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4th annual St. Louis River Estuary Summit hosted by Lake Superior NERR

Posted on Feb 25, 2014
Record attendance for the 4th Annual St. Louis River Estuary Summit
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Erika Washburn, Reserve Manager of Lake Superior NERR opening the conference in the Yellowjacket Union

Erika Washburn, Reserve Manager of Lake Superior NERR opening the conference in the Yellowjacket Union

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (Lake Superior NERR) is holding its fourth annual St. Louis River Estuary Summit Feb. 25-26 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in the Yellowjacket Union. In addition to traditional presentations about the natural science of the estuary, talks during the second day will focus on social science, or how people relate to and interact with the environment.

Todd Ambs, director of Healing Our Waters, opened the summit with a presentation Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and how it is funding local efforts to remediate the estuary and get it delisted as an "Area of Concern." Mayor Don Ness with the City of Duluth and Mary Morgan, director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry with the City of Superior will kick-off the second day of sessions at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The goal of the summit is to share information about the St. Louis River among people in the community, students, scientists, industry, and natural resource managers. Other featured presentations involve the 21st Avenue West pilot project, wild rice growth, mercury in the estuary, monitoring efforts going on at Clough Island, mining impacts, and piping plover shorebird restoration. The audience will break into work groups during lunches both days to address issues with contaminated sediments, wetlands, and social science topics. A poster session will take place the end of the day on Feb. 25 and a K-12 student poster session will take place on Feb. 26.

The St. Louis River Estuary Summit is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register and to see the agenda, go to For those who can't attend, the summit will be tweeted by UW Sea Grant (@UWiscSea Grant).

Sponsors include Enbridge, LimnoTech, the Minnesota Coastal Program, Minnesota Land Trust, Minnesota Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, West Wisconsin Land Trust, Wisconsin Coastal Management, Wisconsin Sea Grant, University of Wisconsin Extension, and the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

News Contact: Tom Hansen | 715-394-8260 | thansen7{atuws}
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