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Jeff Gunderson, associate director, Paul Tucker, aquaculture specialist, and Carl Richards, director, received a $70,000 grant from Minnesota Technology, Inc. for the project, "Improving Economically-Viable Baitfish Culture Technology." They will explore aquaculture techniques for golden shiners and other high-value baitfish species.

The Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat video, co-produced by Doug Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, and Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, earned first place for video productions in a national competition among Sea Grant programs. The award was presented at Sea Grant Week in Hilton Head, South Carolina in March. The video also received a bronze award in the 2001 national competition of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality specialist, Bruce Munson, marine educator, and Richards of Minnesota Sea Grant; along with Glenn Merrickof Lake Superior Community College; Rich Axler and George Host of the Natural Resources Research Institute; and Chris Owen of Apprise Technologies, Inc., received an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program for the project, "Training Water Science Technicians for the Future - A National Online Curriculum Using Advanced Technologies and Real-Time Data." This funding will expand the Water on the Web project to community colleges and undergraduate institutions across the country.

Barb Liukkonen, water resources educator, Hagley, and Munson of Sea Grant; along with Rich Axler and George Host of the Natural Resources Research Institute; John Barten of the Suburban Hennepin Regional Park District; and Chris Owen of Apprise Technoligies, Inc., received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. EPA for the project, "Managing Urban Runoff Using Real-Time Community-Based Monitoring." The project will examine the consequences of using phosphorous-free fertilizers on a broad scale within an urban watershed with the support of community residents and advanced environmental monitoring technology.

Liukkonen, Hagley, Scott Robertson, former graphic designer; Debbie Bowen, information specialist; Cory Josephs, student graphic designer; Zhuikov; Sharon Moen, editor; and Teri LeFaive, office assistant, received a gold award for the "Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide" Web site (www.shorelandmanagement.org) in the 2001 national competition by the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

Richards, in conjunction with principal investigators Anne Hershey, Chris Luecke, John O'Brien, and Steve Whalen, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation entitled, "A Geomorphic Trophic Hypothesis for Arctic Lake Productivity." The $1.2 million award will cover three years of research.


By Sea Grant Staff
August 2001

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