views of the estuary area


the 6th Annual
St. Louis River Summit

Sharing Our Visions

Feb 3-4, 2016

The goal of the summit is to share information about the St. Louis River among people in the community, students, scientists, educators, industry, and natural resource managers.

Summit Downloads: Agenda | Abstract | Attendee Roster

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Walk-In Registration
We will be accepting walk-in registrations at the Summit on both days. The registration fee is $20 and we will only accept cash for the exact amount or a check made out to the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.


Summit Location
University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union
1605 Catlin Ave.



Keynote Speaker: John Austin

John Austin directs the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation, a center for ideas and network-building to advance Michigan's economic transformation and a Fellow with the Brookings Institution. Austin created and directed the Great Lakes Economic Initiative for the Brookings Institution where he authored key Brookings reports that directly shaped the region's economic development agenda that led to federal support for Great Lakes clean-up and restoration, and regional understanding and actions to build on our Great Lakes and water resources as an economic asset, the "Blue Economy", a term Austin coined.


Feb 3 RiverTalks Speaker: Natalie Warren

7 p.m. at the UW-Superior, Swenson Hall, 1610 Weeks Ave., Superior, WI
Natalie and Ann Raiho were the first two women to paddle the 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in 2011, following Eric Sevareid's route from Canoeing With the Cree.

She and Ann were nominated for Canoe & Kayak's 2012 Expedition of the Year and were written about in Outside Magazine, Canoe & Kayak and the Star Tribune. The skills they acquired from planning and executing this trip prepared Natalie to start Wild River Academy



2016 St. Louis River Summit Sponsors Wisconsin Coastal Management Program


Lake Superior Reserve Overview

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, the most recent addition to the National Estuarine Reserve System, is one of 28 areas across the country designated for long-term research on coastal resources and the human populations those resources support. The Lake Superior NERR is located along a river-to-lake gradient at the confluence of the St. Louis River and Lake Superior, the largest and most pristine of the Great Lakes.The Superior-Duluth harbor is one of the largest ports in the U.S. The Reserve works in partnership to improve the understanding of Lake Superior freshwater estuaries and coastal resources and to address the issues affecting them through an integrated program of research, education, outreach, and stewardship. The Reserve is comprised exclusively of public lands and waters and contains ~16,000 acres of repesentative terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including riparian and riverine habitat; riverine islands; emergent freshwater marshes, interdunal wetlands and scrub swamp; aspen, dry and hardwood forests; and open sand beach and dunes. The Lake Superior Reserve land-owner partners are Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, City of Superior, Douglas County and the University of Wisconsin. Several other partnering agencies, from both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa also sit on our Reserve Advisory Board.

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Updated: 12/17/2015