2024 St. Louis River Summit: Braiding Visions for an Enduring Future (Day 1 of 3 - Presentation 1)

The St. Louis River Summit is a multi-day opportunity to learn and share about the St. Louis River. Like an estuary, the St. Louis River Summit is a place where people meet and mix. It provides a diversity of solutions and strategies for a healthy St. Louis River watershed and nourishes the community with education and outreach opportunities. Since 2010, the St. Louis River Summit has brought together key audiences working in the region.

The Summit provides many learning opportunities. Join us in learning about the following: 

  • The status and findings of current research
  • The results of implementing projects
  • Ideas and discussion of future work
  • Ways that people are connecting with the river

Join us for one or both of our two presentations where MNSG's Madison Rodman and Jessy Carlsonwill be presenting at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve's 14th Annual St. Louis River Summit.

Presentation one details:

One Block at a Time: Equitable Adaptation Through Green Infrastructure

The One Block at a Time project focuses on enhancing resilience to climate hazards in four marginalized Great Lakes neighborhoods. This presentation will outline our approach to identifying neighborhood vulnerabilities, fostering communication between municipal and community leaders through listening and visioning sessions, and implementing small-scale, multi-beneficial green infrastructure in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota. Our community-centric engagement processes aimed to broaden access to climate information, involve diverse groups in planning, and enhance environmental literacy on climate hazards and mitigation strategies. We assembled a diverse team comprising community members, non-profit organizations, and AmeriCorps VISTAs to develop and implement stormwater education and outreach and a rain barrel for residents program. By prioritizing community-led visioning and planning, we transitioned from a traditional outreach model towards a shared leadership model in community resilience efforts. The presentation will also address the replicability of our work and share a recently published web-based toolkit on our approach to community-driven engagement and planning. Additionally, we will showcase a 5-minute video summarizing our project, featuring one of our community leadership team members.


March 6, 2024
9:40 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. CT

View the full 2024 Summit program


UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union
Superior, WI


  • Madison Rodman, Resilience Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
  • Tiffany Sprague, Organizational Development Manager, University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute


Registration is required. Registration provides access to live presentations about current St. Louis River work, a choice of networking sessions, an evening Poster and Art session, and the opportunity to attend a field trip. Lunch is provided to registered guests on March 6 and 7.

Registration Rates:

  • Cost to attend the Summit: $60.00 per person
  • Student registration is free
  • Online registration closes February 28, 2024. The cost for same-day walk-in registration is $90

Conference host:

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve

Presentation two details:

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Code Audits: Updating Local Regulatory Structures for a Changing Climate


Karina Heim, Coastal Training Program Coordinator

Image credit: Kate Murray and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve