake Superior Binational Forum

  • Planning for the Future: Municipalities and Marinas and Climate Change Impacts, Friday February 15th, 10am
  • Shared Stewardship of the Lake Superior Basin: The Faith Community Responds to Climate Change, Thursday February 21, 10 am.

To register e-mail: Binational Forum


12th Annual Road Salt Symposium

February 7, 2013
U of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen, MN, 8:30am- 3pm

Go here to register or call Jeanne at 952-314-8133 or e-mail: jeanne@freshwater.org


Great Lakes Restoration Communications Workshop

Learn how you can participate in communications efforts to maintain progress on federal Great Lakes restoration efforts.

January 31, 2013, 2-4 PM at the Duluth Public Library (520 W. Superior St) in the "Gold Room"

Please RSVP by 1/30/2013, by contacting Jordan Lubetkin at Lubetkin@nwf.org or 734-887-7109.


1/24/2013 rain garden app

FREE Raingarden App available for homeowners and contractors designed to help folks properly install a rain garden. Through video tutorials, diagrams, text, and tools, the App guides you though determining the size and placement of your garden, selecting plants, digging and planting your garden, and maintaining your garden. It also includes tools for determining your soil type, measuring the size of the area that will drain to your garden, and managing multiple rain garden projects.

From the CT NEMO Program.

1/16/2013 usgs report

Presence of Selected Chemicals of Emerging Concern in Water and Bottom Sediment from the St. Louis River, St. Louis Bay, and Superior Bay, Minnesota and Wisconsin, 2010

By Victoria G. Christensen, Kathy E. Lee, Kristen A. Kieta, and Sarah M. Elliott

Available as a PDF (30.7 MB) from the USGS here


Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Training Seminar

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 9:00-2:30
at the Natural Resources Research Institute
5013 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN 55811

Get no-nonsense information and useful tips and suggestions from leading experts on:

  • Material application rates
  • Calibrating equipment
  • Understanding the weather conditions
  • Storing materials
  • De-Icing and anti-icing techniques

Snow removal contractors, property managers and anyone responsible for maintaining sidewalks and parking lots will not want to miss this one-day training seminar.

The workshop is FREE and lunch will be provided.

Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance

Don't miss this great opportunity! The registration deadline is December 18th.
Here are more details & the registration form .

Registration is now open for Stormwater U: Underground Stormwater Treatment & Rain Harvesting Systems– January 14, 2013, University of Minnesota.

The workshop will focus on the underground stormwater treatment devices (hydrodynamic separators/HDS) and rain harvesting systems.

Register now at:  http://www.regonline.com/stormwaterHDS

Who should attend? Engineers, technicians, and regulators at all levels

Please open this flier (PDF) for more detailed workshop series information and how to register.  


MPCA preparing to re-issue construction stormwater permit

The current general permit for construction stormwater expires on August 1, 2013. The MPCA is preparing a revised permit to comply with changes in federal rules and make other improvements to better protect Minnesota waters from stormwater running off at construction sites. The agency held a preliminary informational meeting Monday, December 17, on the proposed changes.

To access a video of the MPCA presentation, visit the agency's FTP site at ftp://files.pca.state.mn.us/pub/file_requests/CSW_meeting/. Note that the video is presented in a series of 15-minute files.

For more information, contact Larry Zdon at the MPCA: 651-757-2839 or lawrence.zdon@state.mn.us.

1/2/2013 The documentary  - Liquid Assets Minnesota –can be viewed on-line.  The 56-minute video program explores concerns about Minnesota’s aging water infrastructure. Duluth is included in the video as well as communities within the Twin Cities area and rural cities. The video was co-produced by tpt’s Minnesota Channel and Central States Water Environmental Association – Minnesota Section. 

Duluth Stream Corps


Duluth Stream Corps Exceeds Goals to restore streams.

Read about it in the December 2012 issue of the River Voice available on the St Louis River Alliance web site.


MN Environmental Congress

The Environmental Quality Board will be convening a series of Citizen Forums as part of the Minnesota Environmental Congress.

The Duluth forum will be held at Lake Superior College, November 28th from 5:30-8:00 pm. Here is the announcement for more meeting locations and information.


NPDESNational Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices

EPA has renamed, reorganized, updated, and enhanced the features of the website. These revisions include the addition of new fact sheets and revisions of existing fact sheets. Because the field of stormwater is constantly changing.


The November 2012 South St Louis Soil and Water Conservation District ENEWS is now on-line..



MPCA Don’t risk water quality violations!

Protect Minnesota’s Waters by Preparing Your Construction Site for Winter Snow Melt and Rain 

The construction season is coming to a close. Site preparations need to be completed before frozen conditions so that protection is in place during winter thaws and the spring snow melt. Resume site inspections and maintenance as soon as runoff occurs or construction starts again, whichever comes first. You play a vital role in protecting Minnesota’s lakes, streams and wetlands from sediment and other contaminants. For more information go to the MPCA Stormwater Program website.



2nd Anniversary Celebration


Date: October 25, 2012

Time: 4:00 - 6:30 pm
Place: Fairlawn Mansion, 906 East 2nd Street, Superior, WI

The celebration will occur at the Fairlawn Mansion in Superior

4:00 - 6:30 pm: Meet and greet Lake Superior NERR Staff

5:00 pm:  Short overview of the Lake Superior NERR and Volunteer Recognition

Refreshments will be served



Currents Map


NOAA/GLERL Great Lakes Depth-Averaged Currents Map

View surface water currents in the Great Lakes on the NOAA/GLERL website. The flow patterns shown on the map are simulations based on wind speed.


Virtual Academy Webinar: Water Quality Standards 101

The first Water Quality Standards Virtual Academy webinar: “Water Quality Standards 101” will be held in October. Water quality standards are the foundation of the water quality-based pollution control program mandated by the Clean Water Act. Learn how you can use water quality standards to protect water resources. This webinar is aimed at states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups and any other interested parties.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Register here.


Webinar: Opportunistic Stormwater Education - Finding and Fostering Cost-Efficient Options

Thursday, Sept 20th at 2pm EST. Cost is $79, click here for more information and to register.


Here are links to some newsletters that have just come out:



Videos of the presentations given at the "Planning for Climate Impacts in the Western Lake Superior Region Workshop" held last September in Duluth are now available on-line.


canoe SLR

It’s time to register for the Annual Canoe Tour on the St. Louis River! 

Saturday, August 18th - Click here to register



Benefit for the rehabilitation of Chester Park and Chester Bowl

Saturday July 21st, 2-7 pm at the Chester Creek Cafe parking lot


For all the details go here


Register your flood erosion damage now

Private landowners in south St Louis County who suffered land erosion problems from the June 20 flood are asked to register the damage immediately, and by August 15, 2012 at the latest. Land-based issues include erosion, landslides, stream bank failures or other shoreline collapses, for both commercial and residential properties.

Damage to structures and roads are being cataloged and assessed by other offices.

"We are now trying to assess and quantify erosion damage to help with future applications for funding," explains R.C. Boheim, District Manager of South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District. "Our staff will visit as many properties as possible before mid-August, to get a general idea of what needs to be done and how much it will cost."

In the special legislative session expected in late August, the state's Board of Water and Soil Resources is expected to allocate restoration funds under its disaster recovery program. Conservation districts regularly offer cost-share programs to private landowners for erosion control.

To register land-based problems from the June flood anywhere in south St. Louis County, including Duluth, call the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District office at (218) 723-4867.


Flood Update:

We have recovered all of our stream monitoring equipment and there's good news and bad news. Most of the sondes have survived with the exception of the turbidity sensor on the Amity sonde. The bad news is that all of the control boxes (batteries, cables, modems, and loggers) received significant water damage and just a few components were salvageable. However, since two of our sondes are capable of internal data logging we were able to re-deploy the Tischer and Chester units. We will be manually downloading the data every few days and posting them to the data viewer.

NRRI Limnologist Rich Axler answers the question "Did the rains and floods of June 19-20, 2012 have a big effect on our streams and lakes?"


Flood Updates:


Flood Updates: We are still assessing the damgages to the stream equipment. A quick look last Friday found all the sondes buried in debris - trees, rocks, cobbles and gravel. All of the control boxes were underwater at some point and will more than likely need to be replaced.

The St Louis River is finally beginning to come down a bit. We reported last month a high discharge rate of 21,000 cfs. Last Thursday, 6/21/2012, it reached a high of 43,800 cfs. Here's the hydrograph from the St Louis River Scanlon gauge for the last month.

We will be posting our own images and videos but in the meantime the Minnesota Public Radio website has images and videos of the flood and its aftermath. Also the Duluth News Tribune.

One last thing, as a result of the storm a number of Lake Superior beaches have high bacteria counts so water contact is not recommended. See MN Beaches and the the Park Point Beach websites for more information.

6/22/2012 All Duluth Streams sensors except for the Duluth Harbor entry are off-line and more than likely destroyed. We will be post updates and images soon.


Two Rainwater Harvesting Workshops put on by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems association will be held this June in Minneapolis.

June 13th (100 level) and June 14th (200 level). Here's the brouchure.


WLSSDYou are invited to an exhibit opening:

Return to the River: The History of the St Louis River and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District

Thursday, June 7th: 5:30 - 7pm at the Depot (506 W. Michigan St., Duluth

Here's the Invitation



We've had lots of rain over the past 5 days. What does 20,000 cfs look like? Check out the St Louis River this morning. And here is the hydrograph. The discharge today has reached 20,600 cfs. The highest value ever recorded at the St. Louis River Scanlon gauging station was 22,300 cfs back in 1908.




The Lake Superior National Esturaine Reserve (LSNERR) announces their brand new website.


WWMCTEACHERS: The World Water Monitoring Challenge is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

Check out the Protect Our Waterways brouchure.

5/22/2012 MPCAMunicipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit is now open for public comment through July 23, 2012. For more information see the MPCA Public Notice webpage.


Kingsbury Creek Restoration Project. The Duluth Audubon Society is teaming with the city of Duluth and the Duluth Stream Corps to work on the west side of Kingsbury Creek above the zoo to help remove invasive species and replant native species. Stay tuned for planting days that you can help with!

Save this date: May 17, beginning at 1 pm: Students from Denfeld High School will be planting trees in the area in celebration of Arbor Day!  Find out more at  www.duluthmn.gov/parks


5/19/12: WLSSD/RSPT rain barrel %amp; compost bin sale

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale!

Saturday, May 19, 2012
9 am - 3 pm
Lake Superior College
Lower Parking Lot
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team are sponsoring a rain barrel and compost bin sale.

Rain barrels will be available for $50/unit.
Compost bins will be sold for $40.

Accepting credit cards & checks only

Download the flyer . For more information please call WLSSD at 218-722-0761 or visit wlssd.com.


Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop

Thursday, May 3rd from 9 am - 4 pm at the Barker's Island Conference Center

Check out this brochure for more information.


LSC RecycleFriday, April 27th is RECYCLE YOUR e-JUNK DAY at LSC

When : Friday, April 27/ 10:00am - 3:00 pm

Where: LSC Lower East Parking Lot

Why: To get rid of your old electronic stuff... AND SAVE THE PLANET

Click here for all the info.


LakeVoiceLakeVoice News has two new stories on fishing along the Duluth coastline:

"Smelt fishing brings Duluthians out for local tradition" and "Spring fishing at Lester River"


Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Mandatory Permit Training for Lake Service Providers

April 20th in Ely, MN at the Grand Ely Lodge. For more training locations go to MN Waters.

For more information on who needs this trining go to the MN DNR website.

Wednesday 3/28/2012

Turf Maintenance Workshop

A FREE training course for those involved in lawn and turf maintenance.

Wednesday, March 28th: 8 - 2:30

Lake Superior College - FREE LUNCH


for love of lakesAuthor of For Love of Lakes, Darby Nelson, will give a talk on his book Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m., parking and admittance is free (cash bar!), at the Canal Park Lodge, North Shore room.

For Love of Lakes is a finalist in the Minnesota Book Award Competition.

For more information about this talk and other evening programs go to the Lake Superior Marine Museum website.

3/16/2012 The Wisconsin Volunteer Stream Monitoring Symposium will be held March 16 and 17 in Mequon, WI. Visit this website for more information and to register.
3/13/2012 University of Minnesota P8 Modeling Class - This class provides information on the P8 modeling software for evaluation of stormwater management and management practice effectiveness. The next class will be on March 13-14, 2012 at the Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis.
3/8/2012 SLR Science Summit

The St Louis River Estuary Science Summit 2012

March 8-9, 2012

Yellowjacket Union, University of Wisconsin – Superior

Website: http://lsnerr.uwex.edu/slrss/main.html

Everyone is welcome; Registration is Free

Register at: http://lsnerr.uwex.edu/slrss/reg.html

Please register by March 2nd.


Stormwater Pond BMP Management:
Design, Operation & Maintenance

Presenter: Shahram (Shane) Missaghi
UM Assistant Extension Professor, Water Resources
Thurs., Feb. 23 rd @ 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST, 1hr
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEUs $59.00

Register here for this live webinar


LS Binational Forum


Mining in the States of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin

The Lake Superior Binational Forum has a new portal on its website that offers information about mining operations in the Lake Superior Basin.


Living Green


The Living Green Conference is coming back to the Coppertop Church on February 4th. This year's conference will include a keynote talk by Mike Link and Kate Crowley about their Lake Superior full circle hike. Also workshops on living sustainably, 30+ vendors, family fun room and food. For more info take a look at this flier.

2/2/2012 WEBINAR-Advanced Stormwater Treatment:
Dissolved Pollutants

Presenter: Andrew J. Erickson, M.S., P.E.,

Thurs., Feb. 2 nd @ 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST, 1hr
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEUs
2/2/2012 The 11th Annual Road Salt Symposium will be held Feb 2nd at the UM Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. Go here for registration info.
2/2/2012 Here's a good article about what's being done to decrease the amount of road salt being used to keep our roads safe - Ice School: Melding the science and craft of winter road maintenance (PDF 164 KB)
The University of Minnesota Extension Stormwater U Education Program is offering a  Stormwater BMP training series in Brainerd, MN for 2012.  The first of 3 classes is An Introduction to Stormwater BMPs – Functions, Designs & Installations and is scheduled for January 24, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.


This workshop is intended for excavation contractors, grading contractors, public works staff, engineers, designers, planners, and public officials. This course will start with a hands on exercise and presentations on stormwater challenges, regulations, and available solutions or the stormwater BMPs. Various case studies will be analyzed to identify key good and bad practices. Presenters will include from local governments, agencies, contractors, and vendors. The afternoon session will follow with presentation by Rusty Schmidt, a nationally known speaker, on stormwater BMP function, design, and installation with a focus on stormwater infiltration practices.

For additional information on the workshop or series of workshops, please see the attached document or click here. The deadline for registrations is Thursday, January 19, 2012.

Living Downstream - Doumentary Film

Thursday, Jaunary 19th; 6:30-8:30 pm at the EPA Water Quality Lab, 6201 Congdon Blvd.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Natural Resource Committee and by MN Clean Water Action.



2012 Annual Membership Meeting

January 18, 2012

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Great Lakes Aquarium

For more info and the agenda go to the SLR Web site



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Lisa P. Jackson to visit the University of Minnesota.

A Conversation with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on the Latest
National Environmental Policies and Recent Challenges to Environmental
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Coffman Memorial Union Theater
University of Minnesota

300 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
10:30 a.m. Check-in
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Presentation and audience conversation with
Lisa P. Jackson, moderated by Professor Deborah Swackhamer

Register now:

The event is open to the public but advanced reservations are
required. Register by Monday, January 16, at
http://jacksonumn.eventbrite.com. Space is limited.



"How does the far below average amount of snow this winter affect Minnesota water resources? "

Jan 2012

New TMDL Listings

MPCA just put out their new TMDL list and there are some interesting new local entries:

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