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Minnesota Sea Grant earned the highest rating possible (Category 1 out of four) in a review by the National Sea Grant Program and a Program Assessment Team. The review took place in September 2003, and found that Minnesota Sea Grant has done an outstanding job with administration, connecting with users, long-range planning, and producing significant results. As a result, the program will receive merit funds for the next four years.

In a letter accompanying the review, National Sea Grant College Program Director Ron Baird said, "On behalf of the National Sea Grant Office staff, let me offer our sincere thanks for your dedicated leadership, the enthusiastic service of your staff, and the innumerable contributions Minnesota Sea Grant is making to the Sea Grant enterprise."

Cindy Hagley, water quality specialist, and Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, were part of a team that earned a bronze award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) for promotional materials produced for the Shoreland Education Program. The award was presented in May at the ANREP national conference held in Wheeling, West Virginia. Other team members include Mary Blickenderfer, Eleanor Burkett, and Ron Struss with the University of Minnesota Extension Service, and Wendy Strombeck, president of oneD design.

Hagley and Sharon Moen, editor, each earned APEX awards of excellence from Communications Concepts, Inc. Hagley earned honors for the DuluthStreams Web site (www.duluthstreams.org) in the special purpose video and electronic publications category. Others involved in the project include Jesse Schomberg, Bruce Munson, and Carl Richards from Sea Grant; Marion Lonsdale from the City of Duluth Public Works and Utilities; and Richard Axler and George Host from NRRI. Moen earned honors for feature writing for her article about zebra mussels, "Coming to a Lake Near You?" for Cabin Life Magazine. The APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. There were nearly 5,500 entries with 1,667 awards of excellence given.

The Great Lakes Invasion Exotics on the Move Newspaper in Education tabloid coordinated by Moen; Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator; and Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Information Center coordinator, earned third place in a national competition for literacy programs from the Newspaper Association of America Foundation. The tabloid was designed by the Erie Times-News in Education program with assistance from the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program.

Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning educator, Stacey Stark (UMD Geography Dept.), George Host (Natural Resources Research Institute), and Bill Befort (MN DNR) were awarded $34,400 from Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program to evaluate methods of measuring the amount of impervious surfaces (such as parking lots, roads, or rooftops) along the North Shore. High amounts can degrade watersheds. The project will measure current conditions and compare them to estimates from the early 1990s.

By Sea Grant Staff
September 2004

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