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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.