Why people love the St. Louis River

The November River Talk featured a researcher and a youth panel who spoke to the theme: “Tell us what you Love About the River.” Molly Wick, a Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Margaret A. Davidson Fellow, described a study she designed to help environmental managers understand how the community benefits from local lakes, rivers and streams and how this work could help make those benefits more accessible to everyone. Afterward, a panel of three young people rounded out the discussion with their personal stories about why the St. Louis River is important to them.

Wild Stories of Wildlife on the St. Louis River

Martha Minchak, retired assistant area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was the kick-off speaker for the River Talk season series in October. Her talk, “Wild Stories of Wildlife on the St. Louis River,” highlighted incidents and projects from her 38-year career in resource managment.

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Deidre Peroff, social science and Sea Grant by numbers

As Sea Grant celebrates a 50-year anniversary in 2022, we celebrate bringing on board a social scientist. Her work demonstrates the evolution of how Sea Grant deepened an understanding of and recognized the value of bringing a human dimension to freshwater and coastal science.

What color is your fall?

Moira Harrington, Sea Grant’s assistant director for communications, explains why it’s important to rake your leaves in fall to protect water quality.

Visiting the house that sparked coastal land use setbacks

The dynamics of land and water were on display for members of the Coastal Hazards of Superior group when they toured Lake Superior’s South Shore at a homesite in Herbster, Wisconsin. The home, now owned by Dan and Mary Schneider, was moved 20 years ago farther inland from an eroding lake bluff in one of the first efforts to address coastal home erosion and establish setback distances in Bayfield County.

A pretty fishy work experience

Members of the Sea Grant communications team toured Sea Grant-related projects on Lake Michigan to learn more about the benefits of wild rice on the lake’s ecosystem.