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St. Louis River Restoration Progress

Healthier habitats are coming back to the St. Louis River, which forms the far northwest border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Many natural resources agencies, researchers and nonprofit organizations are conducting the work. 

This progress means that the Stories and Science of the St. Louis River Estuary website needs to keep pace with the progress. Thanks to the expertise of the people involved with habitat projects, the “Restoration” section of the site has been updated. 

When you visit the website, you’ll find an updated timeline of restoration progress and the latest information on projects such as the 21st Avenue West site in Duluth or Pickle Pond in Superior. 

Other featured topics on the site include wild rice, fishing and recreation. Site visitors can challenge themselves with GeoQuests — iPhone-based games and geocaches that highlight key places and issues in the estuary, or they can use the deep map to explore the ecology and history of this special place. 

The Stories and Science website was created by faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota Duluth and UW-Madison with help from many partners, and with funding by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. 

 — MEZ

Public Comments Sought for Wisconsin Sea Grant Review 


The Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program will be reviewed on March 19-21, 2019, by a team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program. The review will be conducted in Madison, Wis., and will consider all aspects of the state program’s management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

This notice invites participation in the review by emailing comments about Wisconsin Sea Grant to oar. sg-feedback@noaa.gov on or before COB Monday, March 11, 2019. Please indicate “Wisconsin Sea Grant” in the subject line.

River Talks Series 

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs started the sixth year of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary in October. These informal public talks will be held monthly through May 2019 at the Reserve’s Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior, Wis. 

Talks will be held on Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 5, April 10 and May 8, 2019. The March 5 talk will be held in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit. For more information, visit bit.ly/1PmfFEX.