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?”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.