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Researchers Gather to Discuss Superior Streams

Photo: Mother and child enjoying Lake Superior Stream. Photo by Chris J. Benson.

On January 6-7, 2016, the University of Minnesota Duluth will host the Minnesota Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium. The event, which summarizes recent studies on Minnesota's tributaries to Lake Superior, runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Kirby Ballroom at 1120 Kirby Dr., University of Minnesota Duluth.

Researchers, managers, agency staff, tribal authorities and staff from natural resource NGOs will present the latest research on Lake Superior stream and watershed research, share data and data gaps and discuss management issues, objectives and strategies for the future.

"The Lake Superior watershed is a complex subject involving interests in Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan," explains Brian Shipley, Consul, Canadian Consulate in Minneapolis. "Gathering this group of researchers provides an exciting opportunity to share knowledge and work collaboratively across borders for the future." Shipley, who will be presenting on Wednesday, explained that tributaries are susceptible to industrial pollution, hydroelectric facilities, barrier dams, loss of wetlands, land-use practices, impacts from timber harvesting, mining, agricultural practices, urban development, and sedimentation.

The Lake Superior watershed in Minnesota spans 6,200 mi2 (16,000 km2) and all associated rivers, streams and inland lakes that drain into Lake Superior from this area. Challenges for managing water quality in the watershed include changing climate patterns, increasing demand for inland lakeshore property, stormwater runoff and contamination from failing septic systems. Many inland lakes also include wetlands, which can also be lost or compromised by these factors.

Registration for the symposium is required. More information is available online: www.lrcd.org/mn-lake-superior-watershed-stream-science-symposium-ii.html

The Laurentian Resource Conservation and Development Council organized the Stream Science Symposium with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota Sea Grant, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lake Superior Coldwater Coalition and Trout Unlimited. This Symposium was funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and NOAA under Award NA14NOS4190055 provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program.

Posted on January 4, 2016

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