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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.