Press Room Archive
The Press Room Archive displays our past Press Room posts, recent media coverage and past news releases.

Announcements

Designing Living Shorelines for Northern Climes

Wisconsin Sea Grant is cooperating with Canadian counterparts to develop guidelines and a network of engineers, known as a community of practice, who are interested in living shorelines for cold regions -- and they would like more to join them.


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Groundwater Issues Headline River Talk Series
The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs are starting the sixth year of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary in October. The talk, “Shedding Light on Groundwater,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at the Estuarium (3 Marina Drive, Superior, Wis.). The speaker is Kelsey Prihoda, a researcher with the Lake Superior Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Read more...


Sea Grant-funded research guides proposed South Shore Beach alternatives in Milwaukee

Research done by Wisconsin Sea Grant and the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has informed Milwaukee County officials' exploration of potentially moving South Shore Beach. Research has shown that relocating the beach just 150 meters south of its current spot would significantly improve water quality.

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Milwaukee River Race Proceeds Swimmingly

In the first swim held in the Milwaukee River in potentially 100 years, 68 people entered the water for a mile-and-a-half race called the Cream City Classic. All but one finished, and nobody got sick.

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New Coastal Management Fellow values two-way exchange between scientists and stakeholders
Sea Grant welcomes Dr. Yi Liu, the new J. Philip Keillor Coastal Management-Sea Grant Fellow. Among other duties, she will work on updates to the Coastal Processes Manual. Liu recently completed a doctorate in civil engineering at Virginia Tech. Read more...


Weston scholarships encourage promising undergraduate researchers
Wisconsin Sea Grant is pleased to announce the three newest recipients of the Carl J. Weston Memorial Scholarship: Loretha Jack, Briana Shea and Chelsea Volpano. The scholarship recognizes talented undergraduate researchers working on Sea Grant-supported projects. Read more...


Wisconsin Clean Marina Program Granted a Boatload of Money

A program designed to reduce pollution and protect Wisconsin’s waterways was recently awarded $200,000 from the Fund for Lake Michigan. It’s the Wisconsin Clean Marina Program, which has operated since 2009. The three-year grant will allow for increased staff time and a renewed focus on encouraging more marinas and boatyards in the state to become certified.

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Wisconsin DNR seeking comments on Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking comment on a draft version of its statewide aquatic invasive species management plan. This is the first revision of the plan since it was initially drafted in 2003. The comment period is open now through August 31, 2018.

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Sailing for Science: Educators Learn on Lake Michigan

Sixteen educators from Wisconsin and Minnesota will board the tall ship Denis Sullivan to immerse themselves in Lake Michigan science next week, and will learn more about the communities along it as well as new technologies they can use in their classrooms. Free public tours of the ship are offered.

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Tristano named as Great Lakes Fisheries Fellow
Wisconsin Sea Grant announces the appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Tristano as the J. Philip Keillor Great Lakes Fisheries Fellow. This one-year position is offered in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Read more...


Sea Grant Announces 2019 Finalists for Knauss Fellowship Program
Haley Briel, a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, is among the 2019 class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. Read more...


Summer inspectors help boaters prevent the spread of invasive species in Wisconsin's waters

Summer is a perfect time for Wisconsin boaters to think about responsible boating practices. Simple actions help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The Clean Boats, Clean Waters program educates boaters about those steps.

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Research in Real Life: Two Wisconsin Teachers to Cruise Lake Ontario

Two Wisconsin teachers will join a dozen others from around the Great Lakes on a week-long research cruise on Lake Ontario with scientists. The R/V Lake Guardian will depart from Buffalo, New York, on July 9, ending in Youngstown, New York, on July 15, with stops in ports along the way to learn about the ecology, history and economy of the lake.

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Ozaukee County official and Wisconsin Sea Grant director to appear before House Ocean Caucus on Capitol Hill

James Hurley and Andrew Struck will speak to members of Congress on June 28, 2018. The focus will be on how Sea Grant programs in various regions of the country help coastal communities respond to changing conditions.

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Sea Grant Wins Community Relations Award
Sea Grant won an international communications award for a strong community relations project on green infrastructure.  Read more...


Researchers examine role of commercial diets in raising healthy walleye and saugeye fry in indoor aquaculture systems

Sea Grant-funded research spearheaded by Chris Hartleb holds promise for Wisconsin fish farmers to be able to raise walleye and saugeye in indoor aquaculture systems. Hartleb is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and also directs the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility in Bayfield, Wis.

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Wild Rice is Focus of NOAA Grant, Outreach Efforts in Lake Superior States
NOAA announced recently that the Sea Grant programs in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota will receive funds to create a Manoomin (wild rice) toolkit. Leading the effort in Wisconsin will be Deidre Peroff, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s social scientist. Read more...


Sea Grant research to help Wisconsin fish farmers connect with consumers
Sea Grant-funded researchers have embarked on a study that will help Wisconsin fish farmers understand consumer perceptions of their products. Aquaculture is currently a $21 million industry in the state. Read more...


Cotrone brings lifelong passion for lakes to Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship

Jack Cotrone, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's graduate program in water resources management, is headed to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a one-year fellowship.

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Optimum Timing for Dredging in Great Lakes Harbors Takes a More Scientific Turn

It can’t happen just any old time. Removing sediment from or adding it to harbors to help ships pass or for construction projects is regulated by state and federal rules designed to lessen impacts to the plants and animals living in both marine and fresh water. The Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs are working with partners to apply the best science to the timing of dredging windows for Great Lakes harbors.

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Revving Up a New ROV
A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) can be a useful teaching tool. Minnesota and Wisconsin educators and students were part of the maiden voyage of a new model for Sea Grant.  Read more...


New Podcast Series Highlights Wisconsin Water News

A new podcast series, Wisconsin Water News, highlights stories previously only available in print from Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Water Resources Institute. Series Narrator and Science Communicator Marie Zhuikov brings the stories alive by featuring in-person and phone interviews of the people behind the news.

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News

Wisconsin Sea Grant offers helpful resources for fishing season

Wisconsin’s fishing season is just around the corner, with hook-and-line fishing for many species beginning May 5.

Three resources from Wisconsin Sea Grant can enhance anglers' fishing trips this season. Those resources help anglers have more success catching fish and an easier time identifying what they catch.

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Announcements

Learn about the Estuarium in the River Talk Season Finale

The River Talk series concludes for the season with a talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at the Lake Superior Estuarium (3 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.). Deanna Erickson and Erika Washburn with the Lake Superior Estuarine Research Reserve will present, “The Making of the Estuarium.” Get behind-the-scenes insight into how the Reserve took an unused building on Barker’s Island and turned it into a new public science and interpretive learning center about the St. Louis River Estuary. The talk will also feature information about the Reserve’s new research vessel.

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Researchers use Sea Grant support to study nutrient pollution in Green Bay ecosystem

Michael Zorn, a professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is pursuing research that uses the latest in phosphate-sensing technology to learn more about the compound’s dynamics as it proceeds from Lake Winnebago to Green Bay through the Lower Fox River.

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Coastal management fellow connects interests in water policy, government service

Fresh on the heels of earning a master's degree in water resources management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2017, Faust has begun a 15-month fellowship in coastal management and water policy in Washington, D.C.

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Wisconsin Sea Grant offers legal guidance on watercraft decontamination
Wisconsin Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Law Center are providing guidance to those operating or planning to operate a watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) program in Wisconsin. Read more...


Undergraduate research scholar explores a Dutch innovation with potential for Wisconsin
Undergraduate research scholar Briana Shea has been researching the concept of a "sand motor" and its potential benefits for Lake Michigan beaches. Read more...


Ancient Algae and Plankton Featured in Next River Talk

The River Talk series continues at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at the Lake Superior Estuarium (3 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.). Euan Reavie, senior research associate and Water Initiative associate director with the National Resources Research Institute, will present: “Tiny Fossils Shed Light on the Past and Future of Water Quality.”

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Sea Grant Helps City Clean Up Its Zoning Code “Monster”
The city of Superior is beginning a process this summer, led by Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Julia Noordyk, to review and update city codes and ordinances to reduce stormwater pollution.
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$2.8 Million in Science-Based Projects to Enhance the Great Lakes Economy and Regional Quality of Life
From 2018-20, Sea Grant will commit $2.8 million to research projects on eight state campuses.  Read more...


Your Computer On Water
Help us redesign the Sea Grant website.  Read more...


Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Director Joins Sea Grant Advisory Council
When it comes to Wisconsin’s fisheries, Justine Hasz gets around, and her expertise has now landed her on the Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Council. Read more...


Spiders Featured in Next River Talk

The River Talk series continues this month, but will be held in a different location and day of the week. On Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, (1605 Catlin Ave., Superior, Wis.), Katie LaPlante with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will present “The Search for Superior Spiders.”

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The Art and Science of Sturgeon
A Japanese professor’s concern about the condition of the ocean’s coral reefs translated into a unique melding of freshwater art and science once he found himself in the Great Lakes. Read more...


Always Doing Something With Water: Todd Ambs Joins Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Council

Todd Ambs, director of the Healing Our Waters (HOW)-Great Lakes Coalition, grew up on Michigan’s lakes and rivers. He’s spent the last 25 years focusing on water policy. It’s safe to say that Ambs is attracted to water and to organizations that advocate for it. This has put him in a unique position to be a member of Wisconsin Sea Grant’s advisory council. Learn more about this advocate for the Great Lakes.

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Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes Film Screening and Talk
Join Tim Campbell, aquatic invasive species outreach specialist for UW-Extension and Wisconsin Sea Grant, for a free screening of the two-hour documentary, “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes,” followed by a short question-and-answer session. The screening will take place at 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior (3 Marina Drive). Read more...


Tap Talks at Central Waters Brewery Taps Into Thirst for Science Learning
Sea Grant's Tim Campbell is the successful recipient of an Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant from the UW-Madison. That means in September he will helm a new speaker series called Tap Talks, to be held in a brewery. 
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Muskie Movement Featured in Next River Talk

The River Talk series continues this month at 7 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 14, at the Lake Superior Estuarium (3 Marina Drive, Superior, Wis.). Erin Schaeffer, graduate research assistant at the University of Minnesota, will present: “Muskies on the Move in the St. Louis River Estuary.”

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Providing a “Road Map” for Aquaculture in Wisconsin

If your New Year’s resolution is to start an aquaculture business in Wisconsin, you’re in luck. Wisconsin is one of the only U.S. states that is mapped out with the aquaculture industry in mind. The new mapping tool is available on the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility's web site.

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Wisconsin Sea Grant Staff Members Contribute to Asian Carp Report

The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network has released a report on Asian carp in the Great Lakes region. Two Wisconsin Sea Grant staff members contributed to the report, which includes information on carp life history, movement and behavior, monitoring, control, ecosystem impacts and gaps in current knowledge that need further addressing.

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Interstate Island Terns Featured in Next River Talk

The River Talk series continues this month on Wednesday Jan. 10, 7 p.m. at the Lake Superior Estuarium (3 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.). Annie Bracey, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota and Fred Strand, former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist, will present: “Terns in the Estuary – A Species in Need.” They will focus on Interstate Island, a protected bird nesting site in the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

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Attack Packs Get an Update
A popular teaching tool about aquatic invasive species, the Attack Pack, has received a recent reboot.  Read more...


Researchers Seeking Real-Time and Early-Warning Device for Harmful Algal Blooms
Harmful algal blooms occur around the globe. Milwaukee is the place, though, where researchers are seeking to build, test and get to market a real-time early warning device.  Read more...


Wisconsin Water Resources Science-Policy Fellowship Merges Models, Technology, and Decision-Making for Better Water Quality
Wisconsin’s first-ever full-time postgraduate Water Resources Policy Fellow is wrapping up his work to help water quality managers assess and protect water quality across the state. Alex Latzka worked side-by-side this past year with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) professionals to study and model the amount of sediment (total suspended solids) in streams. Read more to discover the helpful tools he produced.
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Knowledge, Spread Wisely
Keeping Wisconsin water quality pristine is an admirable goal and can be assisted through the use of a tool about the best times to spread manure. Sea Grant has supported work to assess the use of that tool.  Read more...


Find a Fellowship
Check out our flyer for all the details.  Read more...


Two Wisconsin Marinas Awarded Clean Marina Status

Southport Marina in Kenosha and Egg Harbor Marina in Door County were re-certified as clean marinas for another five years by the Wisconsin Marine Association (WMA) at its fall conference on Nov. 14 in Rothschild, Wisconsin. The awards recognize marinas and boatyards that implement numerous green practices to protect water quality, public health and fish and wildlife habitat. 

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Great Lakes Maps Find Their Way Into NOAA Historical Collection
A set of 76 historical Great Lakes charts have made their way into a collection of the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, thanks to the efforts of Wisconsin's Water Library and partners. Read more...


Poster Session Demonstrates Scope and Diversity of UW-Madison’s Water Explorations
A frisson on water-focused excitement ran through a recent poster session on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.  Read more...


Current Cleanup and Restoration Projects Featured in Next River Talk

The River Talk series continues this month on Wednesday Nov. 8, 7 p.m. at the Lake Superior Estuarium (3 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.). Matt Steiger, Area of Concern coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will present: “What’s Happening on the St. Louis River? Current Cleanup and Restoration Projects.”

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Just Add Water . . . New Teaching Tool Focuses on Engineering

Wisconsin Sea Grant educators have come up with a new tool for middle-school teachers and students to use. All it takes is a coat hanger, water and some thought.

The Remotely Operated Vehicle engineering pack, or ROVe pack for short, has students building underwater ROVs in teams with hangers, and figuring out how to keep them underwater with the correct neutral buoyancy. The coat hanger ROV design was first developed by Harry Bohm at the Marine Advance Technology Education Center and Wisconsin Sea Grant Education Specialist Kathy Kline used it to develop a neutral buoyance activity for outreach events.


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Aquaculture's Next Big Thing?

Wisconsin Sea Grant Researchers Hone in on Walleye, Saugeye.

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Phragmites Control Headlines River Talk Series

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs are starting the fifth year of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary in October. Control of the invasive weed, phragmites, in the estuary is the topic of the first River Talk of the 2017-18 season. These informal public talks will be held monthly through May at the Reserve’s new Estuarium interpretive center on Barker’s Island in Superior.

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Watershed Program Journeys Into New Territory
A new summer program for youths in Milwaukee can boast of several “firsts” on a national and local level, plus it formed strong bonds between the instructors and the students. Read more...


World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland
Wisconsin Sea Grant provides support to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, which in turn has supported the work of a new $20 million aquaponics operation raising Atlantic salmon in the northwestern part of the state.  Read more...


Unique Floating Staircases will Allow Park Visitors to Reach the Beach Safely on Lake Michigan

Gene Clark, Wisconsin Sea Grant's coastal engineer, is included in a grant recently funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and led by the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department to design, construct and demonstrate floating staircase sections for a 130-foot bluff in Virmond County Park in Mequan, Wisconsin.  If and when additional bluff movement or erosion happens, the staircases would not be destroyed, and could simply be repositioned so that they are level. 

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Sea Grant Helps Speed up Erosion Solutions for Mt. Pleasant Residents
From 2013 to 2016, Lake Michigan water levels rose four feet. The high water levels affected -- and still are affecting -- the stability of coastal bluffs and beaches. Concerned residents in Mt. Pleasant, Wis., looked for help, and they needed it fast, before the next storm struck and waves did further damage. Learn how Sea Grant and other agencies responded to the crisis. Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Researchers Identify Tracer That Can Track Sewage Effluent in the Great Lakes
Contaminants can travel up to 40 kilometers up the Milwaukee shoreline. Read more...


Swab the Deck and Grab the Microscope: Great Lakes Educators to Sail Lake Michigan

A dozen educators from Minnesota and Wisconsin will set sail on a one-of-a-kind professional development workshop that includes time aboard the sailing vessel Denis Sullivan, August 13-19, 2017, from the Port of Milwaukee. The participants will study Lake Michigan’s food web by collecting, analyzing and interpreting water quality, sediment and zooplankton data.

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Stalking a Fish Virus

Wisconsin Sea Grant research team tracks the location of the deadly viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus.  

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Sea Grant Involvement in New Initiative Will Build Resiliency in 22 Lake Michigan Coastal Communities
Wisconsin Sea Grant will contribute to a new three-year federally funded project to increase resiliency in the face of Lake Michigan water levels, erosion and coastal storms.  Read more...


Tiny Quagga Mussels Have Big Impact on Lake Michigan . . . And Perhaps Climate Change

The tiny quagga mussel has an outsize impact on Lake Michigan. What’s novel about the study team’s work is the exploration of the age-old biological truth: what goes in must come out. They found the invasive mussels’ sheer numbers and feeding efficiency are changing the lake’s ecosystem dynamics. Perhaps the climate, as well.

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Wisconsin Teachers Chosen for Research Cruise on Lake Huron

Three Wisconsin teachers will join a dozen others from around the Great Lakes on a week-long research cruise on Lake Huron with scientists. They’ll be aboard the R/V Lake Guardian for a Shipboard Science Workshop hosted by the Center for Great Lakes Literacy. The cruise departs from Detroit on July 8, returning on July 14, with stops in Port Huron and Alpena.

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But Wait: Now How Much Would You Pay?

Wisconsin Sea Grant researcher quantifies the value of Lake Michigan sports fisheries.

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Wisconsin Teachers and Students Join Expedition to Unlock Lake Michigan Secrets

On June 10, two Wisconsin school teachers and selected elementary and middle school students will get a first-hand view of high-tech tools involved in Lake Michigan science. They will be going out with staff from NOAA programs and the Adler Planetarium on the 50-foot research vessel, Storm, from Manitowoc. They’ll be learning about the technology used to map the lakebed. They will explore a shipwreck with a remotely operated vehicle, and even learn about equipment that could be used to search for a fallen meteor.

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Going Deep
Maritime archaeologists prepare to use cutting-edge ROV tech to survey the S.S. Senator, wrecked in more than 400 feet of water.  Read more...


Fishing for Landslides

The highest water levels in over 30 years on Lake Michigan have caused erosion that threatens people’s homes and property. Wisconsin Sea Grant-funded researchers responded to the problem by developing an instrument that can measure bluff failures and help predict when they might occur.

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Undercurrents – The Hidden Knowledge of Groundwater, New Podcast Series
This podcast series shares the secrets of groundwater, from the earliest myths and conjectures about the mysterious waters that lie beneath our feet, through the scientific breakthroughs in comprehension of groundwater, and out to the front lines with the scientists, specialists and citizens who are working toward understanding and solving the daunting challenge of sustaining our groundwater resources for future generations. Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Student Wins IAGLR Best Poster Award

Nicholas Jordan, a master’s student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was presented with the Best Student Poster Award at the International Association of Great Lakes Research Conference in Detroit in May 2017.

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Underwater Treasure
Backed by Wisconsin Sea Grant, maritime archaeologists survey shipwrecks from the historic Goodrich Line.   Read more...


Marine and Freshwater Librarians to Visit Madison Next Week

A unique group of librarians is holding its first conference in the Great Lakes region next week. They are librarians who specialize in marine and freshwater science topics and who belong to a regional branch of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers. Their conference, “Great Lakes, Great Libraries,” is being held in Madison, May 16-19.

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Sea Grant’s ‘Survey Girl’ is Helping to Establish a Collaborative Stormwater Awareness Campaign for Lake Michigan

She’s been on the job for over a year now, and Wisconsin Sea Grant’s social scientist located in Milwaukee, Deidre Peroff, has found plenty of ways to put her skills to use. One major project she’s working on is designed to collaborate with several stormwater awareness campaigns for people living along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline. 

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Mapping a New Path
UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Scholar Edgar Reyes is creating story map modules based on marine heritage near Manitowoc--and re-mapping his own future in the process.  Read more...


Mercury Research Discussed at Next River Talk

The River Talk series wraps up for the season with a talk about mercury research in the St. Louis River Estuary. On Wed. April 12, 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille (Barker’s Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.), Nate Johnson, University of Minnesota Duluth, will present, “Why do Fish in Some Lakes and Streams Have Unsafe Levels of Mercury and Fish in Others Don’t?”

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Investigating the 'Plankton Conveyor Belt’ and the ‘Sweet Spot’ for Phosphorus Loading in Lake Michigan
A collaborative research project about the impacts of quagga mussels in Lake Michigan has led to more than $1 million in funding for the issue from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Read more...


Wading Into the Water (Thinkers)
Wisconsin Sea Grant social scientist Deidre Peroff ups her involvement with a group looking to engage citizens on water issues.  Read more...


St. Louis River Stories and Science LIVE!

The River Talk for March will be held in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit. Five community members who were featured on the award-winning St. Louis River Stories and Science website will share their stories about how the river has changed during their lifetimes. Mike Anderson, Dorothy Anway, Bob Cragin, Kenny Danelski and Amy Eliot will speak on Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room on the University of Wisconsin-Superior Campus (1605 Catlin Ave., Superior, Wis.). 

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Home Preservation of Fish Series Adds a New Member
Our popular Home Preservation of Fish series welcomes a new fact sheet--planking! Read more...


NOAA Programs are Rooted Across Wisconsin

From underneath the waves to the heights of outer space, six organizations in Wisconsin receive NOAA funding and support and touch many environments in the state. They do so in a way that complements and strengthens the other programs, not duplicating efforts or competing. Read on to discover more about Wisconsin’s six NOAA programs -- how they work together, and how Wisconsin Sea Grant fits into each.

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Time for a Water Slam
Wisconsin Sea Grant teams up with Milwaukee-based Ex Fabula to connect communities through the power of storytelling. Read more...


Hot Enough for Ya?
Wisconsin Sea Grant's Titus Seilheimer spent last summer testing the effectiveness of hot water to kill invasive species in recreational boats. Read more...


Sea Grant Sparks Creative Storytelling for Those With Memory Loss
Sea Grant has contributed to a major new statewide project that will help people with memory loss--through shipwrecks.  Read more...


Harbor Steel Corrosion Discussed at Next River Talk

The River Talk series heads to Superior this month. On Wed. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille (Barker’s Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.), Gene Clark, Wisconsin Sea Grant, and Chad Scott, AMI Consulting Engineers, will present, “Solving the Mystery of Freshwater Steel Corrosion in the Duluth-Superior Harbor.”

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We Wrote the Book
Water Quality Specialist Julia Noordyk has collaborated with 1000 Friends of Wisconsin on a brand-new audit tool to help communities assess the pros, cons and barriers to installing green infrastructure as the means to manage stormwater.  Read more...


Sea Grant Researchers Tackle Issues With Beach Water Quality Testing
Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are working on ways to speed up the processing time and accuracy of beach water-quality samples to help public safety and avoid unnecessary beach closures. Better testing can even help local economies that rely on beach tourists. The researchers have also found that water-quality testers don’t need a Ph.D. in microbiology to perform accurate analyses. Read more...


Sea Grant Wins an International Communications Award
A concise and snappy video featuring highlights of the National Sea Grant College's 50th anniversary recently won an international communications award.  Read more...


It Ain't Easy Being Green (Infrastructure)
Engineering researchers are trying to remove some of the obstacles that prevent more widespread use of green infrastructure and evaluate which green infrastructure strategies are most effective in which areas.  Read more...


Wisconsin Point Dune Restoration Project Discussed at Next River Talk

The River Talk series continues in Duluth this month. On Wed. Jan. 11, 7 p.m. at Iron Mug Coffee & Ale House (1096 88th Ave. W., Duluth, Minn.), Linda Codotte with the city of Superior will present, “Sand Dune Restoration in Wisconsin – What’s the Point?”

 

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New College Course Uses Lake Superior as Climate Change Example

This spring, a new course will present college students who are interested in natural resources management with examples of climate change from the Lake Superior region. The two-part course, offered through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) with funding by Wisconsin Sea Grant, is open to students from other campuses as well.

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Sea Grant Social Scientist to Explore Influence of Severe Weather on the Economically Disadvantaged
Deidre Peroff is the newest extension specialist on staff and one of her first major undertakings is to pair up with a National Weather Service professional to explore how to protect the lives and property of those less advantaged in Milwaukee in the face of severe weather.  Read more...


Researchers Find Meteotsunamis are an Underrated Hazard in the Great Lakes

A team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has found that small, one-foot, tsunamis caused by thunderstorms (meteotsunamis) happen more than 100 times per year on the Great Lakes. Also, larger meteotsunamis of nearly three feet occur once per year on average. Meteotsunamis are single waves similar to, but smaller than, tsunamis caused by earthquakes or landslides. Instead of being caused by seismic activity, meteotsunamis are formed by strong storms that move over the water.

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Find a Fellowship
There is a jackpot of fellowship opportunities available right now, with some open until February.  Read more...


Learn About Wisconsin's Water Wealth at Sauk Prairie Library
The traveling photography display that tells the story of Wisconsin's water wealth makes a month-long stop at the Sauk Prairie Public Library for December. Read more...


Thanksgiving for Wisconsin’s Waters
Thanksgiving 2016 provides the perfect opportunity to consider gratitude for Wisconsin's extensive water riches.  Read more...


Tracking Ghost Nets, Part Two

A new NOAA grant funds more outreach—this time, to a different stakeholder group.

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Wisconsin Expands Its Roster of Clean Marinas
The first week of November, a Bayfield marina became Wisconsin's 21st clean marina. An additional six marinas were recertified at an event in Rothschild.  Read more...


Growing Power’s Will Allen Joins Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Advisory Council

The urban farming pioneer brings a fresh and important perspective.

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Atlantic Salmon on the Horizon for Aquaculture in Wisconsin and North America
Valuable, and rare, salmon broodstock, are opening a new aquaculture frontier in Wisconsin, and beyond.  Read more...


Piping Plover Restoration is Topic for Next River Talk

The River Talk series continues in Duluth this month. On Wed. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. at Black Woods Grill & Bar (2525 London Rd.) Kris Eilers with the St. Louis River Alliance will present, “Creating a Perfect Plover Place.”

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In Muskego? Visit the Traveling Water Display
In the month of November, the public library in Muskego is hosting the traveling water display.  Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Invites Milwaukee-area Residents to Discuss Possible Responses to Changing Lake Michigan Water Levels and Vulnerable Coastal Bluffs/Ravines
The meeting is part of an ongoing study regarding changing Lake Michigan water levels and coastal bluff management. Read more...


What Happens When a Lake Trout Survives a Sea Lamprey Attack?
Tyler Firkus, a fish and wildlife Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University, is undertaking an ambitious research project to study what happens to lake trout that survive attacks by sea lamprey. The study will help Great Lakes fishery managers better understand this stressor to the fish population. Read more...


We [Heart] Actinobacteria
Backed by funding from Wisconsin Sea Grant, UW-Madison researcher Trina McMahon has become the worldwide authority on the key bacteria in freshwater lakes. Read more...


West Bend Hosts Water of Wisconsin Photography Display in October
West Bend is playing host to a photography display and informative panel exhibit about the wealth of water in Wisconsin and its many uses.  Read more...


Capitol Hill Coastal Economic Resiliency Briefing Draws Crowd

A briefing on Sept. 21, sponsored by the Sea Grant Association in cooperation with The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, featured Jim Sharrow with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority as one of three speakers. 

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New Lake Herring Aquaculture Manual Provides Direction for Restoration Programs

A big barrier to restocking Lake herring (cisco) in the Great Lakes is that few facilities know how to raise them. Enter the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (UWSP NADF) in Red Cliff, Wis. They’ve just released an “Intensive Culture Manual” about lake herring. The manual is the culmination of three years of research into how to raise the fish, plus experience that the staff had with herring from previous projects.

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Plastic Pollution Headlines River Talk Series

The first River Talk of the season, “Big and Small: Plastic Garbage in the St. Louis River, Great Lakes and Pacific Ocean,” is scheduled for Wed., Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Iron Mug Coffee & Ale House (1096 88th Ave. W., Duluth, Minn.), Lorena Rios Mendoza, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, will describe her research project about micro- and macroplastics in the St. Louis River and other waterways.

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Art and Science and Water Talk on Madison Campus
Scientist Steve Carpenter and artist Sarah FitzSimons will offer a talk on Oct. 21 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Read more...


Sea Grant Photography Project Focuses Kids on Water

An underwater photography project designed to engage troubled children in freshwater science is showing such success that the founders are working to expand its reach to youths in coastal communities.

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Wisconsin Water Library Improves Its Online Presence
The Wisconsin Water Library is relaunched with a new look and improved navigation. What hasn't changed is the library's mission to share water resources with all state residents. Read more...


Surrender, Don't Release
An Oct. 1 Habitattitude event aims to help owners of unwanted exotic pets Read more...


Capitol Hill Briefing on Coastal Economic Resiliency Planned

Jim Sharrow with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority will be one of three speakers on Capitol Hill on Sept. 21. Sharrow, director of port planning and resiliency, will speak about the port’s successful economic activities and his work with both the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs on the beneficial reuse of dredged material and finding answers to the issue of freshwater corrosion of steel structures in the harbor.

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A Fall Filled With Aquaculture
Wisconsin Sea Grant is sponsoring a seminar series and a two-day conference aimed at educating students, would-be fish farmers and the public about aquaculture and aquaponics.   Read more...


Joe Dwyer: Improving Wisconsin's Coastal Access
New 2016 NOAA Coastal Management Fellow will use technology, stakeholder engagement to imrprove the state's coastal tourism. Read more...


Switching from Lakes to Streams: Alex Latzka, New Water Resources Policy Fellow
Although he grew up in Massachusetts, Alex Latzka fell in love with Wisconsin’s lakes and streams when visiting relatives in his youth. That love led him to receive a Ph.D. in freshwater and marine sciences, and his current post as Wisconsin’s first full-time postgraduate Water Resources Policy Fellow. Read more...


Sea Grant to Offer Community Engagement Student Training
Sea Grant will offer the students it supports training to prepare them to amplify science’s impact, engage with stakeholders and assist science-based decision making. Read more...


Doors Are Opening for 2016 Weston Scholarship Winner
Congratulations, Cristal Sanchez-Estrada, the 2016 Weston Scholarship winner. She's got quite a story.  Read more...


Great Lakes Educators to Sail in Duluth Tall Ships Festival’s Parade of Sail

Educators from Wisconsin and Minnesota will be sailing aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan as part of a unique professional development workshop offered by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network’s Center for Great Lakes Literacy with financial support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The six-day, five-night workshop from August 13-18 begins in Milwaukee and ends in Duluth when the Sullivan sails into the harbor as part of the Duluth Tall Ships Festival’s Parade of Sail.

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Aug. 17 Public Meeting on Lake Michigan Bluffs/Higher Water Levels
The third meeting in a series to gather public input on Lake Michigan's higher water levels and the implications for coastal bluff stability and nearby ravines will take place on Aug. 17 in Bayside, Wis.  Read more...


Wisconsin's 2017 Knauss Fellow Finalist: Danielle Cloutier
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Wisconsin Maritime Museum Hosts Photo Display
The Wisconsin Maritime Museum has a new exhibit, Wisconsin's Underwater Treasures. For the month of August, the Sea Grant and Water Resources Institute's photo display will be installed as well, providing an ideal complement to the exhibit.  Read more...


Danielle Cloutier: Policy Opens the Possibilities
Danielle Cloutier always knew she wanted to be a scientist. Now she'll get the chance to make a difference, too.  Read more...


A Ray of Light
How quickly can sunlight break down contaminants in the St. Louis River Estuary? A Wisconsin Sea Grant-funded researcher aims to find out.  Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Hosts Public Meeting to Discuss Changing Lake Michigan Water Levels and Coastal Bluffs
As part of an ongoing project, Sea Grant will host a public meeting about rising Lake Michigan water levels and what that means for people who live and recreate along the shore.  Read more...


First Keillor Fellow in Place: Adam Bechle

Former Coastal Engineer Phil Keillor's legacy was renewed when Adam Bechle, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, started work as the first J. Philip Keillor Science-Policy Fellow. Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program created this opportunity to honor Keillor and to continue his work.

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Wisconsin Teachers Trade Whiteboards for Whitecaps

Five Wisconsin teachers will be plying the waters of Lake Superior this summer in the name of Great Lakes science literacy. The teachers will join 10 others as part of a Shipboard Science Workshop aboard the R/V Lake Guardian that departs from Duluth, Minn., on July 9 for six days. 

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4th of July Great Lakes Beachgoers Will Find Safer Waters Thanks to Wisconsin Sea Grant
Sea Grant has played a role in making beaches healthier with real-time water-quality analyses.  Read more...


Green Lake in July is the Place to Find the Photo Display
Green Lake residents will have the opportunity to visit the Sea Grant and Water Resources Institute display about water in the month of July as the library there plays host.  Read more...


Walleye in Waiting
By combining the best available research, a Wisconsin Sea Grant-backed team seeks to make an old fish a new star of the aquaculture universe. Read more...


Connect With Wisconsin Fish, and Their Fishers and Growers
The eatwisconsinfish.org website relaunches with vibrant images, tasty recipes, a map for where fish lovers can purchase a meal and nutrition facts.  Read more...


Stop the Spiny!
A new and unusual video aims to stop the spread of an aquatic invasive species that's damaging local lakes.  Read more...


June 15 Public Meeting on Lake Michigan Bluff Failure
Changes to zoning laws and rising Lake Michigan water levels can have an effect on the towering bluffs of Lake Michigan in northern Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.  Read more...


Michael Polich: Determined to Make a Difference
2016 Great Lakes Commission Fellow Michael Polich has set himself up for success. Read more...


Returning to the Scene of the Shipwrecks
A participant in a diving field school last fall, graduate student Tori Kiefer is back to help a new set of students learn the joy of surveying shipwrecks.   Read more...


Speak Up - You Have a Stake in the Lakes
Sea Grant is developing a four-year strategic plan and is circulating a survey about Great Lakes' needs.  Read more...


Two Beach Projects Designed to Save Lives in the Great Lakes
Just in time for National Beach Safety Week and Rip Current Awareness Week June 4-11, beaches on lakes Superior and Michigan will be safer thanks to continuation of two projects designed to increase awareness and safety measures for rip currents. Read more...


The Student Side of Sea Grant
Students are an important part of almost every project Wisconsin Sea Grant supports. Now there's an online resource to help students--past, present and future--connect with each other. Read more...


Eagle River Library to Host Wisconsin Water Photo Display

The Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River will  host the Wisconsin Water Photo Display for the month of June. 

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River Talks Season Finale Focuses on 21st Ave. West Project

The monthly River Talk series concludes in Duluth on Wed. May 25, 7 p.m. at Vikre Distillery (525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 102, Duluth, Minn.). Dan Carlson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present, “Mucking Around in the Harbor: The 21st Avenue West Project.”

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Sea Grant Advisory Board Member Spearheads Lake Superior Conservation; Group Receives Award
Al House is a member of the Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Board. He is also president of the Lake Superior Sport Fishermen's Association, which just received a statewide award.  Read more...


Joe Fitzgerald: From Plankton Guy to Water Resources Policy Economist
Wisconsin Sea Grant student, Joe Fitzgerald, spent the past two years working with Northland College Professor Randy Lehr collecting plankton. He hopes one day to focus on water resources policy and economics. Not bad for a student who started out as an assistant custodian in the lab where he is now a research scientist! Read more...


Tsunamis From the Sky: Spring is Prime Time for Meteotsunamis in Lake Michigan

As if worrying about life-threatening rip currents, seiches, storm surges and rogue waves on the Great Lakes wasn’t enough, now Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers are learning more about yet another cause for concern: meteotsunamis.

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Take the Poly Pledge: Art Students Hold Event to Encourage Use of Canvas Bags vs. Plastic Bags

Two UW-Madison students have combined their concerns about plastic and passions for art into a public art and science event taking place on Friday, April 29, 5 p.m. at B62 Goodnight Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. 

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Radio Tower Bay Restoration is Topic of April River Talk

The monthly River Talk continues in Duluth this month. On Wed. April 27, 7 p.m. at Vikre Distillery (525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 102, Duluth, Minn.), Martha Minchak with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will present, “Radio Tower Bay to 'Restoration Bay.’ ”

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2016 Undergraduate Research Scholars Tackle Interactive Digital Maps
UW-Madison freshmen Halle Lambeau and Stephanie Schimdt get a taste of research that might someday inform their careers. Read more...


Shelby LaBuhn--Love of Math and Nature Leads Student to Lake Michigan Mud

Shelby LaBuhn grew up playing in the forests of Michigan’s rural “thumb.” Although she liked math more than science, when it came time to choose her undergraduate degree, her experience in nature tipped the scales. “The forest was my world,” LaBuhn said. “That got me interested in environmental sciences and wanting to protect that at an early age.”

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March River Talk Highlights Mammal Cams

The monthly River Talk series heads over to the Duluth side of the river this month. On Wed. Mar. 30, 7 p.m. at Vikre Distillery (525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 102, Duluth, Minn.), Bryn Evans, a University of Wisconsin-Madison wildlife ecology graduate student, will present, “Smile, You’re on Candid Camera! Mammal Cams in the Estuary.”

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New Advisory Council Member Spends Time in the Dead Zone
Where lakes and water are concerned, J. Val Klump gets around. Klump, the newest addition to Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Advisory Council, has traveled the world researching large lakes, including Lake Baikal in Russia. Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant to Invest $3.9 Million in Science-Based Projects to Enhance the Great Lakes Economy and Regional Quality of Life
In a new research cycle, 19 projects will be supported across Wisconsin and to the benefit of the Great Lakes and coastal communities.  Read more...


February River Talk Puts a Dollar Value on the Watershed

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille (Barker’s Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.). Nancy Schudlt, water projects coordinator with the Fond du Lac Band will present, “The Value of Nature’s Benefits in the St. Louis River Watershed.”

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Free Webinar Series on Oil Transport in the Great Lakes
Wisconsin Sea Grant's water quality specialist is a member of a work group on oil transport in the Great Lakes area. Now, there's a free webinar series on the topic. Oil moves to and through the Great Lakes Basin by truck, rail and pipeline. Though pipelines are the preferred and more heavily used mode of transportation, some have objected to their use and specific routes due to environmental concerns.  Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Researcher Speaks About Chequamegon Bay Climate Change Projects at UMD

Wisconsin Sea Grant Researcher and Northland College Professor, Randy Lehr, was in Duluth on Feb. 2, speaking about his climate change research in the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior and a new integrated assessment project he’s starting for the same area.

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Teachers Can Trade Whiteboards for Whitecaps
From July 15-19, 4th-10th grade teachers and non-formal educators from a Great Lakes state can take advantage of the opportunity to spend time on the U.S. EPA's research vessel the Lake Guardian. The application deadline is March 2. Read more...


The Lake Sturgeon Bowl, Where Numbers Other Than the Final Score Matter
Lots of numbers were flying around the 2016 Lake Sturgeon Bowl, which took place the first weekend in February. It's a qualifying round for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition designed for high school students. Read more...


Dredging in the St. Louis River Estuary – From “Spoils” to Soils
Dredging has a long history in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Gene Clark, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s coastal engineer, explains that history and current challenges. Read more...


Wisconsin's New Water Fellowships
Two new fellowships in water and water policy are available, beginning in summer 2016. Read more...


Water Photography Display Makes Its Way to New Berlin
New Berlin's library will host the Sea Grant and Water Resources photography display for the month of February. Read more...


Clough Island and Hudson Bay Trip Featured in Next Two River Talks

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed. Jan. 27, 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille. Molly Wick with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will present, “Next Stop, Clough Island: A Story of Conservation and Restoration in the Heart of the St. Louis River Estuary.”

 A special bonus River Talk that features a different river than usual will be held on Wed. Feb 3, 7 p.m. in the Erlenbach Lecture Hall, first floor of Swenson Hall, University of Wisconsin Superior. Adventurer Natalie Warren will present, “Hudson Bay Bound.” 

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Deidre Peroff: New Wisconsin Sea Grant Social Scientist
Wisconsin Sea Grant’s former (and first) social scientist, Jane Harrison, departed to work for North Carolina Sea Grant a few months ago. In a trade-off by chance, the program’s new social scientist, Deidre Peroff, is coming to Wisconsin Sea Grant from North Carolina Read more...


New “Fingerprinting” Tool Determines Great Lakes Mercury Sources

Wisconsin Sea Grant Director James Hurley was part of a team of researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison who have developed a technique to distinguish where mercury comes from in the Great Lakes. The chemical “fingerprinting” technique can also be applied elsewhere.

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Milwaukee Waterways are a “Hotspot” for Antibiotic Resistance
Water and sediment in the three rivers that converge in Milwaukee, Wis., and the city harbor contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria in greater amounts than in bacteria isolated from the city’s hospitals, a Wisconsin Sea Grant researcher and her colleagues have found. The researchers are concerned these environmental “hotspots” for drug-resistant bacteria could harm human health by increasing the incidence of bacterial resistance in medical centers, and they urge people not to use antimicrobial products in their homes. Read more...


Monona Public Library to Host Wisconsin Water Photo Display
The traveling photography display that celebrates Wisconsin's waters will make a stop at the Monona Public Library for the month of January.  Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Honors Philip Keillor With New Named Fellowship
Beginning in 2016, the one-year fellowship will provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy. Read more...


Thankful for Wisconsin Water? In 2015, Some Care and Attention Paid Off
As Thanksgiving 2015 approaches, take a moment to be thankful for Wisconsin's water resources.  Read more...


River Talk Sponsors Tell Their Stories
The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed. Nov. 18, 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille (Barker’s Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.) Erika Washburn, director of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve; Jen Hauxwell, assistant director for research and student engagement for Wisconsin Sea Grant; and Jesse Schomberg, interim co-director of Minnesota Sea Grant will present, “The Story Behind the River Talk Sponsors: What the Heck is a National Estuarine Research Reserve and a Sea Grant?” Read more...


Wisconsin Researchers Study “Rogue Waves” Like Ones Thought to Have Sunk the Fitzgerald
Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers have found that the sandstone bluffs in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore increase in the probability for rogue waves by reflecting and focusing wave energy. They also found that if one rogue wave was observed, others aren't far behind. Read more...


River Talk Series Begins With Climate Change

Our informal “River Talks” for 2015-16 begin in October and will be held monthly through February at the Barker’s Waterfront Grille at Barker’s Island Inn in Superior, Wis., then will move across the estuary to the Vikre Distillery in Duluth, Minn. The series will end for the year in May.

The first River Talk, “Bringing Climate Change Home: Implications for the Twin Ports,” is scheduled for Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Barker’s Waterfront Grille (Barker’s Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.) Hilarie Sorensen with Minnesota Sea Grant will discuss the effects of climate change on the St. Louis River.

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Beauty Contained: New Video Offers Advice on Preventing Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species through Water Gardens
The 12-minute video, produced by Wisconsin Sea Grant, contains important tips and resources for businesses that deal with water gardens.  Read more...


Wisconsin Lends Expertise to Certify a Clean Marina in a Neighboring State
For the first time ever, Wisconsin has lent its expertise to certifying a marina as clean in a neighboring state. Iowa does not have its own Clean Marina Program and turned to the Badger State for some assistance. Now, there's a Dubuque clean marina.  Read more...


St. Louis River Watershed Workshop Project Awarded Funding

Our David Hart and three co-investigators successfully submitted a proposal to NOAA to conduct a pilot workshop about ecosystem services in the St. Louis River watershed and western Lake Superior region, spanning the border of northwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota.

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New National Marine Sanctuary Much Closer to a Berth in Wisconsin
President Obama announced in early October that a new National Marine Sanctuary, the first 15 years, is moving forward in Wisconsin. The announcement is based, in large measure, on the shipwreck work Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Historical Society have long collaborated on.  Read more...


Safer Lake Michigan Surf Thanks to New Academic and Governmental Partnership

Lake Michigan real-time rip current and wave conditions will be available through a NOAA Coastal Storms Program grant, Sea Grant expertise and other partners. 

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St. Louis River Estuary Website Wins Regional Award

A website that blends personal stories with scientific information about the St. Louis River Estuary in Minnesota and Wisconsin earned an Outstanding Programming Award from the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The award was presented to Sea Grant staff from Minnesota and Wisconsin during the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Conference in Burlington, Vt.

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Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail Conference Set for September
Fisheries Specialist Titus Seilheimer is working on a conference for coastal leaders to capitalize on past, present and future fisheries as a tourism opportunity. Read more...


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.

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Teachers Aid Instructors During Shipboard Science Workshop
Although 15 teachers went aboard the R/V Lake Guardian to learn last month, at least one group of them ended up helping the instructors who were there to teach them more about aquatic research, and they aided a Wisconsin Sea Grant project to boot. Read more...


Successful Sea Caves Watch Project Saves Lives, Changes Hands

A public safety project designed to prevent kayaking tragedies at the popular mainland sea caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has been turned over by the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the National Park Service and several partners. SeaCavesWatch.org is a real-time wave observation system that provides webcam photos and wave height, water temperature and wind speed data to kayakers, who can access the website before venturing out on Lake Superior to the sea caves.

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Social Scientist Switches Sea Grants
Wisconsin Sea Grant's first-ever social scientist, Jane Harrison, is leaving to join North Carolina Sea Grant's staff. Read more...


New Video Highlights Water Facts
The Wisconsin Water Library is a wonderful asset to Wisconsin Sea Grant and, in turn, the library celebrates some of Wisconsin's water assets through a new video. Read more...


A Wetland's Worth
A team of UW-Green Bay researchers is charting the nearshore linkages between coastal wetlands and sports fish.  Read more...


How the St. Louis River Estuary Works Backwards

A joint Wisconsin/Minnesota Sea Grant-funded research project on the St. Louis River Estuary has found a surprising result. The two-year study, which involved several researchers, looked into nutrient levels and water chemistry in the estuary. When it comes to nitrogen removal in the water, the estuary seems to be working backwards.

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Lodi Middle School Teacher Chosen for Lake Michigan Shipboard Workshop
Michelle Howe, a science teacher at Lodi Middle School, will participate in a unique opportunity to study Lake Michigan. During July, Howe will join 14 other teachers on the Lake Guardian, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s research vessel for the week-long Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop. Read more...


Gaming the Green Stuff
Erica Young set out to show that Lake Michigan Cladophora could be used to bioremediate wastewater effluent. Her research ended up in an unexpected place.  Read more...


New Great Lakes Climate Change Tool Sparks Conversation and Planning in Coastal Communities
Sea Grant climate change educators in the Great Lakes states have taken a tool developed in Mississippi-Alabama and adapted it for communities along the shores of our freshwater seas to use in preparing for the impacts of weather disruption. Read more...


Communications Work Captures National Awards

Two Wisconsin Sea Grant communications projects--the 2012-14 Biennial Report and the Eat Wisconsin Fish campaign--recently won national awards. 

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Poetry and Photography Featured in June River Talk

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., June 10, 5:30 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Julie Gard, assistant professor of writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and photographer Ava Battocchio will present, “Pollution, Poetry and Photography: Celebrating the River’s Restoration Through Words and Images.”

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New Educational Video Helps Anglers Avoid the Trap of Commercial, Tribal Ghost Nets
In this new 13-minute safety video, boaters can learn how to identify marked fishing nets, and what to do if they become entangled.     Read more...


Great Lakes Fish Will be in Spotlight at National “Fish Fry”
For what is believed to be the first time ever, Great Lakes fish will make an appearance at a national "fish fry" in Washington, D.C., thanks to Wisconsin Sea Grant Read more...


What's the Value of Sports Fishing?
Wisconsin Sea Grant researcher aims to create economic and behavioral models that quantify the value of sports fishing in the Great Lakes--and help predict anglers' future behavior. Read more...


Estuary Benefits Featured in May River Talk

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., May 20, 7 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Robert Sterner, director of the Large Lakes Observatory will present, “Researching the Invisible Ways Estuaries Benefit Us.”

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Spotlighted Through New Grant: Fish From Wisconsin’s Sustainable Aquaculture Operations and the Great Lakes
Wisconsin Sea Grant secured a new Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant to strengthen ties among Wisconsin fish producers, fish sellers and consumers.  Read more...


Be Current Smart: New Water Safety Tips for Swimmers

To encourage water safety, partners in Wisconsin and throughout the Great Lakes are hitting the beaches at the end of May with new emergency rescue equipment like ring buoys and life jackets as part of the campaign: Be Current Smart. In addition to the equipment, the campaign includes water safety tips tailored to Wisconsin and other states in the region.

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UW Board of Regents Recognizes Sea Grant's Coastal Engineer
Our Gene Clark is getting some well-deserved attention for his work. Read more...


Kate Ballard: From Sea Grant Scholar to NASA Statistician

Kate Ballard is a data scientist. Eight months ago, the former Weston Scholar and Sea Grant student landed a job as a statistician at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center in Virginia.

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One Step Closer to Curbing Columnaris
A pair of Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers are unraveling the mysteries of one of commercial aquaculture's greatest bacterial threats--is a vaccine on the horizon? Read more...


Maps Featured in April River Talk
The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., Apr. 15, 7 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Tom Hollenhorst with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present, “Remembering the Cultural History of the St. Louis River Estuary Through Maps. Read more...


New, Free Podcast Series Demystifies Wisconsin Aquifers and Watersheds

Water flows both above and below ground, traveling through watersheds on the land surface and infiltrating the soil to flow through underground aquifers. In fact, 25 percent of the world’s freshwater supply is contained in the lithosphere - the top 60 miles of earth beneath our feet. A new, free podcast series produced by the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute demystifies two fundamental concepts of the physical geography of water – aquifers and watersheds.

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New Advisory Council Member is a Familiar Face
Dreux Watermolen has a long-standing relationship with Wisconsin Sea Grant.. Read more...


River Talk to Feature Two Talks in March

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., Mar. 18, 7 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Caitie McCoy with Illinois Indiana Sea Grant will present, “Restoring the Spirit to the River: The U.S. Steel Superfund Site on Spirit Lake.”

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.”
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Sue Zanne Tan: A Former Weston Scholar Engineers Microorganisms at MIT

In 2010, Sue Zanne Tan received the Carl J. Weston Memorial Scholarship, an annual award given to promising undergraduate students working on Aquatic Sciences Center-supported projects. Now, five years later, her scientific exploration continues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

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Matt Kornis: Former Sea Grant Student Now Works With Millions of Fish

Matt Kornis’s mother likes to tell the story of how they would walk in the neighborhood when Matt was two and he would pick up a stick to “fish” for leaves in puddles. Later, in college, his love for water, fish and the outdoors won out over his interest in molecular biology, leading to his current job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Green Bay, Wis. Kornis is a fish biologist and data analyst with the Great Lakes Mass Marking Program, a multi-agency study across the Great Lakes that involves implanting coded wire tags into millions of stocked fish each year to help assess the effectiveness of the stocking program for lake trout and Chinook salmon.

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Gobies Compete With Each Other When Crowded, Sparing Native Fishes
It seems counter-intuitive, but Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers have found that an invasive fish, the round goby, may have greater impacts on native fishes when there are fewer gobies rather than gobs of gobies. Read more...


River Talk Focuses on the River Corridor Project

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Hansi Johnson with the Minnesota Land Trust and Diane Desotelle with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will present, “Making the St. Louis River Hip: The River Corridor Project.”

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The Wisconsin Shark Lady – Krystan Wilkinson

When Krystan Wilkinson of Middleton, Wis., was eight, she read a book about Eugenie Clark, a shark researcher and founding director of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. The “Shark Lady” story sparked Wilkinson’s early interest in sharks. But it took a combination of time, opportunity and place for her to pursue that interest.

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River Talk Focuses on Geology

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Learning Center (3 Marina Dr., Barker’s Island, Superior, Wis.). Andrew Breckenridge, associate professor in the Natural Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, will present, “Formation Story: How the St. Louis River Came to Be, Geologically.”

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Set Sail on Lake Michigan for a Week-long Educator Workshop
Teachers and non-formal educators can set a course for adventure and professional development this summer with a weeklong workshop aboard the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research vessel Lake Guardian. The Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop will give teachers grades 4-12 a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work alongside scientists as they conduct field research across Lake Michigan. Read more...


Mussel Bound: Researcher Studies Invasives' Role in Spreading Antibiotic-Resistant Genes in Lake Michigan
The millions of zebra and quagga mussels that have colonized the lake concentrate bacteria the same way discharge from wastewater treatment plants does--and provide an environment for ARGs. Read more...


Landlocked Wisconsin Teachers Make Use of Aquatic Education Opportunities Provided by Sea Grant to Benefit Students and Other Teachers

Two Wisconsin teachers, Lynn Kurth and Cindy Byers, have made exceptional use of the educational resources that Sea Grant has to offer and it’s led to bigger and better things for both them, their students, and other teachers across the country.

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Website Offers the Stories and Science Surrounding the St. Louis River Estuary

To residents like Bob Cragin, the St. Louis River, which forms a far northwest border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, transcends cultural and political boundaries. To others like Lynelle Hanson, the river provides a home for birds and the opportunity to educate children about nature. Their stories and others are presented along with information and examples of scientific work going on in the St. Louis River in a new website: stlouisriverestuary.org.

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Hurley Begins Term as President-Elect of National Sea Grant Association
He'll assume the SGA presidency beginning in 2017.  Read more...


Habitattitude Partner Rescues a Wild 'Kingdom'
Things are looking up for Kingdom Animalia's Jamie Kozloski, who works with Wisconsin Sea Grant to spread the message that exotic pet owners shouldn't release their unwanted pets into the wild. Read more...


Hart Named Aquatic Sciences Center’s Assistant Director for Extension
Although the University of Wisconsin’s Aquatic Sciences Center looked thoroughly, it didn’t have to look far for the next assistant director for extension for the Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. Twenty-year Wisconsin Sea Grant employee David Hart has been chosen for the position. Read more...


Adam Mednick Shows Beach Managers a New Way to Monitor Water Quality
Beach nowcasting could make issuing beach health advisories and closing notices significantly more efficient.   Read more...


Wisconsin Fish to Take Over Menu Fri., Dec. 5 at Milwaukee's Braise Restaurant
One of Milwaukee's hottest chefs will work his magic on arctic char, lake trout and caught and raised in Wisconsin.   Read more...


Lake Sturgeon “Thunder” Research Published
The lake sturgeon is one tough survivor, having been on the planet for at least 150 million years. Just-published data, supported by Sea Grant, demonstrates that sound may play a role in that staying power.  Read more...


Researchers Tackle Climate Change Impacts to Chequamegon Bay Area
Wisconsin Sea Grant Researcher Randy Lehr, with Northland College, and his team are developing computer models to help predict the impacts of climate change on the Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior. Read more...


Time to Eat Wisconsin Fish at Palmyra's Rushing Waters
Next week, you have the opportunity to taste wild Great Lakes and Wisconsin farm-raised fish--and get your local fish questions answered by experts. Read more...


Name That ROV
Got a catchy name for our hardworking educational remotely operated vehicle? Send it our way.  Read more...


With New Website, Explore Wisconsin Shipwrecks While Staying Dry
Explore 760 Wisconsin Great Lakes shipwrecks from dry land by visiting the just-launched wisconsinshipwrecks.org site.  Read more...


River Talk to Focus on Wisconsin Point

November's River Talk has been postponed until Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m. at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Learning Center (3 Marina Dr., Superior, Wis.)

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

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Aquatic Sciences Center Names Hauxwell Assistant Director for Research and Student Engagement
Hauxwell brings a wealth of experience and expertise, plans to focus on communication and actionable science. Read more...


River Talk Series Begins With Business Panel

 The first River Talk, “An Industrious River: How Business Relies on Fresh Water,” is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Red Mug (916 Hammond Ave, Superior, Wis.) Panelists are Emily Vikre, Vikre Distillery; Charlie Studuhar, Spirit Lake Marina; and Heather Holmes, North Shore Stand Up Paddleboarding.

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Meet the 2015 Knauss Fellows, Part Three: Kristina Surfus
The third of UW Sea Grant's 2015 Knauss Marine Policy fellows is drawn to water in every way.  Read more...


New Advisory Council Member Zeroes in on Urban Water Quality
Carrie Bristoll-Groll has made a career out of improving urban infrastructure and educating the public on how they can prevent flooding and improve their beaches and water quality. Read more...


Water Researchers Give Back Through Unique Program for Grandparents and Grandchildren

Each summer for the past six years, Bill Sonzogni and Jim Peterson have been teaching parts of a limnology (the study of lakes) class to grandparents and their grandchildren. The class is part of the popular Grandparents University, which is offered by the Wisconsin Alumni Association and in which Wisconsin Sea Grant participates. What these students might not realize is that, between Sonzogni and Peterson, they are on the receiving end of nearly 100 years of experience in water issues.

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Meet the 2015 Knauss Fellows, Part Two: Catherine Simons
The second of UW Sea Grant's 2015 Knauss Marion Policy Fellows refuses to let obstacles stand in her way. Read more...


Searching for Wisconsin's Stone History
Maritime archaeologists survey the docks and timber cribs of the 19th-century brownstone quarries at Stockton, Basswood and Hermit Islands.  Read more...


Research Leading to Protection of the Duluth-Superior Port Wins National Award
The Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs are winners of major national research award. Read more...


New Advisory Council Member Hopes to Improve People’s Connections to the Great Lakes
Meet Sharon Cook, our newest advisory council member. Sharon is unusually connected to the Great Lakes. She lives two blocks from Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. She tutors a fourth-grade class once a week at a school with a Great Lakes focus. And she has literally immersed herself in Lake Michigan -- diving down fifty feet to the shipwreck that claimed the life of her great-great-grandmother and great-aunt. Read more...


Tackling the Problem of Ghost Nets
Using money from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, UW Sea Grant partners to educate commercial and tribal fishermen about the dangers of unmoored gill nets in Lake Superior--and what do do when they become entangled in one. Read more...


Meet the 2015 Knauss Fellows, Part One: Caroline Mosley
The first of UW Sea Grant's three 2015 Knauss Marine Policy Fellows is a dynamo who's always expanding her horizons. Read more...


Reach the Beach
Researcher Greg Kleinheinz aims to assess whether redesigning beaches has an impact on reducing contamination.  Read more...


Researchers Find That Dioxin Exposure Can Impact Fish Noses and Reproductive Tracts

A Wisconsin Sea Grant-funded researcher has found that dioxin exposure can negatively impact the nose tissue and sexual development of rainbow trout and zebrafish.

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NOAA Partners Rescue NOAA Mascot

If you’ve ever seen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Sea Grant logo, you’ve probably noticed a gull is part of it. Recently, two NOAA partners seized a chance to give a gull a helping hand.

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Liebmann Assumes Role as New Assistant Director for Operations
She brings years of internal experience to a newly created role.  Read more...


Milwaukee County Beaches Website Details Conditions
A website offers a one-stop-shop for wave and weather conditions at Milwaukee County beaches, including information about potentially deadly rip currents.  Read more...


Sea Grant Helping Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Wisconsin Waters
A team of boat landing inspectors is on Great Lakes sites to spread educational messages to boaters: clean, drain and dry. They protect Wisconsin waters. Read more...


Emma Wiermaa – Aquaculture Outreach Specialist

Emma Wiermaa is working to give aquaculture a good name -- not that it has a bad name -- but people sometimes have misconceptions about its fish-raising practices and food safety. Wiermaa is the new part-time outreach specialist at the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (NADF) in Red Cliff, Wis.

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Apostle Islands Lake Trout Refuge Found Valuable
Computer modeling by Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers will provide information for upcoming state-tribal fishing agreement renegotiations in Lake Superior. Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Assists With Clean Marina Certification
Wisconsin got its 20th Clean Marina in early June when the South Shore Yacht Club captured the designation because it is following green practices. Read more...


River Talk Trivia Night

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for May 27, 7 p.m. at the Clyde Iron Works Restaurant (2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth, Minn.). Representatives from the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and Wisconsin Sea Grant will host a trivia night, featuring prizes and questions based on previous talks.

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Bridges and Barriers Define Moy's Tenure
UW Sea Grant's assistant director for research leaves to take a job in private industry, but the things he's accomplished here remain. Read more...


River Talk Focuses on St. Louis River Fisheries

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Clyde Iron Works Restaurant (2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth, Minn.). John Lindgren and Paul Piszczek with the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of natural resources will present, “Something Fishy: What’s happening with fish in the St. Louis River Estuary.”

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Attack Packs: Making Invaders Real
What's an Attack Pack, you ask? One Madison educator shares her experience with the teaching tool. Read more...


UN Climate Change-Energy Expert to Deliver Remarks in Madison
Nguyen Khac Tiep will address the linkage between climate change and energy generation on April 28 at UW-Madison. Read more...


Natural Resource Education Programs Highlighted in Lake Michigan Meeting
The Lake Michigan Stakeholder’s annual spring membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 30, at the Urban Ecology Center-Menomonee Valley (3700 W. Pierce St.) in Milwaukee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., focusing on “Youth and the Environment: Engaging the Next Generation in Conservation.” Read more...


Sea Grant Offers Free Downloadable Fish App in Time for Opener
The 2014 Wisconsin general fishing opener is May 3. Download a handy app before heading out with a rod, reel and tackle box. Read more...


Spring Valley High School Springs at Chance to Savor Science

In February, a team of five high school students from Spring Valley in Pierce County, Wisconsin, emerged victorious in the 2014 Lake Sturgeon Bowl. Now, it's off to the national competition in Seattle.

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River Talk to Focus on Wild Rice

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Mar. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Clyde Iron Works Restaurant (2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth, Minn.). Thomas Howes, natural resources program manager with the Fond du Lac Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa, will present, “Gaa Miininangwaa Ganawenjigwein (Taking Care of the Gifts Given to Us),” which deals with wild rice management, research and restoration in the estuary by the tribe.

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Researchers Identify New Burbot Spawning Behavior

Wisconsin Sea Grant scientists have discovered that burbot spawn in deep reefs and also later in the season than previously known. Their findings, published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, add a fifth spawning behavior to those already identified for burbot.

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Get Your Own Brand-New Fish of the Great Lakes Poster
For only $6, you could own the brand-new Fish of the Great Lakes poster that beautifully presents 35 species inhabiting the world's largest freshwater system. Read more...


Sea Grant Announces $2 Million to Fund Great Lakes Research, Education and Community Engagement
In 2014-16, Wisconsin Sea Grant will fund 19 projects to explore the freshwater seas. Read more...


News

River Talk to Focus on Chemicals and Microbes
The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Clyde Iron Works Restaurant (2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth, Minn.). Emily Graham, a researcher with the University of Colorado-Boulder will present, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: How Microscopic Critters Impact the Health of the St. Louis River Estuary,” which deals with how chemicals and microbes interact. Read more...


Green Bay Report Outlines Progress, Identifies Problems
At a news conference held in Green Bay, Wisconsin Sea Grant announced completion of the first comprehensive report on the ecological health of the Green Bay area in 20 years. In “State of the Bay: The Condition of the Bay of Green Bay/Lake Michigan 2013,” new data on water quality is presented, as well as information about fish and wildlife populations, aquatic invasive species, beach conditions and the status of contaminants in Green Bay. Read more...


River Talks Resume with Presentation on Dredging and “Smuck”

The River Talk series resumes for 2014 on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Clyde Iron Works Restaurant (2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth, Minn.). Gene Clark, coastal engineer with Wisconsin Sea Grant will present, “Dredging: From Spoils to Soils and Muck to Smuck.”

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A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
Backed by UW Sea Grant, a grad student will use a concept called storm transposition to show Wisconsin communities why they may want to invest in climate change resilience.   Read more...


Wealth of Fellowships
There are four fellowship opportunities pending through Wisconsin Sea Grant. Read more...


UW Sea Grant Researcher Named AAAS Fellow
Dr. William Karasov, whose work with frogs and ecotoxins has achieved national acclaim, is one of four UW-Madison professors inducted into the prestigious scientific association for 2013. Read more...


The Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas, 2013 edition
The timeless AIS holiday classic receives a 2013 update. Sing along, won't you?  Read more...


Sturgeon for the Shedd
Recently, Sea Grant's Aquaculture Specialist Fred Binkowski made a very special--and prehistoric--delivery to the Shedd Aquarium. 14 Lake Sturgeon will be taking up residence in the aquarium's newly refreshed Great Lakes gallery. Read more...


New Aquaculture Resources
Sea Grant plans to expand its aquaculture outreach through a more formal arrangement with the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility to the benefit of existing and prospective fish farmers. Read more...


Tracking the Economic Impact of an AOC Cleanup
UW Sea Grant social scientist Jane Harrison and graduate student Catherine Simons surveyed anglers on the Sheboygan River to see what, if any, recent cleanup efforts had on their decision to fish there. Read more...


Water's Close-up
Jake Wears was recently hired to help with video production for Sea Grant and our sister organization, the Water Resources Institute. Read more...


Connection Found Between Nitrogen Levels in Water and Toxic Algae Production
Scientists have long known that phosphorus fuels growth of algae in lakes and streams. Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers have found that nitrogen levels are a factor in whether or not these algae – specifically, blue-green algae –produce toxins. Read more...


Thankful for the Great Lakes?
At this time of year, when we collectively take stock, here's some things to be thankful about regarding the Great Lakes. Read more...


Next River Talk Focuses on Ecological Mysteries

The next River Talk is scheduled for Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Red Mug (916 Hammond Ave, Superior, Wis.). Shon Schooler with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve will present, “Ecological Mysteries in the St. Louis River Estuary: Tales of Missing Crayfish and Dissolved Oxygen.”

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A New Gold Standard

UW Sea Grant-funded researchers develop twin tests to track viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus more effectively.

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The Entire Neighborhood Will Be Destroyed
As part of NOAA's Weather Ready Nation project, UW Sea Grant social scientist Jane Harrison is part of a team surveying broadcast meteorologists and emergency managers about  the efficacy of a new impact-based warning system.   Read more...


Lake Whitefish Dish Wins Lake Superior Fish Classic

Over 285 people enjoyed sampling Lake Superior whitefish and lake herring (cisco) during the recent Lake Superior Fish Classic – a chef cooking competition and public tasting event held in Duluth, Minn. Chef Seth VanderLaan and his team from the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee won $1,500 for first place out of seven competing chefs, and the People’s Choice Award. The second place Superior Award of $750 went to Chef Scott Graden with The New Scenic Café, Duluth, Minn.

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The River Talks Continue

The second River Talk is scheduled for Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Red Mug (916 Hammond Ave, Superior, Wis.). Diane Desotelle with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Matthew Steiger with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will present, “Should we be concerned that the St. Louis River is an Area of Concern?”

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State of Lake Michigan Conference and Great Lakes Beach Association Conference
The only major conference dedicated solely to Lake Michigan and to Great Lakes beaches happens in less than two weeks. Registration has been brisk but there are still some spots available. Read more...


Lake Superior Fish Classic Sold Out

Only days remain until the Lake Superior Fish Classic, when the historic Union Depot in Duluth, Minn., will open its doors to professional chefs and judges, fish connoisseurs and 350 pounds of Lake Superior herring and whitefish.

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Geographic and Intellectual Journeys Lead Sarah Wilkins to Knauss Fellowship
Sarah Wilkins will be the 23rd Dean A. Knauss Sea Grant Fellow from Wisconsin. Follow the path that brought her to this point that will allow her to explore ocean, coastal and Great Lakes national policy decisions affecting freshwater and marine resources. Read more...


The River Talks
Grab a mug of coffee or maybe a glass of beer and learn about the St. Louis River Estuary at the same time.  Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve are teaming up to start a series of science café-type evening talks about the estuary. Read more...


Lake Michigan’s Changing Ecosystem Examined in New, Free Podcast Series
As a complement to Sea Grant's podcast series on Lake Superior now comes a comprehensive, entertaining and informative look at the world's fifth largest lake, at the eastern border of Wisconsin. Read more...


Lake Superior Fish Classic

Tickets are going fast for a professional chef fish cook-off and tasting event hosted by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs in Duluth, Minn., at the Depot on Oct. 4, 2013, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Judge for yourself; are Wisconsin or Minnesota chefs better at cooking Lake Superior fish? Tickets ($15) are available online or by calling (218) 726-8106. For more information, visit http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/fisheries/classic.

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Free Mobile Wisconsin Fish Identification Tools Now Available
Carry 174 Wisconsin fish in your pocket with our downloadable apps. A mobile website with finger-friendly design is also available. Read more...


Got a Favorite Great Lakes Fish? Let Us Know About It.
We are reprinting our always-popular "Fish of the Great Lakes" poster and are entertaining suggestions for what kinds of fish you want to see appear. Read more...


Another Safety Measure in Place for Apostle Island Sea Cave Kayakers

The SeaCavesWatch.org real-time wave observation system for the mainland sea caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior just got even more useful. Kayakers can just press a big red button to access the web site, which provides photos and data about conditions at the sea caves, before they venture out.

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UW-Superior Student Helps Stop Aquatic Invaders
University of Wisconsin-Superior senior Tucker Lindberg is spending the summer at boat ramps on Lake Superior. Although he enjoys being around the water, Lindberg is there for a purpose: to talk to boaters about invasive species and to inspect their boats so that they don’t unwittingly spread unwanted plants or animals to the next lake. Read more...


July 20 is Wisconsin Aquaculture Day
Revisit our 14-part podcast series in honor of Wisconsin Aquaculture Day, July 20. It commemorates the industry that contributes $21 million to the economy through live bait, fee fishing, stocking and food fish production. Read more...


Aquatic Sciences Chronicle

Vol 2, 2013
The latest issue of the Chronicle details Sea Grant-funded research on tracking heavy metals in aquatic environments, among other stories. Read more...


News

New Video on the Great Lakes Legacy Act
Sea Grant's John Karl collaborated with Caitie McCoy with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to produce a new video that details the processes and successes of the Great Lakes Legacy Act. The U.S. EPA project brings communities together to clean up contaminated sediments in the Great Lakes basin. Read more...


Shallow Shipwreck: Surveying Davidson's Adriatic
UW Sea Grant funds a team of maritime archaeologists and students surveying the wreck of the Great Lakes' first self-unloading wooden schooner, abandoned in Sturgeon Bay. Read more...


Rip Current Awareness Week is June 2 - 9
Nationwide, each year more than 100 drownings are the result of rip currents. Rip currents can occur at any surf beach with breaking waves, including Great Lakes beaches. Read more...


New Guide Helps Anglers Recognize Invasive Species
A partnership between the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and Wildlife Forever produces a new resource to help prevent the spread of invasive species. Read more...


WI Sea Grant Resource Helps Special Education Students Learn About the Great Lakes

Special education students at Superior Senior High School were the most recent to use the Paddle-to the-Sea computer application developed by a Wisconsin Sea Grant staff member and his son.

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Climate Change Impacts on Lake Superior Could Mean Better Conditions for Some Sportfish, Worse for Others
Wisconsin Sea Grant-funded researchers have found that water temperature changes over the past 27 years have made conditions more favorable for Chinook salmon, walleye and lean lake trout and less favorable for siscowet lake trout, which prefer colder water and have lost about 20 percent of their historical habitat. Read more...


Mapping Aquaculture in Wisconsin
UW-Stevens Point graduate student Allen Brandt develops an interactive GIS tool to help would-be fish farmers successfully site their businesses.  Read more...


UW Sea Grant's Newest Advisory Council Member: A Master of Weather, Timing
Steve Brueske joins the advisory council just in time to help guide a shift in UW Sea Grant's research mission. Read more...


Dashboard Repair: UW Sea Grant Grad Student Restores Online Hydrologic Tool
Not only did Erin Hamilton repair a key water data tool, but she also buffed her programming skills.  Read more...


Predicting the Toxicity of Metals to Great Lakes Coasts
Using a single-celled alga, a team of UW-Madison researchers have discovered key factors in predicting how and at what levels copper and cadmium harm the shoreline environment of the Great Lakes, and what protective measures coastal organisms adopt in response. That’s allowed regulatory agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency to refine tools to protect Great Lakes coastal regions from the metals. Read more...


Tournament Anglers Help Prevent the Spread of Invasives
Sea Grant staff across the Great Lakes are working to ensure that aquatic invasive species aren’t spread by fishing tournament activities. Read more...


Julia Noordyk, New Water Quality and Coastal Communities Specialist
Preparing communities for coastal storms, enhancing the water quality of Green Bay, protecting wetland habitats – does all this sound like a job for a super human? Well, Julia Noordyk is up to the challenge. She begins work as Wisconsin Sea Grant’s water quality and coastal communities specialist out of the Green Bay Field Office on March 1. Read more...


St. Louis River Estuary Summit - Feb. 26-27
Scientists, resource managers, community members and students will examine issues involving the key Twin Ports waterway when the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve holds its third annual St. Louis River Estuary Summit Feb. 26-27 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Read more...


2013 Lake Sturgeon Bowl Has a Very Different Winner
For the first time in its 12-year history, the Lake Sturgeon Bowl has a team in the winner column that isn't Marshfield High School. The often-second-place finishers, Spring Valley High School, now take the crown and earn the chance to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Read more...


Sustaining the Freshwater Sea
Telling the story of the largest Great Lake is an ambitious task. The Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute does it justice with a seven-part series of podcasts about Lake Superior that brings listeners underwater to shipwrecks in the Apostle Islands and features the calls of waterfowl in the St. Louis River Estuary. Read more...


Sturgeon Spearing Tales Live On
Wisconsin's annual sturgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago system gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 9. Listen to audiobook excerpts about the annual rite or purchase the book to keep the season alive all year round. Read more...


"We Are Entering an Era of Crisis in Terms of Climate Change and Water Resource Management"
A Q&A chat with the newest member of UW Sea Grant's Advisory Council--David Garman, the Dean of UW-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences. Read more...


Barry Johnson: Where is he now?
A branch chief of the U.S. Geological Survey in La Crosse, Wis., credits his experience as a former Ph.D. student supported by Wisconsin Sea Grant with preparing him to be an independent researcher and in helping him disseminate his findings to natural resource managers. Read more...


Incoming and Outgoing Council Chairs Share Thoughts About Wisconsin Sea Grant
Prof. Bud Harris and Larry Wawronowicz discuss the rewards and challenges of chairing Wisconsin Sea Grant's Advisory Council. Read more...


UW Sea Grant and Partners Launch Water @ UW-Madison
A new website, Water @ UW-Madison, is a reservoir of water research and resources.

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Organic or Inorganic?
Chris Hartleb's UW Sea Grant-supported research answers the critical question: Which type of fish-pond fertilizer is better for farming perch? Read more...


Wealth of Fellowships
It's a bit of a feast of riches, the number of Sea Grant fellowship opportunities currently in the offing.
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Holiday Gift Ideas
In charge of  the holiday shopping list for that water-inclined person? Sea Grant has suggestions. Read more...


Introducing UW Sea Grant's New Fisheries Outreach Specialist
Titus Seilheimer brings energy, research ecology background to key outreach position. Read more...


Thankful for the Great Lakes?
More care and attention is on the way for the Great Lakes due to our recent call for preproposals. Read more...


Social Science Gains Attention, Works to Solve Complex Water Issues
Social science is gaining emphasis within Sea Grant and other natural resource-related programs. Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Knauss Fellow Now Directs the Fellowship Program
When University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student Chelsea Berg was accepted for a prestigious Knauss Fellowship in 2009, little did she know that one day she would direct the program. Read more...


Education Evolution: New Outreach Specialist is a Familiar Face
Kathy Kline, former UW Sea Grant science writer and co-author of "People of the Sturgeon," charts new directions for the program's education mission.  Read more...


You Don't Belong Here

Aquatic species out of place create major problems in their new homes. UW Sea Grant's Phil Moy muses on the phenomenon. 

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More Than 13,000 Boaters Reached Through Sea Grant Watercraft Inspections This Summer
The Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute watercraft inspection program, run during the summer in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), reached 13,200 people and inspected 6,400 watercraft. Read more...


Sea Grant’s Contributions Add to a Renewed Focus on Urban Agriculture at a Milwaukee High School
Sea Grant's Fred Binkowski has lent a hand to the science team at Milwaukee's Vincent High School. The school now has an aquaponics setup and curriculum, part of a reinvigorated urban agricultural program. Read more...


Wisconsin Sea Grant Helps Assess the Beauty of the Fox River and Lower Green Bay
What makes a river ugly or beautiful? Sea Grant expertise is contributing to efforts to define what makes waterways aesthetically pleasing. Read more...


Dioxin in the Details
UW Sea Grant researchers identify a key gene in zebrafish that responds to microscopic doses of a deadly environmental toxin. Read more...


Undaunted by Summer Flood, Researcher Continues Work
UW-Madison Zoology Professor Emily Stanley is characterizing the water chemistry in a Lake Superior tributary. Read more...


Enhancing the UW Sea Grant Student Experience
Director Jim Hurley calls for faculty proposals to develop an internal program to create more opportunities for Sea Grant-supported students.  Read more...