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Increasing Great Lakes Literacy Among Educators

Sea Grant was awarded $18,872 by the Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program to conduct Increasing Great Lakes Literacy Among Educators. The project connects scientists and other experts to educators in the community and focuses on topics related to Lake Superior and its surrounding watershed. In partnership with the Great Lakes Aquarium and Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Sea Grant is putting on 16 two-hour workshops that provide educators with locally relevant activities and lesson plans. The best part is that educators will have opportunities to ask questions of research scientists in person.

Decreasing the Risks of Spreading Aquatic Invasive Species Through Organisms in Trade

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) awarded the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program $400,000 through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This funding extends education efforts that span the Great Lakes states with messages about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, led by Minnesota, is working to ensure that people know the alternatives to releasing live bait, aquarium and watergarden species, and study specimens through the HabitattitudeTM campaign. Surveys indicate that 84 percent of aquarists and water gardeners would seek alternatives to releasing pets and plants into the environment after they learned about the relationships among aquatic invasive species, conservation, and their hobby. As part of the GLRI project, Wisconsin Sea Grant will host a research symposium on potential invasive species in the marketplace and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant will expand the Nab the Aquatic Invader! youth education program.

Reducing the Risk of Spreading Aquatic Invasive Species Through Fishing Tournaments

Minnesota Sea Grant is working with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network on a two-year project led by Wisconsin to train local groups to inspect and wash fishing tournament boats. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is funding the project.

Extending Messages about Asian Carp

Minnesota Sea Grant is working with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network on a
one-year project led by Ohio to conduct education and outreach on Asian carp to support the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is funding the project.

Economic Assessment of Extreme Rainfall Events and Strategies for Reducing Economic Losses

Minnesota Sea Grant is working with staff from the NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charlotte, NC, to prepare an economic assessment of extreme rainfall events and strategies for reducing economic losses in Duluth, MN. Sea Grant is serving as the liaison connecting NOAA Coastal Services Center personnel with local officials, city planners and researchers. The assessment is funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.


By Sea Grant Staff
January 2013

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