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A Tale of Two Estuaries Science Panel

March 8, 2006

In celebration of the St. Louis River Citizen Action Committee’s 10th anniversary, the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs are offering a free public science panel. “A Tale of Two Estuaries: Restoring the Endangered Ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay and St. Louis River” will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute Conference Center, 600 N 21 St., Superior, Wisc.

The panel will feature keynote speaker Dr. Beth McGee, senior water quality scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). The foundation is the largest conservation organization dedicated to restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It operates 15 environmental education programs and has more than 140,000 active members and a $17.5 million annual budget.

Dr. McGee will discuss how the CBF has helped restore the Chesapeake Bay estuary and the science that drives the foundation’s programs. She will also give tips about how to motivate public participation in watershed restoration programs.

Her talk will be followed by interactive panel presentations by 4-5 local St. Louis River experts who will discuss the progress made in areas such as fisheries, habitat, and water quality issues. Local speakers include John Lindgren with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Deborah Swackhamer with the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Heidi Bauman with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Lynelle Hanson with the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee.

Audience questions will be welcomed. Refreshments provided.

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