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View From the Lake 2009
Mid-June Through July

Members of the public are invited to three-hour sessions aboard the research vessel (R/V) L.L. Smith, Jr. The focus of the cruises is defining sustainability. Participants will learn about local sustainability projects, collect samples of Lake Superiorís water and bottom-dwelling creatures, and learn why monitoring plays an important role in helping communities become more sustainable. The $20 science cruises will depart from Ashland, Bayfield, Washburn, and Superior in Wisconsin, and Grand Marais, Silver Bay, Two Harbors, and Duluth in Minnesota. Open registration starts on May 11 at www.seagrant.umn.edu/vfl.

Great Lakes Rip Current Conference
June 4, 2009

Lafayette Community Center, 3026 Minnesota Ave, Duluth, MN, 55802

Nationally, over 100 deaths a year are caused by rip currents, and the Great Lakes are not immune. Deaths can be avoided by knowing what rip currents are, how to spot them, understanding the conditions in which they form, and knowing how to escape.

Rip currents, how hypothermia and cold water can affect rescues, and public education will be discussed at the Great Lakes Rip Current Conference sponsored by Minnesota Sea Grant and the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Duluth.

Members of the public are invited to attend but pre-registration is required. Minnesota Sea Grant must receive registration forms (available at www.seagrant.umn.edu/rip) and a $10 fee for lunch by June 1. For more information, contact: Jesse Schomberg, Minnesota Sea Grant at 218-726-6182 or jschombe@umn.edu; or Dean Packingham, NWS Duluth Office at dean.packingham@noaa.gov.

Looking for a Rain Barrel?

The Regional Stormwater Protection Team is working with the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) to offer a 1-day sale of economical rain barrels later this summer. Contact WLSSD for more information: (218) 722-3336 or visit www.wlssd.com.

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By Sea Grant Staff
April 2009

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