2024 St. Louis River Summit: Braiding Visions for an Enduring Future (Day 1 of 3 - Presentation 2)

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 two details (Poster Presentation):

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

The impacts of climate change, such as increasingly intense storms and more frequent floods, mean regulatory frameworks designed to manage stormwater runoff in previous decades may no longer be effective; codes and ordinances may inadvertently prohibit or inhibit the use of nature-based approaches to managing stormwater runoff. To adapt to current and projected climate change scenarios, local governments need updated regulatory frameworks that effectively manage stormwater runoff in a changed climate. Adapting local regulations to promote systematic use of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and other nature-based solutions is a key strategy that can contribute to the development of resilient, climate-adapted communities.

We worked with ten urban and rural municipalities across the Duluth area to conduct code audits and assist with designing and accomplishing community-specific GSI objectives, and we are currently expanding this project to include Lake and Cook Counties. These participating communities display a diverse array of geographical and demographic characteristics. However, after working with these communities’ technical staff and elected representatives to assess their regulatory structures and internal policies for areas that could be updated to prepare for increased heavy precipitation events, we have noted some important themes regarding needs, challenges, and opportunities that cut across the region. This poster will share what we are hearing from these communities and whether these themes point to emerging climate adaptation needs in Northeast Minnesota. 


March 6, 2024
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT

View the full 2024 Summit program


UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union
Superior, WI


  • Jessy Carlson, Resilience Extension Associate, University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
  • Madison Rodman, Resilience Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
  • Tiffany Sprague, Organizational Development Manager, University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute
  • Juli Beth Hinds, Principal at Birchline Planning LCC, Staff Research Associate and Lecturer University of California San Diego


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 one details:


Karina Heim, Coastal Training Program Coordinator

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