views of the estuary area


the 6th Annual
St. Louis River Summit

Sharing Our Visions

Feb 3-4, 2016

Registration is now OPEN!

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.

Deadline: January 19, 2016

 Submit an abstract
Deadline: December 18, 2015


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 Insitution.  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

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

Deadline: January 19, 2016

Registration fee is $20 and includes lunch, breaks and refreshments. 
Students attend for free, but must still register.  This year we will have a student job and research opportunity board. The Yellowjacket Union is located at 1605 Catlin Ave. on the UW-Superior campus.


Submit an abstract
Deadline: December 18, 2015

We invite you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or poster at our 6th Annual St. Louis River Summit, Sharing Our Visions.

Abstract topics must be relate to the biological, social, ecological or economic significance of the St. Louis River and its surrounding and contributing communities.  We especially encourage submissions on these topics: ecosystem services, marine debris, port landuse planning, sediments/sedimentation and the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

A poster session will take place the afternoon of February 3 and will remain for viewing until the end of the Summit.  When you submit an abstract you will also be asked to register for the Summit.

For more information contact Gail Epping Overholt  (715) 392-3141


Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Minnesota Sea Grant, Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, University of Wisconsin Extension, University of Wisconsin-Superior, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.




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: 2/03/2014