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Educational Cruises Offered on Lake Superior

May 16, 2005

Registrations are being taken for this summer’s “A View From the Lake” cruises. The crew of the L.L. Smith, Jr. and water quality specialists from the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program and the University of Wisconsin Extension are again opening the decks of the research vessel to the public.

For $15, the 3-hour tours will allow people to examine how land use influences Lake Superior. The trips provide a context for discussing development, natural resources and water quality. Participants can collect water quality and biological data, learn about local geography, hear about the latest Lake Superior research, and see the view from the lake. This year, the trips focus on fisheries and coastal wetlands and their role in the Lake Superior ecosystem.

Last year, these educational cruises sold out quickly. Participants must pre-register on the Web at http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/vfl or by calling Minnesota Sea Grant at (218)726-8106. “A View From the Lake” trips are scheduled for the following ports (call or visit the Web site for trip times):

Ashland, WI:
June 15
Washburn, WI:
June 16 – 18
Bayfield, WI:
June 20 – 21
Grand Marais, MN:
June 24 – 26
Silver Bay, MN:
June 28 – 29
Two Harbors, MN:
July 7 – 9
Duluth/Superior:
July 12 – 13 and 16 – 17

“A View from the Lake” is funded by a grant from the Great Lakes Regional Water Quality Program and grants from the Wisconsin and Minnesota Coastal Programs through the Coastal Zone Management Act, which is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.


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