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Lake Superior NERR open house and ribbon cutting

Posted on Apr 26, 2014
Lake Superior NERR open house and ribbon cutting held Wednesday, April 23.
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Superior Chamber Ambassadors assist with grand opening at Lake Superior NERR.

Superior Chamber Ambassadors assist with grand opening at Lake Superior NERR.

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Wisconsin-Superior held a grand opening and ribbon cutting of their renovated lab/office building located on Barkers Island in Superior at 14 Marina Drive. Tours of the new facility were available to the media and the general public and the event took place Wednesday, April 23.

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve at UW-Superior is among the community partners in the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, encompassing nearly 17,000 acres of publicly owned land and water where the St. Louis River enters the largest of the Great Lakes. UW-Superior students, faculty and staff can play a role in the research, education and stewardship efforts of the reserve.

The Lake Superior NERR presently occupies two waterfront buildings on Barkers Island. The buildings were purchased with funds obtained through a grant from NOAA and are now part of the UW-Superior campus. The buildings will house the administration offices, a dock-side laboratory, a science and interpretive center (still under renovation) and several classrooms.

Lake Superior NERR facilities are available to visiting educators, researchers and members of the public. The complex is also home to UW Extension and Wisconsin Sea Grant and both have an affiliation with NOAA. To learn more about the LSNERR click here: LSNERR/UW Extension.

More on Wisconsin Sea Grant can be found here: Wisconsin Sea Grant.

More on NOAA and National Estuarine Research Reserve System can be found here: NOAA/NERR.

The Superior Chamber Ambassadors were also on hand to celebrate the event and help with the ribbon cutting. Former UW-Superior vice chancellor of finance and administration Jan Hanson was on hand to cut the ribbon. She was instrumental in securing funding for the LSNERR facility and the remodeling.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is a public liberal arts institution of 2,650 students in the Duluth-Superior, MN-WI metro area.

Founded in 1893 as a teacher's college, UW-Superior now offers more than 30 majors, select graduate programs, and competitive Division III athletics programs, as well as research and scholarship that support the community and region.

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