Scientists, resource managers, community members and students will examine issues involving the key Twin Ports waterway when the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LSNERR) holds its third annual St. Louis River Estuary Summit Feb. 26-27 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
“This is a great event to learn about the estuary,” said Shon Schooler, research coordinator for the LSNERR and organizer of the summit. “An incredible range of talks and posters will be given, from the economics to the harbor to the cycling of nutrients in the water. All presentations are meant to be accessible to a wide audience, so come check it out!”
The goal of the summit is to share information about the St. Louis River among people in the community, students, scientists and natural resource managers. A new focus this year is inclusion of social sciences into the program, or how people behave and influence the environment.
Other featured presentations involve the impact of mining on the estuary and progress made in cleaning up the river. The audience will break into work groups during lunches both days to address issues with plants, sediments, climate change and ecosystem benefits. A poster session will take place the end of the day on Feb. 26.
The St. Louis River Estuary Summit is free and open to the public. Discussions and presentations are scheduled throughout both days of the event. For details go to http://lsnerr.uwex.edu/SLRESS.html. For those who can’t attend, the summit will be tweeted by UW Sea Grant (@UWiscSea Grant).
The Yellowjacket Union is located at 1605 Catlin Ave. on the UW-Superior campus. For maps and directions go to uwsuper.edu/maps.