July 2022 Highlights

Hello Friends,

After a decade-long absence, the Port of Duluth-Superior welcomed cruise ships. Pictured above is the 665-foot Viking Octantis, which is scheduled to make multiple stops in Duluth this season. Minnesota Sea Grant provided research support via a fast-track grant for the study: Estimating the Economic Value of the Pleasure Cruise Industry in the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2020. The final report from the project in  July 23, 2021, is available online.

Minnesota Sea Grant fast-track grants offer small awards of up to $10,000 (cost-share or match not required). We encourage you to contact us if you have an idea!
Image credit: John A. Downing
Table of Contents
  1. Director's Update
  2. Extension Update
  3. Funded Extension Projects
  4. Fellowship Update
  5. Funded Research Projects
  6. Funding Opportunities
  7. Events
  8. Communications Update

Director's Update

Director John A. Downing

Septic Secrets for Clean Water. In summer, people’s use of seasonal shore land residences increase dramatically. The waste from the people in those residences is mostly treated by septic systems, but can be very harmful to water, lakes and rivers if septic systems don’t work properly. There are 152,000 septic systems on the shores of Minnesota lakes and rivers and they treat 10 billion gallons of waste each year.

One of the most useful talks I have heard in a very long time was by Sara Heger in Itasca Waters’ Practical Water Wisdom series, co-sponsored by Minnesota Sea Grant. The presentation video is online and should be required viewing by anyone with a septic system or anyone using one. Sara told us how septic systems work and what each of us can do to keep them working well. Here are some dirty gems from her septic talk.
  • By Minnesota state code, every septic system needs to be pumped or evaluated every three years or less (whether seasonal or continuous residence).
  • You need to start budgeting for a new septic system if yours is more than 20 years old.
  • New septic systems and drain fields can cost $18,000-$30,000.
  • “Septic safe” is a meaningless marketing tool.
  • No septic system needs an additive purported to improve its functioning.
  • To protect your septic system: Conserve water, keep large plants off drain fields, spread out water usage, avoid antibacterial or toxic products, don’t use your toilet or sink as a garbage can, filter washing machine drain water, clean toilets without chemicals, replace old toilets and washing machines with high-efficiency models, use low-phosphorus cleaning products, keep fat and oils out of drains, don’t use garbage disposals, and test your toilet paper to make sure it disintegrates.
If you own or use a septic system, this dirty-water movie may be the best 35 minutes you spend this summer.

Watch out for AIS! This is the season that we all want to be out on lakes and streams enjoying the quality environment of Minnesota. When we do, we can each play a role in being on the lookout for aquatic invaders and make sure we do everything possible to prevent their spread. In all but the lower third of the state, aquatic invasive species (AIS) are the top water concern of Minnesotans. MNSG is working hard to restore wetlands colonized by invasive cattails, keeping invasive carp out of the state by researching how to successfully produce Minnesota-grown bait fish, and working to enhance remediation of carp-infested waters.

Become an AIS Detector! Because early detection is key to stopping the spread of AIS, I strongly recommend that more Minnesotans join me and my family and become AIS Detectors. MNSG helped bring the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center (MAISRC) AIS Detectors Course free to Northcentral Minnesotans. The course is fun and is an excellent example of a high-quality virtual training program. I commend Megan Weber, Pat Mulcahy and Dan Larkin for their work on the course.

Staff Milestone. I am very excited to announce that we have an interim Extension Program Leader. Don Schreiner, MNSG fisheries specialist and former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lake Superior area fisheries supervisor joined our team in this new capacity June 27, 2022. Don has several decades of team-building experience and a long reputation for excellence in aquatic science and science outreach. Don understands Minnesota Sea Grant better than anyone I know. He got his master’s degree working on a MNSG-funded research project, worked with MNSG for decades in his MNDNR role, served on our MNSG Advisory Board, was (and is) a significant force behind the revitalization of our Fish, Food, and Aquaculture Program through his volunteer work starting in early 2014 and then as our fisheries specialist starting in early 2017 in a part-time paid position. Don worked closely with our Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator Amy Schrank and Aquaculture Extension Associate Kieran Smith who together have made our Fish, Food, and Aquaculture Program tremendously successful.

Don’s immediate priorities will be team-building among our extension educators, identifying technical skills and assistance needed to strengthen the extension team, and helping write our next strategic plan.

Speaking for our entire leadership team, we are grateful to Don for his willingness to share his extraordinary expertise and public-service-first vision with our team as our interim extension program leader. We are also grateful to his wife, Molly, for her generosity in sharing Don’s time with us.

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Earth's Eye Director's Column

Extension Update

Extension Leader Don Schreiner

I want to first thank everyone for their support and well wishes upon taking the interim extension program leader position. Some of my friends have been teasing me that I may have a good skill set in some areas, but apparently retirement is not one of them.

Seriously, one of the main reasons I accepted the position was the quality, commitment and professionalism of the extension educators we have at MNSG. I’m guessing a lot of you may not know what an extension educator is or does. From my perspective, extension educators are the public face of Sea Grant. They are scientists, educators, researchers and outstanding communicators. They are the folks who perform the outreach duties, help determine what research topics should be addressed by interacting with stakeholders and then making sure that the results of that research is passed on to stakeholders and interested citizens through various programs. Extension educators also develop the educational products and programs that are used by teachers, agencies, associations and other educators throughout the state. They are a busy bunch!

Below you will see just a small sampling of what our extension educators at MNSG are involved with. Over the next few months I will ask each extension educator to take the lead in contributing to this section of the newsletter and our Extension Column by sharing a bit of the work they do with you. 

Before I end I want to thank Jesse Schomberg for the many productive years that he served the citizens of Minnesota as a top notch extension educator, and for the last 15 years as the extension program leader for MNSG. Please take some time to read about many of Jesse’s accomplishments in a summary prepared by John Bilotta, Madison Rodman, Tiffany Sprague, and Cindy Hagley at the end of this section.

Again, thank you for your support and I look forward to working with many of you over the next few months.

Don Schreiner
Coastal Hazards of Superior (CHAOS). The Coastal Hazards of Superior (CHAOS) is a Community of Practice (CoP) focusing on the Minnesota and Wisconsin coasts of western Lake Superior. Founded in 2020, CHAOS continues to hold quarterly community of practice meetings, drawing an average of 60 participants per meeting.
Superior Shipboard Science for Educators. The 2022 Great Lakes Sea Grant Superior Shipboard Science Workshop wrapped up July 1, 2022. This year's Shipboard Science Workshop includes two educators from Illinois, three from Minnesota, one from Ohio, and five from Wisconsin who said they want to gain a deeper understanding of the types, abundance, and effects of microplastics on Lake Superior water quality and the lake’s food web. MNSG Undergraduate Extension Education Intern Megan Gilles will accompany this year’s workshop to gain professional experience. The educators will be aboard Duluth’s Vista Queen and the University of Minnesota Duluth, Large Lakes Observatory, Research Vessel (R/V) Blue Heron from June 27 through July 1, 2022.
Image credit: University of Minnesota Duluth
Fisheries and Aquaculture Supply Chain project videos. These two videos highlight the viable scenarios for the effective processing and distribution of commercial fish and aquaculture products in Minnesota identified by MNSG's Fisheries and Aquaculture Supply Chain project. 
Image credit: Minnesota Sea Grant
Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network (HazMaTON) 2022 Summer Webinar Series. Join HazMaTON for the second installment of our 2022 summer webinar series on July 20, 2022. The HazMaTON is a collaborative of specialists from the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, Hudson River, and St. Lawrence River regions focused on reducing risks associated with multiple modes of oil and other hazardous material transportation. The collaborative is committed to the dissemination of accurate, neutral, and data-driven information through education, outreach, and relationship building in order to improve public safety, the region’s economy, and environmental stewardship of our water resources.
Recreation and Water Safety Projects. MNSG's provides real-time boating safety information for recreational paddlers using the Duluth-Superior Harbor, St. Louis River, and the north and south shores of Lake Superior. MNSG's provides accurate and timely information to the public about the conditions on Park Point Beach, a seven-mile long Lake Superior sandbar in Duluth, Minnesota.
Image credit: M. Thoms

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Farewell Tribute to Jesse Schomberg

By John Bilotta with contributions from Cindy Hagley, Madison Rodman, Don Schreiner, and Tiffany Sprague.

In June, 2022, we celebrated and toasted Jesse Schomberg as he said goodbye to Minnesota Sea Grant after more than twenty years with the program. We wanted to share a bit more about Jesse and hope you’ll take a few minutes to share in our memories. Most recently, Jesse served as  Associate Director of Outreach and Extension Program Leader. As time allowed, he continued to be a stellar Coastal Communities Extension Educator. To say Jesse's extension work made an impact on Minnesota’s water resources, Lake Superior and the Great Lakes would be an understatement.

Here are a few examples of his contributions:
  • Leadership in the Duluth urban streams and watershed protection and restoration efforts serving as principal investigator on multiple grants and projects, including the Duluth Area Watershed Framework, and facilitating a cohort of watershed managers in the Duluth area.
  • Development of an observation, forecasting, and warning system for rip currents at three beaches on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, including the Great Lakes Beach Information Communication System and Park Point Beach programs.
  • Development of extension education programs that prioritize climate adaptation efforts, including encouraging communities to participate in the National Weather Service  Weather-Ready Nation program.
  • Participation in the National Nutrient Runoff Risk Reduction program where he helped shepherd the use of Minnesota Sea Grant’s Watershed Game.
  • Co-led the Northland NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Program) providing local policy leaders with water resource information essential for land-use management and planning.
Jesse’s innovative, collaborative, and productive approach to outreach program development and implementation has benefited Great Lakes communities, particularly Lake Superior, as well as the lakes themselves. His varied work has contributed to a better-informed public on many levels. For example: water recreational users are safer and better informed via and community leaders in water resources are better equipped to make informed water resource management decisions. Jesse’s adaptability and enthusiasm to discuss and teach to all audiences — youth, teachers, residents, resource professionals, and policy makers  — has made an impact across many communities.

Beyond these achievements Jesse served as a role model, mentor, advisor, and an active and respected team member on countless collaborative efforts. In doing so he has made a large and impressionable impact on the people and professionals working alongside him. Jesse has guided many Sea Grant educators, Green Corps members, interns, and other professionals who now carry with them a bit of his passion, enthusiasm, integrity and motivation to do great education and research. He led and served on multiple search and hiring committees that resulted in increased capacity and workforce development for the next generation of water educators and scientists. The many collaborative project teams he has been a part of continue with his keen sense for a focus on outcomes and impacts.

Among the many awards he has received, Jesse has been recognized by colleagues as a recipient of the Sea Grant Extension Assembly Outstanding Achievement Award and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Superior Outreach Award. Now Jesse is awarded some much deserved time off to enjoy his family, his love of fishing, hunting, camping, trail running, biking, raising chickens and jumping into refreshing Lake Superior not far from his home anytime he wants, whether June or January.

If fish could speak, if streams could vocalize, if lakes could pronounce, they would all join in the chorus of colleagues, professionals, and citizens in a song of thanks for Jesse’s great efforts and care. Join us in wishing Jesse the best of luck and prosperity. Lots of fun!

Funded Extension Projects

Externally Funded Projects
  • Exotic Invasive Species Management Internship. $68,301. USDI, NPS. Kitson. Ends 9/30/22.
  • Increasing environmental literacy through a parent/child. $18,500. USDI, NPS. Kitson. Ends 9/30/23.
  • Great Lakes Sea Grant Aquaculture Collaborative. $1,026,772. USDC, NOAA. Schrank. 8/31/22.
  • Extending Impact of U.S. EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office Using Sea Grant Outreach Capacity. $209,445, EPA. Ends 12/31/22.
    • Kitson. $82,137 received.
    • Kitson. $39,584 received.
    • Thoms $14,000 received.
  • Enhancing habitat and diversity in cattail dominated shorelines. $338,066. LCCMR. Schrank. Ends 6/30/23.
  • Determining market potential for food-fish aquaculture in Minnesota. $249,052. Ends 11/30/23.
    • Schrank. $55,522 received.
    • Peterson. $124,954 received. 
  • Increasing local food security: best practices and cost estimates for rearing Yellow Perch in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). $134,879. NOAA. Schrank. Ends 8/31/23.
  • Increase Golden Shiner production to protect aquatic communities. $188,000. LCCMR. Schrank. Ends 6/30/24.
  • Development of consumer education materials on seafood and aquaculture. $150,731. LCCMR. Schrank. Ends 8/31/23.
  • Using a Teacher Mentor Model to Expand the Impact of the Center for Great Lake Literacy’s Community of Practice. $21,967. USDC/NOAA. Kitson. Ends 12/31/22.
  • Hazardous Materials Transport Within the Laurentian Great Lakes Region. $68,400. USDC/NOAA/Ohio Sea Grant. Prihoda. Ends 7/31/22.
  • St. Louis River Estuary Workshop. $4,500. USDC/NOAA/MNDNR. Prihoda. Ends 6/30/22.
National Sea Grant Office-funded, active projects by MNSG staff.
  • Partners in Education (PIE) FY 20-22 RA. $ 44,544. Downing. Ends 1/31/23.
  • Watershed Game Education Program support from NOAA Regional Collaboration Teams. $56,500. Bilotta. Ends 1/31/2023.
  • NOAA Rapid Response Funding I. $100K. Ends  8/31/2022. 
  • NOAA Rapid Response Funding II. Ends 1/31/2023.
    • Recreational survey. $22,295. Schomberg.
    • Charter Captain. $14,564. Schrank.
    • SARS-COV-2. $13,141. Melvin.
  • Watershed Game Education Program Project Phase II support from NOAA Regional Collaboration Teams. $30K. Bilotta. Ends 1/31/23.
  • One Block at a Time: community-driven planning and implementation of multibenefit green infrastructure in marginalized neighborhoods across the Great Lakes. $46,195. Rodman. Ends 1/31/23.

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Extension Projects

Fellowship Update

Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie
Partner opportunity: The Woods Hole Sea Grant Science Communication Fellowship provides a year-long professional development experience in science communication based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Applications are due September 12, 2022.

Featured fellowship: If you are a qualified graduate student interested in population and ecosystem dynamics or marine resource economics, keep your eye on the 2023 NOAA Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship, which can provide up to three years of funding support. Applications will be due in early 2023.

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Fellowships and Internships

Funded Research Projects

A selection of these research projects is on our website.
Every two years we award approximately $2 million in research grants through a rigorous, competitive, peer-reviewed process. Below are highlights of our 2022-2024 funded research projects.
Didymo Invasion of Nearshore Lake Superior and its Tributaries.
This study of Didymo (“rock snot”) represents the first systematic survey along Minnesota’s North Shore streams and nearshore Lake Superior and will provide foundational data on the occurrence, phenology, and genetic diversity of Didymo. These data will be combined with ecological community data at multiple trophic levels to assess the potential impact of Didymo invasion or expansion on aquatic food webs.

Adam Heathcote. Didymo Invasion of Nearshore Lake Superior and Tributaries. ~$345,000 Ends. 6/30/24.

Image credit: Light micrograph of Didymo by Mark Edlund, Science Museum of Minnesota.

Investigating Drivers of Cisco Recruitment in Lake Superior.
The goal of this project is to investigate which processes affect the survival of larval (young) Cisco to mature adults (recruitment). Specifically, the research team will be investigating the biotic (e.g., biological factors like food availability, abundance of competitors or predator species) and abiotic (e.g., non-biological factors such as climate conditions, winter duration, water temperature, and nutrient loading) processes that are linked to recruitment of Cisco.

Lynn Waterhouse. Investigating Drivers of Cisco Recruitment in Lake Superior. ~$215,000 Ends 6/30/24.

Image credit: Don Schreiner/Minnesota Sea Grant

Climate Adaptation in Action: Tribal Climate Adaptation Tools and Resources Across the 1854 Ceded Territory.
This collaborative project seeks to bring together a range of expertise and perspectives to assess and evaluate progress toward climate resilience across the 1854 Ceded Territory and to use this knowledge to co-develop an updated adaptation plan for the 1854 Treaty Authority and the Bois Forte, Grand Portage, and Fond du Lac reservations that incorporates different knowledge (e.g. climate data and tribal observations and stories) and fosters relationships required to develop knowledge and resources that are both useful and used.

Heidi Roop. Climate Adaptation in Action: Updating and Expanding Tribal Climate Adaptation Tools and Resources Across the 1854 Ceded Territory. ~$305,000 (research). Ends 6/30/24.
Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie
A selection of these research projects is on our website.

2022-2024 MNSG-Funded Research
  • John Bischof. Development of Surrogate Broodstock for Increasing Aquaculture Production. ~$310,000 Ends. 6/30/24
  • Robert W. Sterner. Stoichiometry Meets Genomics: Assessing Limiting Factors for Diverse CHABs and Associated Toxins. ~$317,000 Ends 6/30/24.
2021-2022 MNSG-Funded Research
  • John Bischof. Cryopreservation of Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas) Embryos for Aquaculture.  ~$223,000. No-cost extension to 1/31/23.
  • Christopher Filstrup. Harmful Algal Blooms: Molecular Screening Tool to Rapidly Assess Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms in Minnesota Lakes. ~$213,000. No-cost extension to 9/30/22.
  • Nathan Johnson. Soil Chemistry and Microbiome Transplant for Wild Rice Restoration. ~$117,000. No-cost extension to 6/30/23.
  • Jessica Gutknecht. Lake Superior: Determining Future Potential Release of Mercury and Sulfur from Peatlands to the Lake Superior Basin. ~$189,000. No-cost extension to 6/30/22.
  • Melissa Maurer-Jones. Microplastics in Lake Superior: An Investigation of Size, Composition, and Weathering. ~$239,000. No-cost extension to 1/31/23.
2018-2020 MNSG-Funded Research
  • Lian Shen. Defining and Forecasting Dangerous Currents on Lake Superior's South Shore. ~$254K. No-cost extension to 6/30/22.
Support comes through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Program and the University of Minnesota. Find titles and journals of published results from previously funded research on our website.
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Research Projects

Funding Opportunities

Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie

Marine Debris Challenge Competition: Up to $3 million per project is available to support innovative research to application projects that will address the prevention and removal of marine debris  ($16 million total). Contact Alex Frie before 5 pm CST July 24, 2022, to discuss joint submissions.

Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions: Up to $300,000 per project will be available to support the creation of coalitions and partnerships to address marine debris prevention and removal ($3 million total). Contact Alex Frie before 5 pm CST August 2, 2022, to discuss joint submissions.

Minnesota Sea Grant fast-track grants offer small awards of up to $10,000 (cost-share or match not required). Fast-track awards are designed to:
  1. Address urgent and/or unforeseen needs
  2. Support exploratory research that will form the basis for the submission of a larger proposal
Grants should be:
  1. Relevant to the University of Minnesota Sea Grant's mission and/or focus areas
  2. Immediately useful to Minnesota Sea Grant stakeholders
  3. Useful in the near term
  4. Of importance to the communities and clients served by our program
If you are unsure if your project falls within the University of Minnesota Sea Grant's scope or if you have questions about the process, contact University of Minnesota Sea Grant Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie.

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Research Funding Opportunities


June Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network (HazMaTON) 2022 summer webinar: Fueling the Laurentian Great Lakes Region: Multiple Modes, Multiple Perspectives. June 15, 2022. In case you missed our June HazMaTON webinar, you can watch the recording. This panel presentation and discussion explored the movement of hazardous materials, with a focus on crude oil and its refined products, throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Lake Champlain, and Hudson River regions from multiple perspectives. Contact Kelsey Prihoda for information.

Superior Shipboard Science for Educators. June 27, 2022 through July 1, 2022. Shipboard science workshops are professional learning opportunities for educators from the Great Lakes region. Over 50 educators applied to participate in Minnesota Sea Grant's 2022 Shipboard Science Workshop. Eleven educators from the Great Lakes region were selected and are set to sail on Lake Superior beginning June 27 through July 1, 2022. Minnesota Sea Grant Environmental Literacy Extension Educator Marte Kitson will be leading the workshop and providing participating educators with curricula and resources that they can take home and use in their classrooms and other teaching environments. Contact Marte Kitson for information.

June 2022 Summer Coastal Hazards of Superior (CHAOS) Meeting. June 29, 2022. Our June summer Coastal Hazards of Superior (CHAOS) meeting provided attendees with an opportunity to learn about and discuss options for moving structures away from eroding bluffs and the Lake Superior shoreline. A recording of the event is on the Wisconsin Sea Grant YouTube channel. View the recording to tour recent changes to the Lake Superior shorelines using the Wisconsin Shoreline Inventory and Oblique Photo Viewer, hear the story of a Bayfield County resident who moved her home away from an eroding bluff edge, and learn more about the steps and process of structure moving including working with a mover and contractor. Join us at our next CHAOS meeting in the fall! Contact Madison Rodman for information.

Twin Ports Freshwater Folk: Don't Slip on the Didymo: Rock Snot Invades the North Shore. July 6, 2022. At this month's TPFF webinar, Senior Scientist at the Science Museum of Minnesota Mark Edlund will talk about the work being done to investigate the Didymo (i.e., Rock Snot) invasion on the North Shore of Lake Superior. As a project team member, Mark will also talk about the research being done for the Minnesota Sea Grant-funded research project Didymo Invasion on Nearshore Lake Superior and its Tributaries. Contact Alex Frie for information.

Practical Water Wisdom: Blue-Green Algae: What Causes It and Why You Should Care. July 7, 2022. Chris Filstrup, Natural Resources Research Institute applied limnologist, will discuss blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. Filstrup will share implications for lake and public health, environmental factors that contribute to cyanobacteria blooms including research from Minnesota lakes, and ways that you can contribute towards preventing cyanobacteria blooms in your favorite lake. Contact John A. Downing for information.

Playing the Coast Model of the Watershed Game: The New Classroom Version. July 13, 2022. Register for the 2022 National Marine Educators Association Conference and attend the July 13 session to play Minnesota Sea Grant's new Coast Model of the Classroom Version of the Watershed Game (WSG) and offer feedback on pilot classroom extension materials. The WSG is an interactive, educational tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality. Contact Maggie Karschnia for information.

Agaaming Aki: Overnight Camping Experience in Grand Portage. July 18, 2022 - July 22, 2022. During the summer of 2022, youth from Grand Portage, Minnesota will host peers from Bois Forte and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's youth outreach program, Gidakiimanaaniwigamig for two separate Agaaming Aki events. Agaaming Aki events are week-long overnight camping experiences for tribal youth, located in Grand Portage, Minnesota. Youth participants will have the opportunity to engage in science-based programming through hands-on experiences, witness an Ojibwe/Dakota star story presentation, craft with community members, and catch up on natural resource management career opportunities. Contact Marte Kitson for information.

Save-the-date: July 19, 2022. The July Twin Ports Climate Conversations event will be posted to the MNSG web event calendar as soon as details are available. Contact Madison Rodman for information.

Tribal Treaty Rights and Energy Infrastructure. July 20, 2022. Join the Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network (HazMaTON) for the second installment of our 2022 summer webinar series. This webinar will examine tribal treaty rights and how they apply to energy infrastructure projects, such as coal terminals and crude oil pipelines. The presenter will describe tribal law and treaty rights, their role in protecting natural resources, and the assertion of those rights by Native American and First Nation tribes as regulatory components to energy infrastructure projects. The presenter will also provide historical and present-day examples of treaty interpretation by United States courts. Contact Kelsey Prihoda for information.

Minnesota Stormwater Research Council Annual Meeting. July 21, 2022. You are invited to join the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council annual meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (times subject to slight changes). There are in-person and virtual participation options. The in-person participation option will also include a field tour of the biofiltration media optimization research study site located at the Outdoor Stream Lab at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and a BBQ lunch. Contact John Bilotta for information.

Twin Ports Freshwater Folk: An Introduction to New Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Staff. August 3, 2022. At this month's TPFF webinar, we will hear from multiple new staff members who will introduce themselves and share some of the work that they do for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. Contact Alex Frie for information.

Practical Water Wisdom: Understanding Minnesota's Changing Climate. August 4, 2022. Kenny Blumenfeld, senior climatologist for the Minnesota State Climate Office will break down observed trends in Minnesota’s climate to its essential points, emphasizing the ongoing changes in the quantity, timing, and intensity of precipitation, the rapid rate of winter warming, and how these changes have affected water features in Minnesota. Blumenfeld will also share what lies ahead for Minnesota's climate, according to the best available science. Contact John A. Downing for information.

Practical Water Wisdom: PFAS in Minnesota: Understanding the Impacts of Forever Chemicals. September 1, 2022. Sophie Greene, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) PFAS coordinator, will share an update on what the MPCA knows and doesn’t know about PFAS and its impacts on our state. PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a group of nearly indestructible chemicals that linger indefinitely once they make their way into the environment. Contact John A. Downing for information.

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Communications Update

Communications Manager Marie Thoms
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