Lake Superior

Lake Superior Harvest Festival 9/8

Jul 29, 2018
Perfect Duluth Day

The Harvest Festival is an annual event put on by the Lake Superior Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association. This fun family festival will feature one of largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, an energy fair, handmade crafts, nonprofit showcase, live demonstrations, educational exhibits and a food court. Entry and parking are free to the public.

Date: Saturday, September 8

Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

University of Minnesota Press

A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment."  Merritt chronicles his family history in iron mining and how his young life on the North Shore led to a career of protecting the waters of Lake Superior, as head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  

Maija Jenson

Listen to this weeks Sea Grant Files about how citizen scientists can learn the protocols, data gathering techniques and can contribute to community education and research collaborations.  2018 Citizen Science Day is happening Friday April 14. A great way to get started is to be a part of the Twin Ports City Nature Challenge, a photo gathering competition happening April 27-30.

Sharon Mollerus

Today on The Sea Grant Files, hear more about Lake Superior's powerful waves, rip currents and how to navigate and enjoy the lake and it's beaches, safely. The surf in Duluth brings massive waves and dangerous rip currents and with Great Lakes drownings up last year, these tips on how to escape the grip of a rip current could save lives this summer.

Duluth has a flag system on Park Point beaches to alert swimmers of surf danger and rip current risks. 

Red Flag: High Waves or Strong Rip Currents - stay out of the water

"That's the point of any kind of travel, really. That it's transformational.  You become part of the world in a way that you weren't before."

~ Thomas Shevory

Maija Jenson

This week on The Sea Grant Files, host Jesse Schomberg talks about research that helps us understand climate change effects Lake Superior. Climate Change is not just about hot weather, but it is a part of what the research shows when it comes to less winter ice and more summer algae productivity; measurable indicators of change. 

MN Sea Grant

Sharon Moen/Minnesota Sea Grant

How can you have a conversation about improving water quality in Minnesota if you don't take Lake Superior into account?

Minnesota Sea Grant decided you can't.  So when Governor Mark Dayton launched his series of "25 by 25" Water Quality Initiative town hall meetings and the northeastern Minnesota session was scheduled in Ely, they decided to assemble a panel of experts and launch an online town hall.

River with islands in the middle and a town on the far side
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program

There's something called the Lake Superior Estuarium opening on Barker's Island. What's an estuarium, you ask? Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, joined Lisa Johnson to answer that question and tell us more. 

Rosemary Guttormsson

The 4th Annual Art Festival at Brighton Beach happens all day Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m.

© Lisa Johnson

Ever since the '90s, folks have been gathering the third week in July to recognize Lake Superior and the environmental concerns surrounding it ... and to celebrate the successes.

This year's Lake Superior Day (Days?)  is no different, with educational sessions at the Maritime Visitors Center Friday and Saturday and a whole passel of kid-friendly activities on Sunday.

Adam Hinterthuer

This week on The Sea Grant Files we hear about the causes, threats and tracking of blue-green algae blooms.  On the heels of a large algae bloom in Lake Superior last summer,  there is a new App launched called bloomWatch, that  you can use to report sightings of Cyanobacteria algae blooms and be a part of future scientific research helping to understand  harmful patterns.  

Check it out

bloomWatch App

smithsonian magazine

Minnesota Sea Grant celebrates 50 years of the National Sea Grant organization and the early instigators like Athelstan Spilhaus in this week's episode of The Sea Grant Files.  Listen to the time-capsule that has brought us 50 years of scientific water research and environmental leadership in the Great Lakes region based here in Duluth. Since 1966 "Sea Grant has supported graduate education through grants and fellowships, helping America's top graduates prepare for careers in coastal science and policy." ~National Sea Grant website.

Philip Hoffman

Is there a doctor in the house?  Yes, in fact Lake Superior has been undergoing a health check.  This week The Sea Grant Files welcomes Dr. Michael Sierszen, Research Ecologist with the United States EPA's Mid-Continent Ecology Division talks about the past month of research. Dr. Sierszen spent a large part of September aboard the EPA’s research vessel "Lake Guardian." To get the story behind the research we invited him to the studio so we can ask… “What on Earth were you doing out there?”

MN Sea Grant

  This fall, we're bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards - NEMBA - were established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle."

Allissa Stutte

Allisa Stutte, Andy Butter and Evan Flom met at college - Northland College in Ashland.

Now they're putting their environmental ethos - and their friendship to the test buy spending the summer circumnavigating Lake Superior - at a run.

Find out more about the Our Shores Ultrarun here:

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