Final Project Workshop for "Identifying Drowning Hotspots in the St. Louis River Estuary"

This final project workshop is being held for project participants (e.g., Harbor Safety Workgroup members, paddling for science volunteers) and interested community members to share project results and outputs, provide an introduction to the St. Louis River Estuary current model generated through this research, and discuss recommendations for enhancing Paddle Safe Twin Ports and other local water recreation safety messaging based on project findings.

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May 9, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT
Workshop agenda

Confluence Room at the Lake Superior Estuarium
3 Marina Drive, Superior, Wisconsin 54880

There will also be a virtual option for this event provided after registration.

Registration is required for virtual and in-person participants.


  • Chris Filstrup, NRRI, UMD
  • Chin Wu, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Joshua Anderson, Research Scientist, Hydroecology Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tiffany Sprauge, NRRI, UMD
  • Sarah Peterson, Graduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Workshop planning was done in collaboration with the Harbor Safety Workgroup, which is a sub-group of the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council Harbor Technical Advisory Committee's Navigation Subcommittee. The event is being co-hosted by Kelsey Prihoda and Natalie Chin (Climate and Tourism Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant).

This workshop is funded using Federal funds under award NA22NOS4190054 from the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

Kelsey Prihoda - Sea Grant Great Lakes Transportation Extension Educator

Image: Locations of drowning and incidents in the St. Louis River Estuary and water access points (boating, beaches, campgrounds).