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Making Waves - A Profile of Steve Hedtke

What’s your role with Minnesota Sea Grant?

Advisory committee member.

What do you do when you’re not at Sea Grant advisory committee meetings?

While at work I am the acting director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s freshwater research laboratory. Our lab, located next to the Lester River in Duluth, conducts both toxicological and ecological research to help support environmental decision-making on freshwater issues. We have a number of research projects progressing in the Lake Superior basin, including studies on tributary watersheds, coastal wetlands, and the near shore of the lake itself.

Away from work, I spend most of my time with my family. Since our three children have either completed college or are in college now, my wife and I enjoy gardening, fixing up our old house, and cooking.

Why do you have a passion for Lake Superior and Minnesota’s inland waters?

In addition to its scenic beauty, Lake Superior is one of the most pristine bodies of water in the nation. As someone who has worked in the field of environmental protection for over 25 years, I want to help preserve the lake as a national resource and treasure for our future generations.

What’s your future vision for the environment in the Lake Superior Basin?

My hope is that we can work together to maintain the quality of our environment while providing an opportunity for people to both appreciate and use our natural resources at a sustainable level.

Why do you think the Sea Grant Program is important to Minnesota?

Sea Grant is one of the few organizations that specifically combines research, education, and public outreach. As a result, it is uniquely able to help instill sound science into public opinions about the environment.

By Sea Grant Staff
September 1998

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