Coastal Communities & Land Use
Lake Superior’s coastal communities depend on healthy ecosystems for their economic survival. Population growth, increasing tourism, and coastal development can threaten the main economic engines of the region — natural resources. Balancing varied, if not competing, community goals and coastal resource quality requires an understanding of ecological systems and a commitment to sustainability by residents and those working in government and business.
The tight link between land use and water quality makes it important to use sound development practices and explore new and innovative land management options that minimize runoff and stormwater pollution to protect Lake Superior and the watershed that surrounds it. continued…
- Is it Really a Beach Day?
- Collaborators rev up rip current and beach safety awareness via ParkPointBeach.org, part of the Beach Information Communications System project.
- Engaging Local Leaders to Improve Land Use and Water Resources
- Learn how Northland NEMO has influenced the way local leaders think about land use.
- Weathering the Storm
- Ways in which Minnesota Sea Grant is helping communities brace for extreme weather events.
- A New Chapter for a Seaside City
- A new Unified Development Chapter shows that The City of Duluth, Minnesota, is serious about stormwater management.
- How to Retain Water (and why you should)
- Become your property's stormwater manager. Read how, learn why.
- Hypothermia 101
- Identifying and preventing hypothermia is a serious task, but you can tackle it with Hypothermia 101.
- Mapping the Great Lakes: The GLOS Mapping Workshops
- New workshops by the Great Lakes Observing System offer useful ways to integrate data for decision-making when planning events (like kayak and fishing trips) on Lake Superior.
- Digging up Our Neighbors' Dirt
- A stormwater research project gets underway in a Duluth neighborhood.
- Sea Grant Helps with Trashy Problem
- We've been working with the University of Minnesota Duluth to curtail litter on campus and with other stormwater-related issues.
- Rapala Lure Entrepreneur Donates Money for Watershed Project
- Find out who gave UMD $100,000 to study the Lester/Amity Watershed and why.
- “Sensing” Duluth’s Streams
- Four of Duluth's 42 streams will soon flow past your computer on their way to Lake Superior. A project is underway to monitor the water quality of the streams, and to deliver information through a Web site and interactive kiosks.
- Northland Innovative Stormwater Management Conference
- Managing stormwater can be challenging, especially in the Lake Superior region. Join us for this one-day event to learn about many of the newer techniques being used to manage stormwater both here and around the region.
- With over 42 named streams, Duluth has a very high density of stream corridors. LakeSuperiorStreams.org is a website which provides a wealth of information on Duluth’s streams and beyond.
- Rip currents on Lake Superior can be very dangerous; learn about their formation and how to survive if you’re caught in one.
- Northland NEMO
- Project NEMO (Nonpoint source pollution Education for Municipal Officials) is a nationally recognized educational program for land use decision makers that addresses the relationship between land use and natural resource protection.
- Hypothemia: Survival in Cold Water
- Hypothermia is a risk for anyone who enjoys activities like boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, or skiing. It can occur quickly and it can be fatal.
- An educational cruise on a Lake Superior research vessel gave hundreds of people a new view.