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June 2002

A Tale of Two Cities' Lawn Care Practices

Plymouth, MN, like a growing number of Twin Cities suburbs, has an ordinance restricting the use of phosphorus for lawn fertilization. Plymouth's neighboring city, Maple Grove, does not have a phosphorus-restricting ordinance. This sets up an opportunity to compare lawn care practices between homeowners in the two cities and see if the ordinance reduces the phosphorus content of water runoff.

"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.

Dangerous Breaking Waves

Boaters should watch out for unusual wave activity at harbor entrances due to the relatively low water levels in Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.

No Rest for 'Sleeping Beauty'

Dormant for 15 million years, awake for four. The fish enzyme that can integrate foreign genes into human chromosomes has been joined by another technology for studying DNA. Together, they inspired over $5 million dollars of support and Discovery Genomics, Inc.

24 Years of Great Lakes Research is Online

The Journal of Great Lakes Research archives are now available online in a searchable database supported by the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

Great Lakes Commission Gains Minnesota Grad

Thomas Jabusch, who recently earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota studying environmental toxins, wins a Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship.

Great Lakes Commission Also Gains Minnesota Sea Grant Director

Carl Richards, Minnesota Sea Grant director and chair of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, will cooperate with the Great Lakes Commission as an observer.

Student Honored for Fisheries Science

Julie Zimmerman, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, won the Sea Grant Student Award for Excellence in Fisheries Science.

Seiche Wins Two Awards

Minnesota Sea Grant's newsletter earns two awards of excellence from a professional communications firm.

Did Ja Know?

A fun factoid about phosphorus.

Bow Watch

Bow Watch: Why We Should Understand Watersheds

Minnesota Sea Grant Director Carl Richards reflects on the intimate interactions between land and water, the importance of watershed research, and how Sea Grant is involved in understanding watersheds.

New Publications & Services

An Order of (Small) Fries

A Guide to Larval Fishes of the Upper Mississippi River (USFWS, 1990) might be the field guide you're missing. This 113-page spiral-bound book, which includes a wide assortment of Midwestern fish species, is available for $2.

Aquaculture Symposium Proceedings Available

The Proceedings of the Environmental Strategies for Aquaculture Symposium are available online and on a compact disk. The symposium was held in December 2000.

Interested in Water Gardening?

"Invasive Aquatic Plants: What Every Plant Enthusiast Needs to Know," is a free brochure describing problems created by invasive aquatic plants and how water gardeners can prevent spreading these plants accidentally.

Journal Reprints

Two new journal reprints address walleye survival, and ways landscape composition and structure influence the water quality of streams.


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