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Public Talk To Feature Local Watery Web Sites

March 22, 2004

The public is invited to the next free talk in the “Liquid Science” speaker series, hosted by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Continent Ecology Division.

On April 13 at 7 p.m. at Hartley Nature Center (3001 Woodland Ave.), Cynthia Hagley, environmental quality extension educator with Minnesota Sea Grant, will present, “Water on the Web and Duluth Streams: Windows to the Health of Northern Minnesota Streams and Lakes.” Hagley will demonstrate the ease with which anyone with Internet access can obtain information about streams and lakes in our own back yard, including the St. Louis River. Water on the Web (www.waterontheweb.org) and Duluth Streams (www.duluthstreams.org) bring continuously-collected (in the ice-free season, that is) water quality data, maps, pictures, explanations of how lakes and streams work, and curricula for science classes to your home or office.

“Best of all,” said Hagley, “the data are easy to visualize and interpret using the animation tools available on the Web sites. For example, you can log on and watch stream water quality change as a result of a storm in our area or see how lakes change throughout the seasons.” Whether you are interested in data to help you better manage local resources or simply want to know more about lakes and streams in our region, these Web sites are for you.

A reception will follow the talk. For more information, visit Liquid Science online or contact Minnesota Sea Grant by e-mail or by phone (218-726-8106).

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This series was made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Waters and Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program through the Coastal Zone Management Act, which is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.