Lake Superior

Deanna Erickson

Scientists and researchers at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve use not only science, but reading, math and language arts in their work every day.

Every pledge made until April 4 will be automatically entered into our weekly Friday drawings to win a stay at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior along with dinner at The Strand Waterfront at Lutsen Resort.

More info here!

Chris Harwood

"There is nothing so stable as change"

It's natural for lake levels to fluctuate...but when intense storms whip through, the power of water shows. 

Jesse Schomberg talks about the fluctuating water levels today on, The Sea Grant Files

Stormy Lake Superior
Pete Markham

Biogeochemistry; what is it and how have Lake Superior's storms changed its water? Ellen Cooney, a PhD candidate in Water Resources Science at the University of Minnesota, discusses her research on this topic with our host Jesse Schomberg.

©Lisa Johnson

The "gales of November came early" Wednesday.  Duluth's lakewalk became a casualty for the third time this year and the National Weather Service reports we've already had more precipitation by October 10 than we usually get in a whole month.

Still, Larry Weber says he wouldn't miss it for the world.

Algae Blooms
Ingrid Taylar

This week on Sea Grant Files host Jesse Schomberg invites Dr. Chris Filstrup, an MN Sea Grant inland lake specialist, to discuss Algae blooms.

Algae blooms are expected to become more common, more frequent, more severe, and more persistent. Why are they happening and can we prevent them, listen to learn more.

MN Sea Grant

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.

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