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The Buzz About the Estuary

People are talking about the St. Louis River Estuary because there's so much to say! This 12,000-acre freshwater complex of wetlands, islands and bays that couples Lake Superior to its largest U.S. tributary. It encompasses the Port of Duluth-Superior, a Great Lakes Area of Concern, industry, seabird colonies and a recreational fishery. Minnesota Sea Grant pursues multiple research and outreach efforts within this important economic and environmental area at the western tip of Lake Superior. Here's a sampling of how you can learn what the buzz is about.

River Talks at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve's new Estuarium

Join discussions organized in partnership with Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve at 7 p.m., 3 Marina Drive, Superior, Wisconsin.

  • Feb. 14, 2018 - Muskie Research and Tracking in the Estuary

  • March 13, 2018 - Spiders in the Estuary

Read about past River Talks on the Wisconsin Sea Grant blog, Great Lakes Takes.

St. Louis River Summit

For $30 you can attend the eighth annual St. Louis River Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Superior on March 13 and 14, 2018. The Summit involves presentations and conversations about the environmental health of the estuary and related community well-being. It is hosted by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in collaboration with partners such as Sea Grant.

Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols, called "Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine and the 2017 recipient of the Champion of Change Award at the World Oceans Festival, will present a keynote address about achieving a blue mindset. For details and to registration, visit www.cvent.com/d/2tq1yf.

Photos: Heard at the 2017 St. Louis River Summit

St. Louis River Quest

Each May, Minnesota Sea Grant helps take about 1,500 sixth graders on a River Quest. Whether aboard the Vista Star or visiting stations in the South Pioneer Hall of the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, students are challenged to consider issues like water safety, a community's connection to water and environmental science. Sea Grant staffs a popular aquatic invasive species station and helps the Rip Current Working Group with a station demonstrating how to escape rip currents. Other stations cover hypothermia, the difference between storm and sanitary sewers, maritime oil spill response, Great Lakes cargo and hydroelectric power.

I didn't know that goldfish could be bad for the lakes. (River Quest participant)

The Stories and Science of the St. Louis River Estuary website

If you want to learn about the St. Louis River Estuary, look to The Stories and Science of the St. Louis River Estuary website that features stories, videos, maps and science about the estuary. The site was created with funding from the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Visit www.stlouisriverestuary.org to learn more.

Research in the St. Louis River Estuary

Minnesota Sea Grant produced two short videos about the program's research in the estuary:

  • Dr. Loren Miller talks about Muskellunge and their behavior in Tracking Muskies in the St. Louis River Estuary (4 min.).

  • Graduate student, Amber White talks about how mercury, methylmercury and human health in Solving the St. Louis River Estuary's Mercury Problem (5 min.)

These videos and more can be viewed on the Minnesota Sea Grant's YouTube channel.


By Sharon Moen and Annika Whitcomb
January 2018

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