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Oblique Image Viewer We have posted a page where you can view aerial photos taken of entire Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior -- from Duluth's Park Point all the way to the Canadian border.

These pictures were taken in 2007. We will be adding another set of images that were taken in 2002 so you will be able to see what has changed.

Check it out!


Restoration talk at Hartley Nature Center

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER DAN SHAW- Vegetation Specialist/Landscape Ecologist with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

When: Wednesday Nov. 16 Doors open for socializing with other native plant enthusiasts at 6:30, program starts at 7:00 PM and runs 1 to 1.5 hours max

Where: Hartley Nature Center, Duluth

Wild Ones®: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a non-profit community of native plant enthusiasts


Watershed Zoning "202"

Revising codes for Stormwater Compliance and Smarter Sites

November 3, 2011- 8 am to 4:30 pm

Gitche Gumee Conference Center, 6201 Congdon Blvd

Download this flier for information

October 2011

You are cordially invited to attend two upcoming meetings about the Knife River Implementation Plan.

1)      Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3-5pm Implementation Plan Review Session (with introduction to the new Advocates for the Knife River Watershed—citizens group). At the Two Harbors Community Center.

2)      Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7-9pm, Implementation Priority Party (to prioritize activities from within the Plan). At Duluth Town Hall.

 Questions about either meeting, contact Andrew Slade, 218-727-0800, andrewslade@mepartnership.org


Four nice invasive species videos created by the National Park Service and funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) are available on YouTube.

LITTLE THINGS big problems-- Emerald Ash Borer LITTLE THINGS big problems-- Spotted Knapweed LITTLE THINGS big problems-- Invasive Plants In Our Parks LITTLE THINGS big problems-- Aquatic Invaders
NPS videos


MN Legacy Fund logoList of projects recommended for Legacy outdoors funds

From Minnesota Public Radio - The Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council on Tuesday recommended spending up to $96 million on 29 projects and one grant program aimed at benefiting the outdoors. Below is the list of projects recommended to receive funding, along with the approximate amount they would receive. The Legislature will finalize and approve the list next year. Details about each project are available on the council's website.

Two projects are in the Lake Superior watershed - $3.67 million to DNR fisheries for Lower St. Louis River Habitat Restoration,and $380,000 to the Lake Superior Steelhead Association for Knife River Habitat Restoration.


troutDULUTH, Minn. -- Salmon in the Pacific Northwest face threats similar to Duluth area trout – degradation of habitat, over-harvesting and other human activities – that are negatively impacting the fishes’ ability to thrive.  

Fish First founder Gary Loomis, notable fishing industry and stream conservation leader, will talk about successful restoration of salmon streams and what Duluthians can learn from their efforts on Wednesday, September 21, 7 – 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Aquarium. 

The lecture, “A Fish First Success Story,” is hosted by the University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute. Loomis founded Fish First with five friends in 1995 to “restore native Pacific Ocean salmon and steelhead runs to levels sufficient enough to support responsible harvest by commercial, tribal and noncommercial fishermen.” 

Current funding through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act is providing an opportunity to focus on habitat restoration to maintain a healthy fishing industry in Lake Superior. 

“The unique aspect of the Fish First program is the grassroots aspect,” said Lucinda Johnson, director of NRRI’s Center for Water and the Environment. “This could be viewed as a blueprint for how efforts for Lake Superior streams can be structured.” 

This event is free and open to the public, with free parking at the Aquarium. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. For more information about Fish First visit www.fishfirst.org.



Cindy HagleyLakeSuperiorStreams co-Principal Investigator and Superior Stormwater Protection Team co-founder Cynthia Hagley received the Outstanding Educational Programming for Youth and Teachers Award at the Lake Superior Binational Forum's annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Program in July. Hagley earned this recognition for her work with the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes. This work encompassed helping to organize a highly successful youth symposium about Lake Superior and her skill at bringing scientists and educators together aboard the Environmental Protection Agency's research vessel, Lake Guardian.


Rich Axler at Amity Creek There is an in-depth story on the Weber Stream Initiative and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team on the Minnesota Public Radio website.

Please check it - On a hill, Duluth collaborates to slow water's flow

9/9/2011 Find your watershed on the MPCA's new watershed map. Click on any of the 81 major watersheds in Minnesota to learn more.

broken Amity sonde cable

The Amity sonde will be off-line for a period of time. Apparently someone smashed through the cable housing and broke the cable using a large rock.


LS Binational Program logo

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is proud to announce the release of it’s Water is Life newsletter.

8/8/2011 A call for citizen-based monitoring funding proposals for Wisconsin 2011-2012 Citizen-Based Monitoring Partnership Program has been released. Deadline is August 8th. See details here.

High Temperatures Can Bring Harmful Algal Blooms

MPCA is again reminding people that some blue-green algae can harm pets, livestock and even people.

Blue-Green Algae Blooms Trigger Health Reminder
Avoiding Contact is the Safest Approach

Blue-Green Algae

Wisconsin DNR issued a reminder to folks to avoid swimming in areas blanketed with heavy growths of noxious blue-green algae which can have a paint slick or pea soup like appearance. People should note that such blooms can be a moving target, since wind and wave action can often make a bloom disappear or appear quickly.

For more information check the WI DNR and the state Department of Health Services websites. Also see:
Swimmer's Itch and How to Avoid It (UM Extension)

MN Sea Grant's link to harmful algae (there are many related links here)

In addition, people are encouraged to report human health effects to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-366-3455. For health questions, citizens can contact MDH's Acute Disease Investigation and Control group at 651-201-5414.


One Day Only Truckload Sale! New Date & Place!!

Please Join us at Lake Superior Day!

Date: Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Barker's Island Parking Lot

Rain Barrel Price: $56

Compost Bin Price: $46

Rain barrels and compost bins will be available on a first-come, first served basis while supplies last. So, come early! Call Jenny or Betty at 715.394.0392 for more information


EPA Non-point Source Pollution ToolboxHere is a link to the EPA's nonpoint toolbox. It has quite a bit of great information and we encourage you to check it out.

The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Outreach Toolbox is intended for use by state and local agencies and other organizations interested in educating the public on nonpoint source pollution or stormwater runoff. The Toolbox contains a variety of resources to help develop an effective and targeted outreach campaign.


flute reed partnership, stream, watershed, protection, water quality, minnesota north shore

Flute Reed Watershed Partnership

Open House

Thursday, June 30th, 5-7 pm at the Hovland Town Hall


There are some new websites out there that are worth checking out.

Duluth Frog Blog - See what area amphibians are up to on Jennifer Oelker's blog. Jennifer is an Aqualtic Ecologist at the Natural Resources Research Institute.

Northshore Nature: A visitor's guide to the nature of Lake Superior's north shore.

St Louis County has a number of great videos covering building, land use and the environment. Everything from shore land landscaping to installing rain barrels is covered.


6/4/11: WLSSD/RSPT rain barrel %amp; compost bin sale

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale!

Saturday, June 4, 2011
9 am to 3 pm
Lake Superior College Parking Lot
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN

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

Rain barrels will be available for $50/unit (tax included, a $150 value!) Compost bins will be sold for $40 (tax included, a $100 value).

Limited Quantities | Cash , Check, VISA, MC, DISCOVER

Download the brochure. For more information please call WLSSD at 218-722-3336 or visit wlssd.com.

6/4/2011 2011 LS Watershed Festival


Free, fun, family-oriented activities.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
9 am to 4 pm
Lake Superior College Parking Lot
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN

The Regional Stormwater Protection Team (RSPT) is hosting its fourth Lake Superior Watershed Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Big Tent at  Lake Superior College.

Download this flier for more info or contact
Julene Boe, St. Louis River Alliance
Phone: 218-733-9520, Email: slrcac@stlouisriver.org



Time to go fishing. The MN DNR has begun to stock area lakes and streams in the Duluth area. Check out Sam Cook's site for more info.

And we also have some info on fishing holes in the Duluth streams here.


The 2010 drinking water quality report for the City of Duluth has just been published.

Comfort Systems

5/8/2011 Friends of the Parks

Sign up to be a Friend of the Parks

Join them on Facebook. Friends of the Parks, Duluth, Minnesota is a non-profit organization that strives to protect, enhance and support our many parks!


Details - 200 KB pdf

Friday April 22
9:00am to 5:00pm

WLSSD to Host Collection Event
for Unwanted Medication

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
2626 Courtland St., Duluth, MN 55806
ph: (218) 722-0761

More information: Flyer / WLSSD website


Q. So what's the problem with sweeping sand into the street?
Aren't the streets dirty anyway?

A. Anything on the Street ends up in the Creek!

sand sweep

Spring Cleanup Time

Time to sweep up your sand and give it back to the city.

Check out this brochure to find out how.



The River Voice

The "River Voice" is the St. Louis River Alliance's new e-newsletter which will keep the people who work on the river informed of the many projects that are happening. The newsletter will be published and distributed via email six times per year, thanks to a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. To be added, send your email address to Marie Zhuikov at the St. Louis River Alliance: mariez@stlouisriver.org.

The content is not exclusive to St. Louis River Alliance activities and they welcome submissions of activities, projects and people related to the St. Louis River from all groups who are involved. Stories and images can be sent to Marie Zhuikov at the St. Louis River Alliance: mariez@stlouisriver.org.

The next deadline is May 20 and the newsletter will be distributed at the end of May.


Izaak Walton League WATERSHED SUMMIT 2011
Managing Water on the Land for Conservation & Production
March 12, 2011
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

hosted by the Minnesota Division Izaak Walton League of America and The Freshwater Society

Examining water quality from a watershed perspective. Learn what a watershed assessment is, why there are differing urban and agricultural assessments, how to identify and prioritize water-quality solutions for both neighborhoods and farms. And get a taste of the challenges of on-the-ground conservation efforts.

For more information and to register go to:  http://www.minnesotaikes.org/Ikes/Summit.html


Water Environment Research Federation

WERF BMP SELECT Model: The Water Environment Research Foundation has created a tool that allows users to view and select various Best Management Practices (BMPs) for their facility. It includes a wide array of different BMPs and allows the user to examine the effectiveness of alternative scenarios for controlling stormwater pollution and the whole life cost associated with each scenario.

BMPs include: Extended detention, Bioretention, Wetlands, Swales, Permeable pavement, Filters

Water quality parameters include: TSS, Total nitrogen, Total phosphorus, Total zinc. Visit Water Environment Research Foundation
Industrial Stormwater News

March 2011 Newsletter: Monitoring Training (3/30/2011), Compliance information, and more...


MN Erosion Control Ass'n (MECA)

The Annual Minnesota Erosion Control Conference is coming up on March 2-4 at the Plymouth Radisson Hotel. It is a great time to look through the tradeshow, network, or listen to speakers on this topic. To register go to MNerosion.org. Read the brochure to learn more about the conference.


Stormwater BMP Training

Stormwater U: Water Quality Ponds: Inventory, Inspection, and Maintenance

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 8:00 am to 3:30 pm City of Hermantown, MN

Learn what are the important issues for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) operators in meeting their permit requirements. Learn first hand about pond and outfall inventory, inspection, and maintenance of stormwater ponds management.

Download: flyer/registration form

For more information about these workshops and to register online, go to:
www.extension.umn.edu/stormwater and click on Stormwater U Workshops.


Details - 200 KB pdf

Saturday November 20
9:00am to 5:00pm

WLSSD to Host Collection Event
for Unwanted Medication

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
2626 Courtland St., Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 722-0761 or www.wlssd.com 

Download: Flyer


Stormwater Management Conference

Northland Innovative Stormwater Management Conference

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Edgewater Conference Center
2400 London Rd, Duluth, MN

Conference $25; includes continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshments
Field Trip $8

No registrations accepted after 3 p.m. on Nov 12.

Managing stormwater can be challenging, especially in the Lake Superior region. Given the number of high-quality lakes and streams in the region (and regulations protecting them), it's important for communities, businesses, and homeowners to handle stormwater correctly. Join us for this one-day event to learn about many of the newer techniques being used to manage stormwater both here and around the region. Participants will also have opportunities to review new policies and regulations, and discuss emerging issues in stormwater management in urban and rural areas.

Visit the Sea Grant webpage to learn more & to register


We have posted the Flute Reed River Partnership's
2009 Citizen's Stream Monitoring Report.

This has information from last year on rainfall, water clarity and a comparison of the Flute Reed to the average of other North Shore streams.


The Healing Our Waters®-Great Lakes Coalition
6th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

Healthy Lakes 2010
Wednesday, September 22 - Friday, September 24, 2010
Adams Mark Buffalo Niagara
Buffalo, New York

Learn more at healthylakes.org


Thursday September 9
9:00am to 5:00pm

Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Day at WLSSD's Household Hazardous Waste Facility
2626 Courtland St., Duluth, MN 55806


St. Louis River Alliance Annual Canoe Trip

St. Louis River Canoe Tour and Picnic

Saturday, August 21st, 2010, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


information flyer | registration form


Uh oh —

It looks like that 4.5" rainstorm Saturday night (8/7/10)
tumbled our Kingsbury Creek sensors downstream

Here's a picture of the cement base alongside the stream after it washed about three meters downstream, flipped over, with the safety cable broke, the pump tubing broke, the conduit pulled apart and held in place by the data cable which apparently has suffered a separation somewhere...


A new rain garden in Duluth

Duluth Raingarden Workshops

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010


Get the brochure for more information and a registration form.

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.


Turf care seminar

Seminar: Summer Turf Grass Maintenance
with Reduced Environmental Impacts

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Virginia, Minnesota


Get the brochure for more information and a registration form.

Lawn care professionals, landscape contractors, golf course superintendents, and anyone responsible for maintaining parks, cemeteries, public or school grounds will not want to miss this FREE one-day seminar (lunch is included).


National Weather Service

2nd Time in Duluth Weather History...Everyday in July at Least 70 Degrees

Duluth finished the month of July with the entire month reaching at least 70 degrees for a daily high temperature. The only other July, out of the 137 Julys on record, that accomplished the same feat was in 1988. Even the warmest July on record, 2006, had one day when the daily maximum temperature failed to reach at least 70 degrees. July 10th, 2006 recorded a high temperature of only 65 degrees. Find out more about our regional climate from the NWS and from the Minnesota Climatology Working Group.


Flute Reed Watershed Partnership

Flute Reed Partnership Annual Meeting

Thursday, July 29, 2010, 7:00 pm
Hovland Town Hall


Latest News:

High Temperatures Can Bring Harmful Algal Blooms

MPCA is again reminding people that some blue-green algae can harm pets, livestock and even people.


Blue-Green Algae Blooms Trigger Health Reminder
Avoiding Contact is the Safest Approach

Blue-Green Algae

Wisconsin DNR issued a reminder to folks to avoid swimming in areas blanketed with heavy growths of noxious blue-green algae which can have a paint slick or pea soup like appearance. People should note that such blooms can be a moving target, since wind and wave action can often make a bloom disappear or appear quickly.

For more information check the WI DNR and the state Department of Health Services websites.


2010 Northland Water Safety Workshop

Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 10 am to 3 pm

Lafayette Community Center, 3026 Minnesota Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802

Weather and water safety experts will sponsor a 5 hour conference on water safety in the Northland.

The conference is open to all, but pre-registration is required. Registration form and $15 fee for lunch and the conference must be received by May 25, 2010.


3/22/10: Rain barrel and compost bin truckload sale

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Truckload Sale!

Saturday, May 22, 2010
9 am to 3 pm
Lake Superior College Parking Lot

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team will host a rain barrel and compost bin sale on May 22, 2010 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Lake Superior College parking lot.

55 gallon SYSTERN rain barrels will be available for $50/unit (tax included, a $120 value!) The SYSTERN can be placed under any downspout to collect water for use in yards and gardens. The Earth Machine® compost bin will be sold for $40 (tax included, a $100 value).

VISA, MC, DISCOVER, & checks accepted, while supplies last. First come, first served.

Download the brochure. For more information please call (218) 722-0761 or visit www.wlssd.com.


Public meeting on new zoning regulations to be held May 18

City of Duluth meeting on zoning regulations

The City of Duluth planning Division invites the public to a meeting to discuss the final section of the new zoning regulations, Module 4 of the Unified Development Chapter of the City of Duluth Legislative Code (UDC), on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 6:00 PM in Duluth City Hall, Room 303 (411 West First Street). The Clarion Associates team, which was hired to assist City Planning staff in drafting the new land use regulations, will make a presentation.

More information: Press release | City of Duluth website


Miller Creek reports

Two new Technical Reports on Miller Creek describing work conducted as part of the TMDL study to determine the causes of the excessive temperatures in Miller Creek and the best ways of dealing with the problem.

May 2010

Trout stocking under way in Duluth area

MN DNR trout stocking plans for the Duluth area for May 2010. They are stocked primarily for youth, but may be caught by any age angler.

Tischer Creek ­ 500 brown trout, 600 brook trout;  Chester Creek ­ 320 brook trout, 500 brown trout; Kingsbury Creek ­ 465 brook trout;Midway River ­ 500 brown trout;St. Louis River above Jay Cooke State Park ­ 1,000 brown trout; Twin Ponds (Buckingham Creek) ­ 400 rainbow trout 


Chester Creek Tree Planting

Tree Planting Party at Lower Chester

Help plant 1000 White Pine, Red Pine, White Cedar trees!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 8:00 am

Where: Lower Chester, across from the Burrito Union

Tony Ciardelli (CEO/Epicurean Cutting Surfaces Inc.), and his business partners are looking for conifer lovers (especially white pine) and Chester Park enthusiasts for a tree planting party. This is their company's 3rd annual conifer planting party.

Please bring a spade shovel, clothes you can get dirty and some water to drink.


Lake Superior Full Circle Tour

Find out how Mike & Kate are doing as they hike the entire shoreline of Lake Superior advancing the causes of research, education and environmental conservation.

Full Circle Superior website

Take the Lake Superior Survey


Scoop the Poop Week Flyer

Download the City of Superior's "Scoop the Poop" flyer.

You can learn more about why pet waste is an issue in our Understanding section.


Superior Municipal Forest Multiuse Trail System

Spring is Sprung

Check out these South Shore Lake Superior
recreation & education venues:

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Superior Municipal Forest Multiuse Trail System

Northern Great Lakes Center



So what’s the problem with sweeping sand into the street. Aren’t streets dirty anyway?


Anything on Streets ends up in Creeks! Curbs, gutters and ditches lead to storm sewers. Storm sewers lead to streams and Lake Superior.

Duluth provides a number of neighborhood road sand collection sites every Spring. Check this brochure to find the location nearest you.

Or call (218) 730-4130 for help or more information.

(You can find this brochure and many more on our new Homeowner Stormwater Factsheets page.)


Details - 19 KB pdf

Friday March 19
10:00am to 3:00pm

WLSSD to Host Collection Event
for Unwanted Medication

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
2626 Courtland St., Duluth, MN 55806

Download: Flyer | News Release.


MN Erosion Control Ass'n (MECA)

The Minnesota Erosion Control Association held its 22nd Annual Erosion Control & Stormwater Management Conference & Trade Show! on March 11-12 in St. Cloud. Visit the MECA website to learn more about this organization and their upcoming events and to subscribe to their stormwater course email notification list.


ADSCO logo

Storm Water Seminar
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from 10:00-3:00
at the ADSCO Companies office
Duluth, MN


  • HDPE Storm Sewer Pipe
  • Polypropylene HP Pipe for Sanitary and Storm Sewer
  • Water Quality Devices


  • Nyloplast PVC Catch Basins
  • Inlet Protection
  • Storm Tech Underground Storm water Chambers

More details & registration info

ADSCO is a business and this is not a University, City,
or Regional Stormwater Protection Team (RSPT) sponsored event


Rainwater Harvesting Class

Rainwater Harvesting Course

Offered through: Lake Superior College.

Tuesdays, 2/2/2010 - 2/16/2010, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

This course will explore the topic of rainwater collection and provide information on household systems that, when designed correctly, can positively impact stormwater runoff and dramatically reduce or eliminate water requirements from a well or municipal system. Topics include how to properly design, construct, install and maintain a rainwater or stormwater capture and re-use system, an introduction to hydrology and climate data, water/energy conservation, system components, supply and demand estimation, and system sizing and sanitation. The last class will include a tour of a whole house potable rainwater system and energy/water and "waste" conserving home.

Learn more


Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Management Workshop

Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Workshop
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 9:00-2:00
at the Hermantown City Offices
5105 Maple Grove Rd
Hermantown, MN

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided.

Training Topics:

  • Application Rates of Materials
  • How to Calibrate Equipment
  • Weather Conditions
  • Storing Materials
  • Environmental Effects
  • New Maintenance Methods
  • De-Icing
  • Anti-Icing

This class will help:

  • Save you money
  • Keep our parking lots and sidewalks safe
  • Protect our water
  • Get you CERTIFIED
Don't miss this great opportunity! The registration deadline is January 21st. Here are more details & the registration form .


St. Louis River Alliance

Then St Louis River Alliance held its 15th Annual
Environmental Stewardship and Annual Meeting last night.

Congratulations to all who were nominated and to
those who received this years Environmental Stewardship Awards.



The Autumn/Winter 2009 Stream-Line News is ready.

In this issue:

  - Shoring up the Amity
  - When it rains, it pours (into Amity Creek)
  - Muddy waters cleared at historic Graves Road wash-out site
  - Ron Weber - NE Conservationist Award
  - Great Lakes to get federal funding for protection and restoration

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