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Plastic Pollution Headlines River Talk Series

Grab a mug of coffee or maybe a glass of beer and learn about the St. Louis River Estuary at the same time. The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs are starting the fourth year of science café-type evening talks about the estuary.

These informal "River Talks" begin in October and will be held monthly through April, starting in Duluth and then moving across the estuary to Superior.

The first River Talk, "Big and Small: Plastic Garbage in the St. Louis River, Great Lakes and Pacific Ocean," is scheduled for Wed., Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Iron Mug Coffee & Ale House (1096 88th Ave. W., Duluth, Minn.), Lorena Rios Mendoza, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, will describe her research project about micro- and macroplastics in the St. Louis River and other waterways.

Questions? Contact series organizer, Marie Zhuikov with Wisconsin Sea Grant: 715-919-2154 or

Dates and tentative topics are:

Nov. 9, 2016 -- Piping Plover Habitat Restoration, 7 p.m. at Black Woods Grill & Bar, 2525 London Rd., Duluth, MN

No talk in December

Jan. 11, 2017 -- Wisconsin Point Habitat Restoration, 7 p.m. at the Iron Mug Coffee & Ale House, 1096 88th Ave. W., Duluth, MN

Feb. 8, 2017 -- Steel Corrosion in the Harbor, location to be announced, Superior, WI

Mar. 14, 2017 -- River History and Stories, location to be announced, Superior, WI

Apr. 12, 2017 -- Mercury Research Project, location to be announced, Superior WI


Updated: 12/17/2015