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Nov 18

7 PM

The Story Behind the River Talk Sponsors: What the Heck is a NERR and a Sea Grant?

Weds. Nov 18th at 7:00 PM

Barker's Waterfront Grille, Barker's Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, WI


Join us at Barker's Island on the last Weds of each month for these informal and informative conversations!

Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior NERR have teamed up to offer this series of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary. These informal “River Talks” are held monthly through May.

Check the River Talk website for details about upcoming talks. If you miss a talk, visit Wisconsin Sea Grant’s “Great Lakes Takes” blog for a summary.

Jan 27

7 PM

River Talk Series: Clough Island Restoration Project

Weds. Jan 27th at 7:00 PM

Barker's Waterfront Grille, Barker's Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, WI


Join us at Barker's Island on the last Weds of each month for these informal and informative conversations!

Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior NERR have teamed up to offer this series of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary. These informal “River Talks” are held monthly through May.

Check the River Talk website for details about upcoming talks. If you miss a talk, visit Wisconsin Sea Grant’s “Great Lakes Takes” blog for a summary.


Which fish species spawn in North Shore streams during the fall?

The Minnesota waters of Lake Superior provide fall spawning runs of pink salmon, coaster brook trout, coho salmon, chinook salmon and the occasional brown trout. These runs are generally smaller and less consistent than other areas in Lake Superior. That’s because North Shore streams have limited spawning habitat available for migratory fish due to steep waterfalls that act as natural barriers to fish passage.

Pink salmon are the most abundant species observed in the fall spawning run. In October, native coaster brook trout will migrate to spawn in tributaries and shoal areas of Lake Superior.

The timing and frequency of fall runs on the North Shore depends on individual river conditions, including water temperature and fall rains.


Upstream Posted Boundaries for North Shore Streams

The Minnesota DNR released an updated listing of all streams with upstream posted boundaries. Posted upstream boundaries on Lake Superior Tributaries generally correspond to the areas accessible to andromous trout and salmo (andromous = born in streams, spends most of its life in Lake Superior and returns to streams to spawn). The upstream boundaries, as well as fish sancturay areas, are marked with signs.

Find a link to the document here and in the LakeSuperiorStreams Understanding - Fish section.



Monofilament Mania: Wisconsin Sea Grant Donates Fishing Line Recycling Bins to St. Louis River Alliance

With all the work going on to restore habitat in the St. Louis River Estuary, organizations would be remiss if they didn’t also address a man-made killer that lurks there: monofilament fishing line. That’s just what the St. Louis River Alliance of Duluth, Minn., is doing.

Bins are installed at:

Rice's Point boat landing (being maintained by Boy Scout Troop 15; funded by usbank & McCabe IWLA
Park Point boat landing (maintained and funded by Park Point Community Club)
Spirit Lake Marina funded by Spirit Lake Marina
Clyde Ave( Munger Landing) McCabe IWLA - maintained by USCG MSU Duluth
Boy Scout Landing funded by McCabe IWLA - maintained by SLRA


Wildlife can get caught and tangled in discarded or lost fishing line, sometimes leading to death. This spring, the Alliance began a program to install monofilament recycling bins at public boat landings along the estuary in Duluth and Superior, Wis. They sent out a call for cooperation and support to several local organizations, and organized adult and youth groups to participate in an “Adopt-A-Bin” program.

Wisconsin Sea Grant heeded the call by offering six bins that were donated by the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Read more about the program!


Dog Owners Beware of slimy blue-green algae

When is doubt, stay out!

If you are a dog owner, be sure to check water conditions when dogs are playing near lakes or slow-flowing streams. Blue-green algae “blooms” have a thick, cloudy appearance that can look like green paint, pea soup, or floating mats of scum. Some, but not all, species of blue-green algae contain potent toxins that can be deadly to dogs, livestock, and other animals within hours of contact.

If possible, keep your pets away from algae-laden water entirely. If your dog does go into water with heavy algae growth, hose it off right away, before it has a chance to lick itself clean. Animals become ill when they ingest the toxins, so preventing them from drinking affected water or licking toxins from their coat is key to preventing illness.

Learn more here and on LakeSuperiorStreams



Climate Change Stats

Seeley, Mark W. "Minnesota Weather Almanac." 2nd ed. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015. Print

Since 1866, 12 rainfall events have occurred in Minnesota which included "a 6-inch one-day rainfall that encompasses more than a thousand square miles and a peak rainfall measurement of 8 inches somewhere within that area...five of these twelve mega-rainfall events happened since the year 2001. Further, the NOAA National Climatic Data Center reports that these types of storms are increasing in frequency across midwestern states." (p309-311)

The frequency of 2-inch thunderstorm rainfall events have doubled in frequency since 1991. (p308) paraphrased.

In 2012 "...portions of Minnesota were declared federal drought disaster areas, while other areas even within the same counties were declared federal flood disasters, the first time in state history that such a climatic situation emerged" (p308)

"Most of the state's climate stations show an increase in average annual precipitation that ranges from 1 to 4 inches over the past 60 years" The increase in Grand Rapids (Itasca County) was 4.58 inches. (p306)

"...many Minnesota watersheds have shown more consistent measures of high-volume flows on stream gauges in the spring, often at or above flood stage" (p306)

"...a larger fraction of annual precipitation is coming from intense thunderstorms...Evidence for an increased frequency of intense thunderstorms can be found at many climate stations" (p308)



Medications, cosmetic ingredients, and endocrine disruptors found in Minnesota lakes and streams

A new study released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency confirms that lakes and streams across Minnesota are contaminated by a variety of pharmaceuticals, ingredients from personal care products, and endocrine-disrupting compounds.  This is the latest in a series of studies investigating the presence of these chemicals in Minnesota’s surface water.

Because some pharmaceutical contamination of surface water is due to wastewater, the MPCA advises that people avoid flushing unwanted medicines down the toilet. Better alternatives include taking the drugs to a medication collection site, or mixing them with vinegar or cat litter to discourage ingestion and throwing them in the trash in a sealed container. Special recommendations apply to liquid chemotherapy drugs.

The full report is available on the MPCA’s website


  • Significantly more time is spent fishing on lakes than in rivers and streams.*
  • The average Minnesota angler spends 15 days fishing each year, with 84 percent of resident anglers never fishing anywhere else but in Minnesota.*
  • The most sought-after fish species, in order of preference, are crappie, panfish, walleye and northern pike.*

Anglers and waters

  • There are about 1.5 million licensed anglers in Minnesota.
  • About 500,000 people are expected to fish on opening day of the walleye and northern pike season, Saturday, May 9.
  • Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, 5,400 of which are managed by DNR Fisheries. There are 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,800 miles of trout streams.
  • Average annual expenditure per angler is about $1,500.*
  • Although not every kind of fish lives everywhere, 162 species of fish can be found in Minnesota waters.

*2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Learn more at the DNR's website


World Monitoring Challenge

Download the new app!

New Mobile App and Database Portal
With the beginning of the 2015 monitoring period EarthEcho International launched a new World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) mobile app and database portal.  Both tools were designed to allow for entry of monitoring data in real-time.

Download the mobile app through the Google Play Store or visit app.monitorwater.org to create your account today.


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Three NE Minnesota water quality reports offer good news for outdoor enthusiasts

Great news for people seeking a spring-like northern wilderness experience:  Water quality in two northeastern Minnesota watersheds is considered outstanding, and in a third watershed, many streams have exceptionally high water quality.

But the news is not all good. Agency research confirmed the lakes and streams in the Lake Superior-South watershed, stretching along Minnesota’s North Shore from Duluth to Silver Bay, and the Big Fork River watershed, in Itasca and Koochiching Counties, are also showing some signs of stress.

See the full Lake Superior-South monitoring and assessment report and the Nemadji River monitoring and assessment and stressor identification reports.


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Prepare Your Construction Site for Upcoming Snow Melt

Warmer weather is here. Protect MN waters and make sure your site is ready for spring snow melt. Ensure all erostion and sediment controls are in place and functioning properly. Get more information about stabilizing your site.

For more information on construction stormwater visit the MPCA construction stormwater webpage. For information on training opportunities and technical resources on implementing erosion and sediment control BMPs visit www.erosion.umn.edu.


St Louis River Corridor Project

Learn more about the vision for the St. Louis River Corridor as an outdoor recreation destination and environmental education hub.

“There’s no question that if not for Lake Superior, Duluth would be defined as a river city. Duluth should be defined by both the world’s greatest lake AND the world’s largest fresh water estuary. By doing so, we open up many possibilities along the River.”– Mayor Don Ness


Each year, the St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) and its Environmental Stewardship Workgroup recognize outstanding environmental stewardship efforts in the lower St. Louis River Watershed.

Congratulations to 2015 winners!

  • Sally Gibson Individual Award: Dorothy Anway
  • Milton E. Pelletier Organization/Club Award: Wisconsin Land Trust
  • Special Recognition Environmental Stewardship Arard: Jan & Karl Olson

Read more about the awards here.


Field Guide for Maintaining Rural Roadside Ditches

Written for rural areas in northern Minnesota, this guide offers practical advice and illustrations to hands-on maintenance workers, ditch maintenance contractors and local (township) road supervisors who maintain ditches. These pages contain technical guidance for routine work in the field when there is limited access to survey equipment and other sophisticated tools.

Download the Field Guide for Maintaining Rural Roadside Ditches [3.1 MB pdf]


In-Stream sondes are removed for Ice-Up

In-stream and Duluth Entry sondes have been removed for the season

Stay tuned for updates on our real-time data loggers. We will get them back in the Duluth streams as soon as the weather and ice permits!


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, read the 2013 Duluth Drinking Water Report, or learn more about drinking water in general.


As of Feb 25th, 2015 Lake Superior is 95% covered in ice

Learn more about Lake Superior ice, and check to see if the Apostle Island Sea Caves (Ice Caves) are open to the public.


EPA Releases Climate Action Plan Toolkit & Stormwater Climate Change Tool

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Virtual Climate Resilience Toolkit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model – a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates of seasonal precipitation, to determine the benefits of resiliency decisions to reduce local economic burden and protect communities.

The new tool will enable users to add climate projections based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s climate change scenarios to existing simulations to determine the quality of water traveling through traditional infrastructure - a system of gutters, storm drains, pipes, channels, collection tanks and storage devices. The tool also has the ability to model the performance of green infrastructure practices, including permeable pavement, rain gardens, and green roofs.
Learn more and download the program here.


For the sake of our lakes, keep your pavement on a low-salt diet

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), our waters should follow the advice our doctors have been giving for years: stick to a low-salt diet. Road salt, which contains chloride, is the most commonly used de-icer. But, much like table salt, road salt’s benefits are peppered with danger. Salt keeps us safe on icy roads but can have the opposite effect on the nearby environment. Its public safety benefits come with environmental drawbacks like polluted waters and poisoned aquatic wildlife.

1. Shovel first 2. Apply salt before the storm 3. Sweep up extra salt

Remember, at temperatures below 15 degrees most salt does not melt ice. Use sand for traction instead.

Learn more about protecting water resources from excess salt while keeping your driveway, sidewalk or parking lots clear this winter. 


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

The 2014 construction season is coming to a close, and ensuring your site preparation will be completed before frozen conditions is crucial. Protection must be in place before winter freeze and spring snow melt to prevent sedimentation and other forms of contamination of Minnesota water bodies. Site inspections must resume within 24 hours after runoff occurs on site or 24 hours prior to resuming construction, whichever comes first.

For more information on construction stormwater visit the MPCA construction stormwater webpage. For information on training opportunities and technical resources on implementing erosion and sediment control BMPs visit www.erosion.umn.edu.


Stormwater Tool for K-12 Educators

How many gallons of water falls on the school roof during a rain event?

Using the tools and information provided on this newly developed link, educators can find the surface areas of each school in Superior. Use that information, along with the links to USGS provided on the page, to find out how much water falls during a given rain event and calculate run-off.



Download the New Great Lakes BeachCast app

Stay up-to-date with the most current information about beach advisories

With the MyBeachCast mobile app, you can discover local Great Lakes beaches based on your location, save favorite beaches, and view real-time information on beach water quality advisories, weather,  water and wind conditions, and more.

Available on the App Store or Google play.


The buoys are back!

The Lake Superior buoys operated by the U. of Minnesota Duluth's Large Lakes Observatory are back in the lake, and collecting water column temperature profiles and weather data every 10 minutes.

Buoy #1 collects near-shore data (about 1 mile out from McQuade Harbor), buoy #2 is collecting data from further offshore -- about 10 miles out.

The data can be viewed on our site: buoy #1 (near-shore) and buoy #2 (offshore), or directly from UMD-LLO: buoy #1, buoy #2.


Check out the DNR's "Water Talk" eNewsletter

The Water Talk* newsletter is published electronically 2-4 times a year, focusing on topics and resources related to floodplain management and other DNR land use programs: shoreland management, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area. Sign up following the link on this page.


UMD's 2013 MS4 (Stormwater) Report now available

Check out UMD's Stormwater Pollution Prevention page for more information on the recent report and activites to protect the Lake Superior Watershed from stormwater pollution.


A Year of Lake Superior, July 2013-July 2014

Watch seasonal changes on Lake Superior as captured by NOAA's satellite & created by Mark Vinson of the USGS Lake Superior Biological Station in Ashland, WI


Condition of Minnesota Streams and Rivers

How healthy are Minnesota’s rivers and streams? How do our land use choices affect water quality and aquatic life? Do conditions vary in different parts of the state? These are some of the questions the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is working toward answering in its newly published report, “The Condition of Rivers and Streams in Minnesota”.

The full report is available on the MPCA’s Biological monitoring of water in Minnesota web page.


stormwater drain artCelebrate Stormwater Art

The Superior Storm Drain Art project is well on its way!  6 selected artists who live or work in Superior each painted the sidewalk beside a designated storm drain.  The artists were  Tom Rep, Jeredt Runions, Falyn McCotter, Colin James Wiita, Holly Bounting with Joshua Vig, and Chelsey Miller. 

An art exhibit will be up at the Superior Council for the Arts North End Arts Gallery in the Red Mug building beginning June 13 and through July 12.  The gallery is open Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat 11 a.m. -5 p.m.

A map of the location of the storm drain art, more information on the artists, and updates on the project will be at www.ci.superior.wi.us/stormdrainart or the Storm Drain Art tab at our blog SuperiorStormwater.blogspot.com.  Brochures of the art with a map are at the WI Visitor Center in the Bong Heritage Museum, Fairlawn Mansion gift store, Superior Public Library, Government Building, and at the Superior Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The brochures will also be available at the art exhibit.

For more information, call 715/394-0392 or email grethenw@ci.superior.wi.us.

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Become a Citizen Scientist!

Thanks to thousands of citizen scientists, we are making strides with our ground-breaking research on global warming. But, the work is not over -- we need your help!

No matter what your field of expertise is, you can join citizen scientists around the world who are helping to complete the vast computations needed for climate research. To participate, all you need to do is contribute your computer's idle processing time to help run the climate models that provide the essential data for this research.

Have more questions? Sign up today and get directions and our FAQ: http://action.ucsusa.org/site/R?i=plvYiYVsvN4_qwwgaCJ_oQ.


Great Lakes Observing System's

Boaters' Forecast Tool

The Boaters' Forecast Tool provides recreational boaters information on lake conditions to help them determine if it is a good boating day. With forecast data for all of the Great Lakes, boaters can view the latest forecasts for the area of interest and set up alerts to be notified when conditions are likely to change.


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.


Blasting away aquatic plants may not be legal

Products that create water currents to push away plants and debris from docks and shoreline should not be used to move sediment or excavate the bottom of a lake or river, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Products can resemble a fan or trolling motor contained in a short tube, and operate by creating strong currents of moving water. They are not always illegal, but consumers should use caution when considering any kind of aquatic plant removal. If the product is moving sediment, the manner of operation is likely not allowed.

Learn more about the DNR's aquatic plant management and permits.


Anglers catch all they need to know at new DNR Fish Minnesota site

Minnesota fishing regulations and other helpful information are now available on a new, easy-to-use MN DNR website.The agency has also made enhancements for those who access fishing information from desktop computers or mobile devices using the agency’s popular LakeFinder site.

Anglers who visit www.mndnr.gov/fishmn will find rewritten and reorganized open water fishing regulations in a user-friendly question and answer format.


Released May 2014:

National Climate Assessment

The U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Third National Climate Assessment, the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on U.S. climate change impacts ever generated. 

The full report of the National Climate Assessment provides an in-depth look at climate change impacts on the U.S. It details the multitude of ways climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect the lives of Americans.

Explore how climate change affects you and your family.


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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 your 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


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.


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

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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.


Stormwater Practices Maintenance series workshop materials posted:

July 30-31, 2014 Stormwater Practices Maintenance and Certification

June 26, 2014 An introduction to stormwater practices maintenance


Give the turtles a hand!

Minnesota turtles now crossing roads to find a place to nest

The following points should be remembered:

  • Think safety. Simply pulling off the road and turning on hazard lights may alert other drivers to slow down. Be aware of surroundings and traffic.
  • Avoid excessive handling. While wanting to inspect turtles closely is understandable, excessive handling can disrupt normal behavior. Prolonged examination of turtles should therefore be limited to only one or two individuals of each species.
  • Allow unassisted road crossings. When turtles can safely cross roads unaided due to a lack of oncoming traffic, allow them to do so. Observe from a distance and avoid rapid movements, as doing otherwise will often cause turtles to change direction, stop, or seek shelter within their shells.
  • Handle turtles gently. If necessary to pick them up, all turtles except Snappers and Softshells (“leatherbacks” – see link below for more information on these species that may bite when picked up) should be grasped gently along the shell edge near the mid-point of the body. Be advised that many turtles empty their bladder when lifted off the ground, so be careful not to drop them if they should suddenly expel water.
  • Maintain direction of travel. Always move turtles in the same direction they were traveling in when encountered. Turtles should always be moved across roadways in as direct a line as possible. It may seem helpful to “assist” the turtle in its journey by moving them to a nearby waterbody, but it is important to remember the phrase, “If you care, leave it there.”
  • For more information, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/reptiles_amphibians/helping-turtles-roads.html

Past Events:

Oct 28


River Talk Series returns for the season!

Weds. Oct 28th at 7:00 PM

Barker's Island

Hilarie Sorenson, MN Sea Grant Climate Change Educator will kick off the the 2015-2016 River Talks series. Join us at Barker's Island on the last Weds of each month for these informal and informative conversations!

Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior NERR have teamed up to offer this series of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary. These informal “River Talks” are held monthly through May.

Check the River Talk website for details about upcoming talks. If you miss a talk, visit Wisconsin Sea Grant’s “Great Lakes Takes” blog for a summary.

Oct 21st



"Hard Hat" Tour and Celebration of Restoration at Chambers Grove

Oct 21st, 2015 3-5 PM Chambers Grove Park Pavilion

Get an exclusive insider's tour of the construction work in progress at Chambers Grove, as well as an update on other St. Louis River Restoration projects. You'll hear project designers and supervisors discuss what's being done, plus the behind-the-scenes how and why.

This is our opportunity to thank supporters, and celebrate the wonderful new progress on the estuary. Come prepared for cool weather and warm treats!

Hosted by the Minnesota Land Trust, in coordination with the City of Duluth and Mayor Don Ness, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the St. Louis River Alliance.

Oct 13-14

Minnesota Water Resources Conference

October 13-14, 2015 at the St. Paul RiverCentre

This annual conference presents innovative, practical and applied water resource engineering solutions, management techniques and current research about Minnesota's water resources.  On the second day of the conference, there will be a special Low Impact Development workshop, lead by Tom Schueler, Executive Director of Chesapeake Stormwater Network. 

Learn more and register for the conference

Sep 24


St. Louis River Rendezvous

Lafayette Square on Park Point, Thursday, September 24  from 4:00-6:00pm. Free to the public.

The event is aimed at providing details and answers to the public about the clean-up and restoration projects in the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

It will also serve as a great networking and social event that will feature hors d’oeuvres, wine, root beer floats and music.  AOC coordinators from the Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota DNR, and Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa will have experts present to answer questions and give details of projects on the river.  There will also be several Twin Harbors businesses there to help people out with their river connections and knowledge . Door prizes will be given out!

Come enjoy both the outdoors and indoors and the magical beach and a chance to speak to the experts about the river restoration projects.  Music will be provided by local artists.

The event is free of charge. The doors open at 4:00pm.  The event will be held indoors in inclement weather. Learn more here.

Sep 17


Water Words that Work Workshop

Thursday September 17th, 2015 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

UW-Superior, Yellowjacket Union

Make a splash with your communications! Relearn the language that people use and you will become more confident and successful as you set out to communicate on behalf of our rivers and lakes.

This workshop is designed for people who communicate with various audiences about water resources, watershed management, and land conservation.

Cost: $25, includes a lunch and refreshments

Register by August 31, 2015 at: http://www.cvent.com/d/yrqvb6, download and post a flier

Register Early – space is limited

Sep 15

Clean Water Summit: Reconnecting Rainwater and Groundwater

September 15 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The summit will address topics such as: 

  • the role of green infrastructure and groundwater protection
  • what are the impacts to groundwater as we manage stormwater
  • placement of stormwater infiltration practices to replenish groundwater supplies. 

The keynote presenter is Shirley Clark, PH.D. from Penn State Harrisburg.  More information and to registeration for the summit.

Sep 10


St. Louis River Estuary Boat Tour on Vista Star

Thursday September 10th, 2015 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

RSVP now for this event. More details coming soon!

Sep 9

Species Selection and Maintenance for Stormwater BMP's

This workshop will be held at Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District in Waite Park. 

For more information contact the Minnesota Erosion Control Association.

July 20-Aug 19

DNR seeks comments on Knowlton Creek stream restoration project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Knowlton Creek stream restoration project in Duluth. Knowlton Creek is located upstream of the Lower St. Louis River, within the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area. 

The DNR proposes to restore and enhance habitat for trout and associated cold-water organisms, using natural channel design techniques to stabilize approximately 6,491 linear feet of Knowlton Creek and tributaries in Duluth. This project supports the Lower St. Louis River Area of Concern (AOC) Remedial Action Plan.

A copy of the EAW is available online. A hard copy may be requested by calling 651-259-5157.

Electronic or email comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Knowlton EAW” in the subject line.

Aug 18


Twin Ports Climate Conversations-Weather and Sustainability

MPCA conference room, 525 Lake Avenue South, Duluth, MN 55802

Brown Bag lunch meeting. Bring your lunch and join the conversation at MPCA conference room. Parking lots and meters on the street are available; but we encourage you to consider parking elsewhere and catching the free DTA shuttle, or walking to Canal Park via the 5th Avenue West viaduct.

Visit the DTA website for updates about the local road conditions, Northwest Passage skyway construction, and shuttle/trolley schedule.

Aug 10-11

Rain Garden Workshop

Aug 10 and 11, 6 PM-9 PM both days, Duluth MN

Workshop will include both classroom and hands-on sessions.

Who should attend? ANYONE interested in growing beautiful plants, and EVERYONE who is committed to the preservation of our streams and Lake Superior: homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals, master gardeners and master naturalists.

$25 registration fee, $5 for additional household members.

Register here. Or call Minnesota Sea Grant at: (218) 726-8106

Help us spread the word by downloading and posting a flier about the event.

Learn more about rain gardens on LakeSuperiorStreams.

Aug 8


Annual Canoe Tour of the St. Louis River Estuary

Saturday Aug 8th, 9AM to 1PM

Join us at Munger Landing, at the base of Clyde Ave, in West Duluth

The St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) will be holding hold its 2015 Canoe and kayak Tour and Picnic on Saturday, August  8 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This year’s event will feature points of interest on the lower St. Louis River Corridor such as Tallus Island, Spirit Mountain snow-making line and the proposed Kayak center. The tour will begin at Munger Landing at the base of Clyde Avenue.  The boat landing is located on Clyde Avenue in Smithville, just off Hwy 23. 

The cost to participate in this year’s event is only $5 for SLRA members (or $20 for the whole family.) Non-members can sign up for only $10 per person ($30 for a family). Children under 12 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.   A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available, free of charge, for those who don’t have one.  Register early to reserve one.

RSVP here by August 6th 4:00pm so we can plan the food and canoes.

July 19

Lake Superior Day Celebration!

Sunday, July 19th 11:30AM-3:30PM @ Barker's Island, Superior WI.

All events are FREE to the public.

Music by local and regional performers, informational booths, Children's Play and Craft Tent, Words for Water Photography Exhibit and Art/craft/book vendors tent, ½ Price Meteor Tours, North Shore SUP paddle board demonstrations (Noon-3), Food vending by the Eagles Club, Lake Superior Photo Booth, LSNERR Interpretive Trailer, LSNERR Research Lab Tour (2:00PM)

Learn more about the event here.

July 16

Water Safety Expo & Sand Modeling Competition at Park Point

Thursday, July 16th 10AM-3PM @ Park Point Beach House

The Water Safety Expo is FREE to the public.

There will be informational booths, games, with several demonstrations on safety topics such as rescue boards, throw rings, life jacket fittings, and more. Other demonstrations will include weather safety, rip currents, and kayaking. Various organizations will provide guests with tips on how to stay safe at the beach this summer, including information about severe weather, hypothermia, and, of course – rip currents.

Learn more about rip current safety here

June 29

St. Louis River Connect and Protect

Monday June 29th at 5:00 PM

Evergreen Center West, 5830 Grand Ave. Duluth MN

Join the W. J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League for an evening to learn about conservation efforts along the St. Louis River Western Waterfront shoreline and trail, to enjoy a presentation highlighting the natural assets of the river, and discucss the best recreation uses of the assets.

The event is free and open to the public.

June 30

Duluth Citizens! We want your comments and input at the Annual Stormwater Meeting

Tuesday June 30th at 6:30 PM

Comfort Systems Duluth, 520 Garfield Ave

Please join us to learn about area stormwater programs and give input on how they can be improved!

Free snacks and a rain barrel give-away!

Download a flier for the event or watch a presentation given at similar meetings.

June 25

St. Louis River Rendezvous

Thursday, June 25, 4pm -6pm Fairlawn Mansion, Superior WI

Open House Style outdoor reception 

Enjoy a relaxed, festive evening with Music by Gabe Mayfield and guest strings musicians. Beverages, Wine and Hors D' Oeuvres, Root beer floats

Door Prizes! Free of Charge! 

Open to the Public 

Discover details of restoration and remediation projects in the Estuary.

Connect with local businesses for fun ideas for river recreation and education Converse with experts from Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Fond du Lac Band about projects on the river.

For further information contact: Kris Eilers, Program Manager, Kris@stlouisriver.org, 218-733-9520

June 16

Training Offered for the NEW Classroom Version of The Watershed Game

June 16th 11AM-3PM at the Great Lakes Aquarium

You are invited to attend a FREE training workshop focused on the new classroom version of The Watershed Game! This newest addition to the suite of Watershed Game curricula has been designed and constructed specifically for middle to high school students in typical classroom setting. It incorporates the needs of formal teachers and informal educators wishing to generate meaningful discussions and a deeper understanding of water-related challenges facing communities. 

The training will provide participants with the necessary background and resources to use the Classroom Version for youth-based water education. The new Classroom Version also includes resources to support fundamental core science concepts and digital online resources to support its use – including an all new electronic Score Card!  Participants in the training will receive their own copy of the Classroom Version (either at the training or within the next few months).

Free but registration requested:   z.umn.edu/duluthwsg 

June 10

River Talk Series: Pollution and Poetry: Celebrating the River's Restoration Through Words

Thurs. June 18th at 7 PM

Amazing Grace Cafe, Canal Park Duluth, Minn

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

May 21

River Talk Series

So Many Questions: Researching St. Louis Estuary Mysteries

Thurs. May 21st at 7 PM

Amazing Grace Cafe, Canal Park Duluth, Minn

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

May 7

Public meeting to discuss development along Western Waterfront Trail

The City of Duluth is looking for your input.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. Morgan Park Community Center, 1242 88th Avenue West.

The City of Duluth Planning Division is holding at public meeting to discuss future plans for the Tallas Island/Kayak Bay and Knowlton Creek area along the Western Waterfront trail (see map). Public input gathered will be used in the small area planning process to guide future act ivies and improvements to the St. Louis River Corridor initiative.  The meeting is Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. at the Morgan Park Community Center,  1242 88th Avenue West. 

The press release can be found here.

Apr 29

The Outsized Role of Earth's Largest Lakes

Lecture and discussion by Dr. Robert W. Sterner,

DECC Duluth, MN. April 29th at 3:30

Roughly two thirds of the planet's available surface freshwater is contained in just twenty lakes.  Scattered around the globe, and diverse in almost every measurable respect, these immense "dimples" in Earth's surface have shaped human society and history.  Their value continues to grow as freshwater scarcity increases.  This talk will explore Earth's largest lakes, some of which are in our backyard, from the standpoints of hydrology, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and geopolitics, using these approaches ultimately to ask what role these twenty places play in our lives.

Learn more about the talk and register here

April 23


Summer Turfgrass Maintenance Workshop

Hermantown City Hall Training Center, 5105 Maple Grove Rd, Hermantown, MN 55811

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 receive a FREE Turfgrass Maintenance Manual and lunch.

Register by emailing Paul Tetan at teten004@d.umn.edu or call (218) 726-7375

Mar 31-Apr 1

5th Annual St. Louis River Summit

March 31st-April 1st at the University of Wisconsin-Superior

Call for presenters is now open.

Learn more about the event or register.

Mar 31

The St. Louis River in Your own Words: Results from NOAA's Stakeholder Engagement Interviews in the St. Louis River Estuary.

Tues. March 31 at 7:30 PM

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Learning Center

Lizzie Condon, a former staffer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will present, “The St. Louis River in Your own Words: Results from NOAA's Stakeholder Engagement Interviews in the St. Louis River Estuary.” Refreshments will be provided.

Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior NERR have teamed up to offer this series of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary. These informal “River Talks” are held monthly through May.

Check the River Talk website for details about upcoming talks. If you miss a talk, visit Wisconsin Sea Grant’s “Great Lakes Takes” blog for a summary.

Mar 18

River Talk Series: Restoring the Spirit to the River: The U.S. Steel Superfund Site on Spirit Lake.

Weds. March 18 at 7 PM

Amazing Grace Cafe, 394 S. Lake Ave Duluth MN

Caitie McCoy with Illinois Indiana Sea Grant will present, “Restoring the Spirit to the River: The U.S. Steel Superfund Site on Spirit Lake.”

Learn more about the River Talk series and other upcoming events at the Lake Superior NERR.

A special bonus talk in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit will be held on Tues., Mar. 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Learning Center (3 Marina Dr., Barker’s Island, Superior, Wis.) Lizzie Condon, a former staffer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will present, “The St. Louis River in Your own Words: Results from NOAA's Stakeholder Engagement Interviews in the St. Louis River Estuary.” Refreshments will be provided.

Mar 10-12

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The Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) Conference

March 10-12 at the Duluth Convention Center

The Pre-Conference Workshops on March 10 include:

  • Construction Installer Certification
  • MS4 workshop
  • Industrial Stormwater Regulations, SWPPPs, Sampling and Monitoring
  • Turf Establishment
  • MIDS Calculator Training

On March 11th and 12th, there will be sessions on the Duluth Stream Restoration, Erosion Control Implementation Plan, Pre-Treatment Practices and Sizing, Designing and Implementing Temporary Erosion Control BMP's, Wisconsin Stormwater and MORE!

For more information and to register for the conference, go to MECA's web site:  http://mnerosion.org/

Mar 4-5

Coastal Restoration Project Design & Evaluation

March 4-5th 9AM-5PM at the University of Wisconsin-Superior

This interactive, workshop offers restoration practitioners valuable knowledge, skills, and tools to enhance your ability to design targeted projects that have a greater chance of achieving success.

Space is limited to 30 people. Please register by February 20th to secure your spot.

Questions? Contact Tracey Ledder, LS NERR Monitoring Coordinator 715-392-3141

Download a flier for more information

Feb 18

River Talk Series: Making the St. Louis River Hip: The River Corridor Project.

Weds. Feb 18th 7 PM at Amazing Grace Cafe

394 Lake Ave. Duluth, MN

Hansi Johnson with the Minnesota Land Trust and Diane Desotelle with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will present on the River Corridor Project.

Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) have teamed up to offer this series of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary. These informal “River Talks” are held monthly through May.

Check the River Talk website for details about upcoming talks. If you miss a talk, visit the Wisconsin Sea Grant’s “Great Lakes Takes” blog for a summary of the discussion.

Feb 17

St. Louis RiverAlliance Membership Meeting

Tuesday Feb 17th, 7-9pm

Morgan Park Goodfellowship Center, 1242-88th Ave. W

James Wheeler, of Design Duluth will present on the River Corridor Projects.

Download a flier or learn more on the St Louis River Alliance website.

Feb 9

Please join us for a viewing of the film DamNation

Monday February 9, 7:00 in UMD's Bohannon 90

Description: This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

For more information, please visit the website -- http://damnationfilm.com/.

This event is co-sponsored by HPER (through a Chancellor's Small Grant), RSOP, the Office of Sustainability, and the Department of Biology.


Feb 2

World Wetlands Day 2015

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Each year since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided materials so that government agencies, non-governmental organizations, conservation organizations, and groups of citizens can help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.

Learn more about World Wetlands Day!

Jan 29

Film fest flyer Water Film Fest II - Jan 29th, 6 p.m. UWS

A Water Film Night will be held on Thursday, January 29 from 6 pm - 8:00 pm at Swenson Hall Room 1012 on the University of Wisconsin - Superior campus.

A dozen short films will be shown in one night - from 30 seconds to about 30 minutes in length - on assorted water topics. Films to be shown include the 2010 Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming, 50 Days of Sea Kayaking in Lake Superior National Marine Reserve, Toilet to Tap, MN Land Trust St. Louis River, and more videos.

Water is on the move all the time. Whether it's in a lake, coming out of our tap, in us, at a wastewater treatment plant, or in a cloud above water is a part of life. We make a difference in the water with what we do on land and in water.

This event is free and open to the public.
Swenson Hall is located at 1610 Weeks Ave.

The film festival is created by the City of Superior Environmental Services Division. Thanks to UWS Lake Superior Research Institute for arranging space and connecting with students.

For more information or to submit or suggest a film, contact 715/394-0392, City of Superior Environmental Services Division grethenw@ci.superior.wi.us. The deadline to submit a film is January 15.

Jan 22

River Talk Series: Formation Story: How the St. Louis River Came to Be, Geologically

Thurs. Jan 22nd at 7 PM

Red Mug Coffee Shop, 916 Hammond Ave, Superior WI

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

Dec 18


River Talk Series: What's the Point? Ojibway History and the Unique Value of Wisconsin Point

Thurs. Dec 18th at 7 PM at Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Learning Center (3 Marina Dr., Superior, WI)

Bob Miller, a Lake Superior Ojibway tribal member, will present, “What’s the Point? Ojibway History and the Unique Value of Wisconsin Point.”

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

Dec 14

Citizen Stream Monitoring

Are you interested in conducting Total Phosphorus Monitoring at your WAV monitoring site??

The Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program has allocated funding for 2015 to encourage active WAV citizen monitors and/or WAV monitoring groups to obtain total phosphorus monitoring data at their stream monitoring site(s). To allow all interested individuals and groups the chance to use the available funds, a short application process has been developed.

Please go to the WAV Total Phosphorus website and follow the links to learn more!

To apply, please use the electronic application made available on the website. The application can be filled in electronically and then emailed to Lindsey Albright (lindsey.albright@wisconsin.gov) to apply. The deadline to submit applications is Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Dec 16

Lake Superior Barrels Project Update Presentation

Dec 16th at Two Harbors 6:00 PM

Since the mid 1990’s, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has been researching and conducting investigations on approximately 1,450 55-gallon barrels dumped into Gichigami (Lake Superior) by the US Army between 1959 and 1962 in collaboration with the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE), and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). It is the goal and responsibility of the Red Cliff Band to fully characterize the type and extent of Department of Defense (DoD) wastes, which may have impacts on the natural resources within the Ceded Territory. The Red Cliff Band is dedicated to working with federal agencies to clean up, restore and protect the ecosystems of the Ceded Territory. The Red Cliff Band is also committed to the economy, natural resources, and cultural uses within Chippewa Ceded Territory and to determine if further remedial work is required to preserve and protect the rich natural resources of Gichigami (Lake Superior).

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has a Cooperative Agreement (CA) with Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE) to provide an update to area stakeholders who also have a vested interest and concern in this project. A PowerPoint program will be presented and also any questions that may arise will be answered.

For more information contact Gary DeFoe Jr.: gary.defoejr@redcliff-nsn.gov

or visit Lake Superior Barrels Project on the web.

Dec 12


"Evidence and Stories of Climate Adaptation in Minnesota" a talk by Mark Seeley

Friday Dec 12th at 4:30 PM at UMD-Chem 200

Dr. Seeley serves as extension climatologist/meteorologist, coordinating weather and climate educational programs with the National Weather Service, the Minnesota State Climatology Office, and various state agencies.

Besides his work with the University of Minnesota he also often appears on Minnesota Public Radio. You can read more about Dr. Seeley at his departmental website and read some of his writings at his blog or MPR's weather blog, Updraft.

For further information about Dr. Seeley's seminar and visit, please contact Dr. Jay Austin (jaustin@d.umn.edu)

Dec 10


Resilient River Futures

Weds Dec 10th 11AM-2PM at Clyde Iron Works, Duluth MN

Please join the Design Duluth Collaborative for a conversation about future possibilities for communities along the St Louis River Corridor.

11 student groups from the Design Duluth Studio at the University of Minnesota will be presenting their final projects exploring the diverse and engaging possibilities for communities and places along the St. Louis River Corridor. This work is the collaborative effort of Duluth community stakeholders, local organizations, students, professionals and faculty helping to imagine a resilient Duluth.

Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP is needed.

For more information, contact us at: 218-733-9520

Dec 6

DNR Hosts Public Meeting on Lake Superior Fisheries Mgmt

Dec 6th, 9am-4:15pm at UM's Cloquet Forestry Center

DNR staff and other experts will give presentations on the status and management of Lake Superior fish populations, habitat, and fisheries. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues in breakout sessions. Of particular focus in this plan could be trout stream habitat in the lake's tributaries.

All are welcome. Doors open at 8:30am

Dec 1

Great Lakes Commission wants your input

Dec 1st, 2014

The Great Lakes Commission is seeking public comments on oil transportation methods on great lakes.

The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 1, 2014.

Comment here.

Nov 19

Environmental Modeling Educational Series: FLUX32

Nov 19th, 7:30-3:30 at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Snyder Auditorium
3675 Arboretum Dr, Chanhassen, MN 55318; (952) 443-1400

An introductory and basic training on FLUX32:
A mass transport program for stream and stormwater monitoring data evaluation.

Download a flier, find more information, or register online.


Let's Talk Recycling

Monday, Nov 17 at 6 p.m. at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave.

Free to the public

Have you ever thought about the full life of your car or electronic items (tv, computer, phones, etc)? What happens when they are no longer usable? This program has guest speakers from businesses in Superior that are part of the recycling process for metals and other materials and having materials available for future manufacturing and not in a landfill where such items are banned. Proper disposal and recycling materials saves resources, protects the environment, and is part of a brighter future.

Bring your questions. This will be the place to learn more about our everyday items including cars and computers, televisions, and appliances and how the materials in these everyday items go on to a new life once they are done being used by local consumers.

The evening will also include the City of Superior's code compliance officer who will speak about rules relating to not working vehicles in one's yard. Four guest speakers will be part of the evening's program including SIMKO, Afterlife Electronics Graveyard, Como Lube and Supplies and the City of Superior.

For more information, call 715/394-0392 or email grethenw@ci.superior.wi.us.

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Nov 14

Lake Superior Binational Forum Public Meeting

Lake Superior Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg): Protecting and Restoring the Lake Superior Basin

Friday Nov 15th 12:30-5:00
Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, Red Cliff, Wisconsin

Reception celebrating Native American Arts and Culture 5:30-7:00

Speakers from several tribes will talk about a variety of programs they're working on including climate change responses, invasive species controls, managing fish hatcheries and creating sustainable fish populations, wild rice restorations, mining issues and others.

In addition to presentations, a dozen tribal and regional groups and agencies will offer displays about a variety of lake issues and programs.  Click here for an agenda

Members of the public are invited to an open public comment period starting at 4:30 pm on November 14. Anyone is welcome to express their comments about any issues related to Lake Superior.

Nov 13

MS4 Workshops

The Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) in partnership with the MPCA is offering this MS4 outreach/educational workshop in five locations!

Covering Minimum Control Measures (Except #5)  This workshop qualifies as a way to meet the IDDE Field Staff training requirement for Part III.D.6g(2), in illicit discharge recognition and reporting illicit discharges for future investigation.

St. Paul, MN—November 13, 2014  NEW LOCATION:  Stantec Offices, 2335 Highway 36 West, St. Paul MN  55113

Workshop will also be offered in:
Mankato, MN—December 2, 2014

Duluth MN at the MECA Conference in March 2015.

Nov 6

Building Minnesota's Capacity for Climate Adaptation:
Second Conference on Climate Adaptation

Nov 6th 8:00-4:30 Hyatt Regency MPLS, MN

Come to Minnesota's second conference on climate adaptation and learn
about strategies for implementing adaptive plans for cities, transportation,
natural resources, human health and agriculture.
For more information and to register visit: wrc.umn.edu

Download and post a flier here.

Oct 28

Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenace Workshop

Training Center, Hermantown City Hall, 5105 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown

Attend this free workshop and learn sensible salting practices to save money, protect lakes and rivers, and keep parking lots and sidewalks safe. Receive a Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Manual and a certificate for professional development hour credit. Attendees have an opportunity to attain MPCA Level 1 Certification in Snow and Ice Control Best Practices. Lunch provided at no cost.

Pre-registration is required by October 15th

Email afulton@hermantownmn.com or call at 219-729-3618.

For more information please see www.hermantownmn.com. Download and post a flier here.

Oct 27

Advocates for the Knife River Watershed

Mon. Oct. 27th at 6:30 PM

Duluth Town Hall, 6092 Homestead Rd

Brian Nerbonne is the Stream Habitat Consultant for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries. He coordinates steam habitat projects and policy, and oversees the DNR’s aquatic habitat funds from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Fund. Brian is a 15 year veteran with the department. Prior to his current job, he worked in Fergus Falls, the Twin Cities metro, and southeast Minnesota with a focus on evaluating and restoring stream habitat. His education includes a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in Fisheries Science from the University of Minnesota.

The presentation will include:

* General stream habitat in the Knife River.
* An overview of the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council habitat restoration grants program with a focus on how it is being applied in the Knife River Watershed.
* Information on the DNR's beaver management plan for the Knife River.

The presentation will be preceded by a short business meeting.
Refreshments will be served.

Please email AKRWaters@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Oct 20-22

Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference - Registration Open

Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center

350 Harbor Dr. DUluth MN 55802

1) Ecology, impacts, and distribution;  
2) Prevention;  
3) Early detection, rapid response, containment, or eradication;  
4) Control and management;  
5) Restoration;   
6) Policy, law, and regulation; and  
7) Programs, strategies, and messages that work   


Click here to go to the online registration
View concurrent sessions, plenaries, and field trip offerings here.

Oct 15


Lake Superior NERR Fall Open House

Lake Superior NERR Learning Center

3 Marina Drive, Superior, WI

Explore the Great Lakes Discovery exhibit and talk with the Lake Superior NERR Staff

Please join us on Wednesday, October 15 as we celebrate our 4th Anniversary and showcase the traveling Great Lakes Discovery exhibit with an open house at the Lake Superior NERR Learning Center

Award Presentation (5:00pm)

Tour the office and laboratory (5:30pm)

Refreshments will be served

Oct 6

Protect Our Waters Fun Fair

City of Superior Environmental Services is hosting a Fun Fair at Superior Middle School

There will be carnival game stations, activities, crafts, including fish prints, and plenty of prizes. 

The fair is especially for K-4 grade students – Kindergarten through 4th graders.

The event is free and open to the public

Pizza dinner is free to youth 18 years and younger.  Optional adult dinner will cost $3.15

Download a flier here.

Superior WI logo

Oct 5


Oct 1


Lake Superior College’s Miller Creek Interpretive Trail

Grand Re-opening

Join us at Lake Superior College’s upcoming Miller Creek Interpretive Trail grand re-opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday October 1st at 1:00

The re-opening will highlight the work done to restore the Interpretive Trail in the months (and years) following the 2012 flood.  With new foot bridges and new interpretive signs, the hard work and numerous volunteer hours by individuals from the campus and greater community, will be recognized and celebrated!

Download a trail Map here, or a flier about the event here.

Sep 24

Stormwater U: Environmental Modeling

Wednesday Sept. 24

The modeling series will start with a P8 model workshop.  P8 is a "model for predicting the generation and transport of stormwater runoff pollutants in urban watersheds".

This one-day workshop is designed for beginners to intermediate P8 users.

We will continue our series with FLUX32.

Questions? call 651-480-7732 or email jenri001@umn.edu

Sep 23

Flute Reed Partnership Annual Meeting

7:00 pm at the Hovland Town Hall

Join us for interesting speakers, engaging conversation, and planning the future of the Flute Reed Partnership. All are welcome. Learn more here.

Sep 19


Storm Drain Stenciling

Celebrate Pollution Prevention Week

All supplies will be provided to stencil the message Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream beside storm drains in Superior.

This event will need to have dry weather.
Location will be announced to those attending.

Please call 715/394-0392 or email and ask for Wendy.

Sep 18


An epic cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted

Join us at the Superior Public Library on Thurs Sept. 18th at 6:30 pm for a showing of the film, Waterlife.

The film follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. From the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains of Chicago to the sewers of Windsor, this feature-length documentary tells the story of the last huge supply of fresh water on Earth. Download a poster here.

Sep 18

Protecting the Public from Mercury in the St. Louis River

Sep 18th 5:00-8:00, Clyde Iron Works, 2920 West Michigan Street

5:00 social hour, 6:00 presentation. All members of the public are welcome to attend. There is no advance registration required and the event is free. Refreshments will be served and educational displays will be available.

More info on the event can be found here.

Sep 17

Microplastics in the Water

Celebrate Pollution Prevention Week

Join us at the Superior Public Library on Weds Sept. 17th at 6:30 pm for a talk on Microplastics in the ocean by UWS professor, Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza.

Sep 11

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water:
Costs & Benefits to Our Communities

3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318 

Thursday Sept. 11, 8AM-5PM

The Clean Water Summit will bring together attendees from both the public and private sector who are interested in learning not only why, but how they can promote and implement green infrastructure in their own work.

This includes: municipal stormwater managers engineers public agency staff landscape architects policy makers private land owners contractors and builders property managers community planners designers.

Questions? Call 952.443.1400 or email arbinfo@umn.edu

Register here

Sep 8

Mercury Contamination of the Environment: Lessons Learned from A Thirty Year Journey from Discovery to Regulation.

Northland College is hosting USGS’ Dr. David Krabbenhoft, one of the leading authorities on mercury contamination.

Center for Science and the Environment on campus, next to the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Room 169.

4:00 – 5:00  pm – An informal discussion/Q & A with Dr. Krabbenhoft about mercury.

7:00 pm - Presentation

This presentation will describe the nearly 30 years of research on mercury in the environment conducted globally, but was initiated in the north woods of Wisconsin. The scientific approaches applied have ranged from molecular to global oceans in scale; and the modes of attack from detailed biogeochemistry to delicate political maneuvering.

No RSVP necessary. All are welcome.

Sep 5-6

Sep 5-6, 2014 at The Inn on Lake Superior, Duluth MN

Join National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Dave and Amy Freeman, canoeists Gary and Joanie McGuffin, Vice President of the Bush Foundation Jaime Pinkham of the Nez Perce Tribe, Jim Pfitzer portraying Aldo Leopold, and many others to inspire and challenge us.

Sponsored by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in partnership with over 15 conservation organizations.

Registration and details: northland.edu/wilderness

Sep 4


Pollution Prevention in Flood Events

Presented by the Minnesota Erosion Control Association

Duluth, MN Thurs. Sept. 4th 7:30-4:00 @ The Inn on Lake Superior

This workshop is for government staff, contractors, and designers who are involved with natural stream restoration and mitigation from storm events. 

REGISTRATION IS DUE August 27, 2014, $40 for MECA members, $60 for non-MECA members

Phone:  (320) 685-5444  --  Fax:  (320) 685-4592

Email:   meca@mnerosion.org

QUESTIONS?  Contact the MECA office at (320) 685-5444

Funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, by the NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in conjunction with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program

Aug 15

Tour De Water Bus Tour: Water Protection Practices in Superior

Free bus tour on Aug 15

Get ready for Tour De Water Bus Tour on Aug. 15. This 2.5 hour bus tour will take participants to 5 stops in Superior that show practices to slow down stormwater, reduce and clean runoff, and help keep Lake Superior clean. The sites will show local examples of LID (low-impact development).  Practices by schools, businesses, the city, and homeowners can add up to a bigger difference on controlling stormwater. The tour is organized by the City of Superior Environmental Services Division of Public Works.

The tour is free but requires advanced registration.  Space is limited to 22 passengers.  The tour will begin at 9 a.m. at Barker’s Island near the S.S. Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum.

Contact:  Superior Environmental Services, 715-394-0392, grethenw@ci.superior.wi.us

For information on other ESD news and events: go to www.ci.superior.wi.us/news


July 30-31

Stormwater Practices Maintenance & Certification course

The University of Minnesota Extension Services is hosting a 2 day course on stormwater practices maintenance and certification. This two day course will be held on July 30-31 in Blaine.

Find more information and aregistration form here (pdf).

July 23

Repairing and Stabilizing Flood Damaged Streams and Slopes

Inn on Lake Superior July 23, 8am -5pm.

The Minnesota Erosion Control Association will hold a 1-day workshop and exhibit on "Repairing and Stabilizing Flood Damaged Streams and Slopes."

Click here for attendee registration form:  Duluth July 2014 Attendee Form
Click here for vendor registration form:  Duluth July 2014 Vendor Form

Visit the MECA website for details.

July 21

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, read the proposed rule, and comment here.

July 13-20

Superior Scavenger Hunt: Follow the Flow

Celebrate Lake Superior Days! Learn about Lake Superior and its watershed while earning a chance at great prizes!

The Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP) will host the first Superior Scavenger hunt called Follow the Flow!

The scavenger hunt will take place from July 13-20 within Duluth.

To take a look at the rules, please click here.

Learn more about the scavenger hunt, post answers and photos on the MN Lake Superior Coastal Program Facebook Page.

July 17

Water Safety Expo & Sand Modeling Competition at Park Point

Thursday, July 17th 10AM-3PM @ Park Point Beach House

The Water Safety Expo is FREE to the public.

There will be informational booths, games, with several demonstrations on safety topics such as rescue boards, throw rings, life jacket fittings, and more. Other demonstrations will include weather safety, rip currents, and kayaking. Various organizations will provide guests with tips on how to stay safe at the beach this summer, including information about severe weather, hypothermia, and, of course – rip currents.

Learn more about rip current safety here

July 10

Comment on draft plan to remove first of nine impairments in St. Louis River. Attend the Open House for more info.

Open House July 10th, 4:30-6:00 PM, at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave., Superior, WI 54880

The draft plan to remove the aesthetic impairment is being offered for public comment from July 3 through July 17, 2014. The MPCA and WDNR will submit the draft aesthetic impairment removal plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the end of the public comment period.

The other eight beneficial use impairments are: restricted fish consumption, threats to fish and wildlife populations, loss of fish and wildlife habitat, incidences of fish tumors and deformities, lack of diversity among bottom-dwelling organisms, restrictions on dredging activities, decreased water quality due to high nutrient and sediment levels and high levels of E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria that, when elevated, may generate advisories limiting beach water contact for swimmers and boaters.

Copies of the draft removal plan will be available for review starting July 3, 2014 on the MPCA’s web site at www.pca.state.mn.us and at the Duluth Public Library

Questions should be directed to Matt Steiger at (715) 395-6904.

June 28

2013 SaleSpring Vernal Pool and Frog Monitoring Workshops

Join us for a 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.

Workshop locations and dates

Cook County Community Center (317 W. 5th St, Grand Marais)
June 28, 2014, from 1 - 4 pm

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


If you are interested in volunteering, but can’t attend any of the workshops, contact Jennifer Olker (218-720-4344) to find out about training options.

The cost to attend workshops is FREE thanks to a generous grant from the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program.

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

June 26

Stormwater U: An Introduction to Stormwater Practices Maintenance

Thursday June 26, 8:30-11:00

City of Blaine MN, Town Hall

This free 2.5 hour workshop will provide an introduction to our new Stormwater U series focused on Stormwater Management Practices Maintenance Pilot Program and Certification.

Visit us on the web at:

June 25

Chester Creek Restoration & Protection

Weds. June 25th, 6:30PM. Meet at Chester Bowl Parking Lot

Learn more about:
 Chester Creek Watershed
 Tour Chester Creek - Skyline/9th St. to view damage from 2012 flood - Led by Chris Kleist: City of Duluth Stormwater Program
 Upstream restoration & protection efforts that impact Creek
 Chester Creek Master Plan – seeking input
 Info on Chester Creek Master Plan: www.duluthmn.gov/parks/
 Green Infrastructure ideas for homeowners
 What you can do to Adapt to a changing climate!


We will be taking a short walk to creek.
*Dress for the weather!*

Sponsored by the Isaak Walton League and St Louis River Alliance

June 14-24


For all those interested in North Shore rivers and streams...

Join us for a look at the monitoring results, an explanation of the Watershed Approach, and an opportunity to provide input on priorities we should be using for protecting and restoring waterways between Duluth and Silver Bay at any one of five identical meetings being held throughout the watershed.

We hope to see you at one of these meetings!

  • Beaver Bay Sat., June 14th at Noon at Cove Point Lodge, Beaver Bay 4614 Hwy. 61
  • Silver Bay Mon., June 16th at 5:30 pm at Americinn Lodge, Silver Bay 1088 Hwy. 61
  • Duluth Wed., June 18th at 5:30 pm at Duluth Heights Community Center 33 West Mulberry Street
  • Finland Thur., June 19th at 11:30 am at Finland Community Center 6866 Cramer Rd.
  • Two Harbors Tues., June 24th at 5:30pm at the Two Harbors Community Center 417 South Ave.

Please use the RSVP form on our website or call Kate at (218) 723-4867.

Download a flier here. (0.4 MB pdf)

June 19

Water quality study begins in Rainy River-Headwaters watershed

Water quality experts will kick off a multi-year intensive protection and restoration process for the Rainy River-Headwaters watershed at a public informational meeting on June 19, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Learn more about the Rainy River – headwaters watershed

Learn more about the MPCA’s 10-year watershed approach to restoring & protecting the state’s water quality.

Questions about the meeting can also be addressed to Joel Peterson at 218-302-6646 or 800-756-3864.

June 14


Stop invasive species in your tracks.

The 2nd annual PlayCleanGo Day on June 14, 2014 will be held at 13 participating park locations around Minnesota.

3 volunteers are needed at each site. PlayCleanGo Day coincides with National Get Outdoors Day and State Park Open HouseDay. We invite you to join in the celebration at one of the following:

  • For more information, or to volunteer, contact Susan Burks, Forestry Invasive Species Program Coordinator, St Paul at 651-259-5251 or email Susan.burks@state.mn.us

June 14


Celebrate Toilet Day

Superior Public Library, Superior WI

Celebrate the Toilet! Join us for activities and information about the toilet – crafts, door prizes, learn about what not to flush, the effects of Fats, Oils and Grease (F.O.G.) on the sewer system, and the wastewater treatment process.

Visit all 4 stations and enter to win prizes including toilet paper origami,
Everyone Poops book, and specialty paper.

Questions? Call 715/394-0392 or visit www.ci.superior.wi.us/news

June 12


Chester Creek Watershed Green Infrastructure Open House

Chester Park Building, 31 W. College Street Duluth, Rm 105 (commons area)

Join local stakeholders to learn about and discuss flood impacts and green infrastructure strategies to help reduce those impacts in the Chester Creek watershed.

The format of the Open House will be a series of 6-7 stations with storyboards, activities and speakers throughout the afternoon/evening on these topics:

  • Flood impacts
  • Land use and runoff
  • Future precipitation and land use - Why is runoff changing?
  • What can we do? Low Impact Design/Green Infrastructure
  • How can it work for Chester Creek?
  • Mapping station

For additional information about this study please visit the Minnesota Sea Grant website or contact Hilarie at soren360@d.umn.edu or 218-726-7677

Download a flier here. (5.6 MB pdf)

June 3-10


For all those interested in St. Louis River Watershed...

Join us for a look at the monitoring results, an explanation of the Watershed Approach, and an opportunity to provide input on priorities we should be using for protecting and restoring waterways such as the Partridge River, the Midway River, and all those in between at any one of six identical meetings being held throughout the watershed.

We hope to see you at one of these meetings!

  • Biwabik (rsvp by May 23 for meal) Tues., June 3, 5:30 pm at Giants Ridge 6325 Wynne Creek Dr.
  • Eveleth Wed., June 4, 11:30 am at IRRRB (board room) 4261 Hwy. 53 South
  • Duluth Thur., June 5, 11:30 am at Inn on Lake Superior, Canal Park 350 Canal Park Driv
  • West Duluth Thur., June 5, 5:30 pm at Morgan Park Community Center 1242 88th Ave West
  • Chisholm Sat., June 7, Noon at MN Discovery Center 1005 Discovery Dr.
  • Floodwood Tues., June 10, 5:30pm at The Floodwood School 115 West 4th Ave.

Please use the RSVP form on our website or call Kate at (218) 723-4867 by June 1st .

Download a flier here. (0.4 MB pdf)

May 31


Soil testing and Composting - Free Classes

Wessman Area, Caitlin and 28th St. Superior WI

12:00: Attend a class that includes a demo of how to take a soil test and a review of how to read results from a soil analysis.  You will have one week after this event to submit a soil sample to the UW Extension office to be sent to a lab for analysis for a discounted rate of only $8. 

1 p.m.: Attend a free class on composting.  Learn the basics, what to add to a compost pile and how to trouble-shoot. There will also be a display setup on Vermi-composting (using worms to breakdown food waste).
No registration needed.

Earth Machine Compost bins and a Systern Rain Barrels will be availabe for purchase. 

Questions? Call 715/394-0392 or visit www.ci.superior.wi.us/news

May 27


What's an Estuary?-Trivia night... with prizes!

Join us at Clyde Iron at 7:00 pm on May 27th, to learn about the issues and history of the St Louis River.

2920 W. Michigan St. Duluth, MN

Grab a cup of coffe or a pint of beer and join us for these informal talks. For more information and updates on these events, visit www.stlouisriver.org email slrcac@stlouisriver.org or call 218-733-9520.

May 19, 21, 22

"Combat Communications for Conservationists"

A free webinar by Water Words That Work, LLC

Conservation and controversy go hand in hand. Sooner or later, the mud will fly and your work and your reputation will be on the line. In this training, you will hone messaging skills you need to set the record straight and come out on top!

Water Words That Work LLC will offer free sample webinars on May 19, 21, and 22, with instructors, Eric Eckl (May 19), Chandra Brown (May 21), and Valerie Damstra (May 22).

To ensure that the webinar is an engaging and participatory experience, we will limit enrollment to just 15 participants each. We respectfully ask that one person per training and up to two representatives per organization total for this free training.

To sign up for one of the three sessions, follow the link: http://bit.ly/PwFcib

May 12-15


St. Louis River Quest, Vista Fleet and DECC

This program, which is one of our Environmental Stewardship Award winners, takes hundreds of sixth graders onto the St. Louis River each spring on an excursion boat and teaches them about the river, water quality, exotic species, the port of Duluth/Superior, Great Lakes shipping and more.

Learn more here: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/riverquest


For more information and updates on these events, visit www.stlouisriver.org email slrcac@stlouisriver.org or call 218-733-9520.

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.

May 17


Mapping the St. Louis River

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:00

406 Cloquet Ave. Cloquet, MN 55720

The Carlton County Historical Society welcomes guest speaker Larry Luukkonen at its museum in Cloquet, MN.

Admission is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for children under 12 and free for children under 5, CCHS members and past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The museum is handicapped accessible.

For more information call the CCHS at 218-879-1938.

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

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

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 pm, 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 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 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 16 8:30-12:30 at the MPCA Office in Duluth

April 24 8:30-12:30 at the MPCA Office in Brainerd

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

May 7 12:30-4:30 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

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