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Coastal Communities & Land Use Articles

Wild About Wild Rice
Learn why wild rice is special in Minnesota and how Sea Grant research is contributing to a better understanding of how sulfate can affect a plant's success.
What's Up With the Watershed Game?
Here's an update with the highly successful Watershed Game created by Minnesota Sea Grant and many others nine years ago.
Why Ditches Matter
Roadside ditches require thought, maintenance and, believe it or not, your attention.
Shades of Green: Flood Control Study Focused on Duluth, Minnesota
NOAA's Coastal Services Center conducted a study in the wake of Duluth's 2012 flood. What do they suggest to control future flooding in the Chester Creek Watershed? Green Infrastructure!
Rip Current Outreach Makes a Difference, Saves Lives
92% of Minnesota's Lake Superior beachgoers know how to escape the grip of the rip. Boasting a 25% awareness increase from 2006, recent rip current outreach proves successful.
New Online Course: Stormwater Management in Cold Climates
Minnesota Sea Grant designed a LEED-certified stormwater course for the Continuing Education Department, University of Minnesota Duluth.
Is it Really a Beach Day?
Collaborators rev up rip current and beach safety awareness via ParkPointBeach.org, part of the Beach Information Communications System project.
Playing the Game The Updated Watershed Game For Sustainable Coastal Communities
The highly acclaimed board game continues to educate community leaders about best water management practices, now with a couple new updates.
Engaging Local Leaders to Improve Land Use and Water Resources
Learn how Northland NEMO has influenced the way local leaders think about land use.
Weathering the Storm
Ways in which Minnesota Sea Grant is helping communities brace for extreme weather events.
A New Chapter for a Seaside City
A new Unified Development Chapter shows that The City of Duluth, Minnesota, is serious about stormwater management.
How to Retain Water (and why you should)
Become your property's stormwater manager. Read how, learn why.
Hypothermia 101
Identifying and preventing hypothermia is a serious task, but you can tackle it with Hypothermia 101.
Mapping the Great Lakes: The GLOS Mapping Workshops
New workshops by the Great Lakes Observing System offer useful ways to integrate data for decision-making when planning events (like kayak and fishing trips) on Lake Superior.
Digging up Our Neighbors' Dirt
A stormwater research project gets underway in a Duluth neighborhood.
Carried Away with Rip Currents
You should see all the rip current information on the Minnesota Sea Grant Web site!
Nobody Loses in Amity Creek Charrette Process
Planners, architects and Sea Grant staff created a balanced land use strategy for a housing development near a Duluth trout stream.
Estuary Champions Discuss Needs of St. Louis River
Compared to Chesapeake Bay, the St. Louis River estuary is pristine but chemical contamination tops concerns among science panelists.
Sea Grant Helps with Trashy Problem
We've been working with the University of Minnesota Duluth to curtail litter on campus and with other stormwater-related issues.
Hypothemia: Survival in Cold Water
Hypothermia is a risk for anyone who enjoys activities like boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, or skiing. It can occur quickly and it can be fatal.
Linking Land Use to Water Quality
Effects of development on lakes and what you can do!
1998 Minnesota Lakes Survey
Public Perceptions of the Impacts, Use, and Future of Minnesota Lakes
Coping with Erosion and High Water on Minnesota Point in Duluth
Results of a survey are provided in this report on erosion on Duluth’s Park Point.
Germ Hunters Go to Prison
Find out what researchers learned about bacteria and virus survival in alternative wastewater treatment systems.
Rapala Lure Entrepreneur Donates Money for Watershed Project
Find out who gave UMD $100,000 to study the Lester/Amity Watershed and why.
Citizens Identify Priorities for Lake Superior Restoration
Restoring and protecting habitats and coastal wetlands to enhance fish and wildlife, and creating opportunities for coastal communities to adopt sustainable use practices were top Lake Superior priorities during a workshop in Duluth.
Gaining a Superior Perspective
Participants in "A View from the Lake" got more than a view from the lake. Roughly 500 people learned about water quality, land use, and Lake Superior from the deck of the L.L Smith, Jr. this summer.
Rip Currents Hit Home
Sea Grant is working nationally and on a Great Lakes level to inform people how to escape deadly rip currents, which caused a death in Lake Superior last summer.
Community Concerns Explored Along North Shore
Land, jobs, age, and health over 100 people spent a day discussing Minnesota's coastal community. Review some of the statistics and issues presented at the 7th annual State of the Coast conference.
Sea Grant Aids Superfund Site Clean-Up
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe wrestles with information about the toxins left on their lands. Find out what three panels of experts suggest should happen next.
A Tale of Two Cities’ Lawn Care Practices
Plymouth, MN, like a growing number of Twin Cities suburbs, has an ordinance restricting the use of phosphorus for lawn fertilization. Plymouth's neighboring city, Maple Grove, does not have a phosphorus-restricting ordinance. This sets up an opportunity to compare lawn care practices between homeowners in the two cities and see if the ordinance reduces the phosphorus content of water runoff.
“Sensing” Duluth’s Streams
Four of Duluth's 42 streams will soon flow past your computer on their way to Lake Superior. A project is underway to monitor the water quality of the streams, and to deliver information through a Web site and interactive kiosks.
Cass Lake Superfund Update
Long-awaited actions to protect the public health of residents of the St. Regis Superfund Site are set to begin this winter.

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