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Sea Grant 50th - in August we celebrate Graduate Education!

Please Help - Request from Carol Stepien to help circulate at fisher/angler survey for a GLRI project on invasive species vectors ...   Contact for more information.

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Staff News

8/25/16 - Get to Know Our Lake Champlain Watershed Summer Tour: Winooski One Hydro Plant
8/29/16 - Fisheries Leadership Institute - Crown Point, NY
9/10/16 - Stone Lab Open House - Put-in-Bay, OH
9/15/16 - Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference - Toledo, OH
9/21/16 - Sustainable Landscape Stewards - University of VT
9/22/16 - Clean Water Summit - Chaska, MN
9/22/16 - Green Stormwater Infrastructure Bike Tour - Burlington, VT
9/23/16 - Buckeye Island Hop - Put-in-Bay, OH
9/29/16 - Social Marketing Workshop - University of VT
10/6/16 - Realtor Workshop: Demystifying FEMA and Floodplain Maps & Vermont's Shoreland Protection Act - Univ of VT
10/25-27/16 - Illinois Water Conference - Champaign-Urbana
Press Releases and Articles

Program News
NY - NYSDEC and NY Sea Grant Announce $192K in Grants for Great Lakes Basin Projects and Request Proposals for New Projects

  • City of Rochester: $25,000 to develop a Green Infrastructure Design and Maintenance Manual to encourage and guide the proper use and installation of green infrastructure technologies with an emphasis on retrofit and redevelopment projects;
  • Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council: $25,000 to provide outreach and education to municipalities to promote enrollment in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS), which focuses on reducing risk and building resilience;
  • University at Buffalo: $25,000 to quantify nutrient fluxes from representative urban and agricultural subwatersheds in Western New York to better understand the sources and timing of these fluxes and their impacts on the nearshore areas of NY’s Great Lakes; 
  • Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District: $25,000 to assess, research, and complete geographical, fisheries, and wildlife surveys to aid in the establishment of an action plan to restore Port Bay’s East Barrier Bar;
  • Onondaga Environmental Institute: $24,998 to enhance the resiliency, water quality and aquatic habitat value of Onondaga Creek by increasing riparian buffers, improving bank stability, and removing invasive Phragmites;
  • Finger Lakes Institute: $20,112 to develop a water quality monitoring program that works with citizen scientists to determine levels and sources of nutrients and bacteria in the nearshore area of Cayuga Lake;
  • Clarkson University: $18,630 to measure high resolution water quality parameters in the nearshore zone of the St. Lawrence River that will assist water resource managers in assessing risk, uncertainties, and changing conditions related to water level and water quality management in this region;
  • Center for Transformative Action: $15,000 to create and distribute 20 CurrentCast (60-second syndicated radio series and podcast) segments that educate the public about issues and activities related to topics such as stormwater management, shoreline protection, flooding and erosion protection, riparian restoration, wetlands protection, and green infrastructure; and
  • Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program: $14,183 to develop the Tributary Adoption and Identification Pilot Program resulting in simple, public-friendly information management tools focused on enhancing local public awareness, involvement, and understanding of watershed issues and concerns.

WI - Three New Studies Aim to Protect and Better Manage Wisconsin’s Water Wealth 
NY - Sea Grant Pacific Region Coastal Experiences Valuable for New York’s Water Resources 
Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades - Press Release

WI - Speak Up - You Have a Stake in the Lakes (survey)
IL-IN - Tell us your favorite waterway moment

Research News
WI - A Ray of Light (photolysis research)
WI - Unraveling the Radium Riddle
IL-IN - Discovery Grant research reveals that X-ray chemical turns toxic in disinfected drinking water
IL-IN - Purdue researchers get to the bottom of another quagga mussel impact
MI - Early results from an experimental lake whitefish trawl fishery suggest minimal impact on gamefish.
OH - Lake Erie Fishery Managers Ask Anglers to Scan Yellow Perch
OH -  NOAA, partners predict smaller harmful algal bloom for western Lake Erie
OH - NOAA and Partners Issue 2016 Seasonal Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast from Ohio State’s Stone Lab
OH - Ohio Sea Grant Research to Determine How Algal Blooms Impact Fish’s Vision and Hunting Behavior
NY - Buoys, installed through funding by NYSG and partners, help predict toxic algal blooms
IL-IN - Climate change may be a key driver in managing nutrient pollution
MI - Great Lakes offering warmer water for summer pleasure

Outreach and Communications
WI - Sea Grant to Offer Community Engagement Student Training
MI - Great Lakes commercial fishers get hands-on experience in emergency procedures
MN - Get Your Habitattitude On While Touring Ponds in the Twin Cities
MI - “Crude Move” webinar series discusses crude oil transport
WI - Wisconsin Maritime Museum Hosts Photo Display 
IL-IN - Yeah buoy! #SciComm in the age of social media
IL-IN - Video shows where nature’s kidneys get their name
MI - A Great Time to Fish for Gar
MI -  Sea Grant 50th Anniversary: Celebrating the work of our Extension educators - Katy Hintzen-Saginaw Bay
MI - Urban and rural communities, Michigan Sea Grant educator Mark Breederland is proud to serve them all
MI - Rain barrel art project teaches lessons in water conservation
MI - Add more color to your green infrastructure
MI - Improving water quality one barrel at a time
MI - State releases Part 2 of its official Water Strategy
MI - Michigan has a viable and sustainable bait industry
MI - Discover tall ships, shipwrecks, islands and more when you explore Lake Huron
OH - Dredging up the Polluted Past
Lake Champlain - Community Resilience: Prioritizing Green and Natural Stormwater Infrastructure in Vermont Development
IL-IN - #IISGreads 003 | Joel Davenport
IL-IN - Species spotlight: Hellbender
MI - What, exactly, is an alligator gar?
MI - The Tiger Musky
MI - Five different species of lamprey live in the Great Lakes region
MI - Holy carp! Another invasive carp threatens to invade U.S.

IL-IN - Teachers chart new course after week aboard Lake Guardian
MI - Northeast Michigan group wins place-based education award
MN - Muskies Inc. Partners with Sea Grant to Award $1,000 Scholarship
WI - Doors Are Opening for 2016 Weston Scholarship Winner 
WI - Switching from Lakes to Streams: Alex Latzka, New Water Resources Policy Fellow
WI - Danielle Cloutier: Policy Opens the Possibilities
WI - First Keillor Fellow in Place: Adam Bechle 
IL-IN - Intern update: Abigail Petersen
IL-IN - Intern update: Jordan Lillybridge
IL-IN - Intern update: Lauren Schnoebelen
IL-IN - Intern update: Ashley Rice
IL-IN - Middle schoolers get their hands wet at Peoria 4-H STEM camp
MI - Warfare on the Waterfront – education, not geopolitics!
OH - Learning for Life
OH - A Global Impact  [education, GLOBE program]

News Media
Great Lakes, Dangerous Waters (NPR) - part 1: Ohio Mother Mourns Son Taken by Lake Erie Current in 2013, part 2: The Science of Lake Currents, part 3: Great Lakes Drownings Hit Small Michigan County, and part 4: Can Drownings Be Eliminated on the Great Lakes?  (part 3 includes and interview with Michigan Sea Grant's Mark Breederland) also picked up in Chicago Tribune as Drowning reports show Lake Michigan is the deadliest Great Lake

Edible Grand Traverse magazine (pages 28-35) coverage of the Seafood Summit 

Detroit Free Press story on Phragmites quotes MI Sea Grant's Mary Bohling 

MN - Reprints

Lake Champlain - Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Special Issue on Lake Champlain
Editor-in-Chief Joseph Simpson had this to say about it: "The book contains 401 pages of history, science, policy, and law surrounding the Lake Champlain TMDL and its implications for Vermont and other waterbodies throughout the country.” Note that Breck Bowden is a contributor, authoring the third chapter.   Here is a link to it:

NY - Water Wise for Home Gardeners

NY - Seafood HACCP Online Training Course

Sea Grant Newsletters
MI - Upwellings - July 2016

  • It’s official! Michigan Sea Grant has a new office in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Brandon Schroeder is passionate about place-based education
  • Mary Bohling’s love of paddling has helped bring water trails to DetroitSteve Stewart takes Great Lakes literacy seriously
  • Ron Kinnunen’s work in the UP benefits the citizens of MichiganHABs on the horizon - Part 1: NSF project describes effects of climate change on Great Lakes
  • Michigan Sea Grant welcomes new editorCotrone, Bailey join Michigan Sea Grant as program assistants
  • Learning through immersion: Adventures on the Huron RiverFreshwater drum: A fun fish for kids of all ages
  • Experience the night skies of northern Lake HuronLearn about aquaculture from experts through new webinar series

OH - Twineline - Summer 2016

  • Learning for Life
  • Tracking Harmful Algal Blooms from Source to Impact
  • 15th Class Graduates from Toledo Local Government Leadership Academy
  • Ohio Clean Marinas Program Re-Launches Shrink Wrap Recycling Program
  • Taking Climate Explorations to New Shores
  • Close to Home
  • Watching Fish See
  • Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative
  • Stone Lab Workshops 2016
  • Student Spotlight: Tony Murphy
  • Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL)

NY - Coastlines - Summer 2016

  • Spotlight: Opportunities & Upcoming Events
    • Event: Second Annual "Ferry 2 Two Roads" to Benefit NYSG's Long Island Sound Outreach Efforts
    • Event: "Should I stay or should I go?" Communicating Risk when the Storm Comes
    • Funding: New York's Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program - 2016 Request for Proposals
    • Training Courses: Seafood Safety
  • Feature Stories
    • NYSG's Knauss Fellow Spreads Ocean Optimism Internationally
    • Announcing Our New Omnibus Research Projects
    • What's New in Extension?
    • Matt Hare looks at restoring oysters in the Hudson
    • Sound Scholars and Stewards

WI - Aquatic Sciences Chronicle - 2016 Vol 2

  • Tracking Mercury: Chemical “Fingerprinting” Determines Sources
  • The Student Side of Sea Grant
  • Ponds—A Great Place to Live (And Read About!)
  • Get Your Feet Wet With Our Third STEM Kit
  • Love of Math and Nature Leads Student to Lake Michigan Mud
  • Solidifying Stakeholder Engagement
  • Long Trawl Yields Big Data Haul: Sixty-five days. Nine weeks. Two-plus months.
  • Goby Creep Closer to Lake Winnebago
  • Becoming a Force for Nature
  • New Advisory Council Member Spends Time in the Dead Zone
  • Goodbye, Mr. Potter—But Not Farewell
  • Great Lakes Exploration and Education: Its People and Projects

WI - Great Lakes Takes: The Blog on Tumblr - AIS, Keillor Fellowship, Education

Staff News
New Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator - Elliot Nelson
Elliot Nelson officially opened his new Michigan Sea Grant office in June 2016, in Sault Ste. Marie. This new venture adds a second Michigan Sea Grant educator in the Upper Peninsula as Nelson joins Ron Kinnunen, located in Marquette, in serving above the bridge.  Nelson’s office is located at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, forging a unique partnership between Michigan Sea Grant, Lake Superior State University and Michigan State University Extension.  Nelson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science at University of Michigan. He will provide education and outreach programming related to commercial, tribal, and aquaculture fisheries; coastal community development, including tourism and Great Lakes commerce; water quality; and coastal ecosystems.

Michigan Sea Grant welcomes new editor - Geneva Langeland
Geneva Langeland recently joined Michigan Sea Grant as communications editor. A 2016 graduate of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Langeland will apply her Master of Science degree in environmental policy and communication as managing editor of this newsletter. She will also maintain Michigan Sea Grant’s social media presence and provide writing and editing support for Sea Grant projects and initiatives.  Based in Ann Arbor, Langeland can be contacted at

New Michigan Sea Grant as program assistants - Jack Cotrone and Kate Bailey
Jack Cotrone and Kate Bailey joined Michigan Sea Grant earlier this year to assist with ongoing projects.  Jack Cotrone can be contacted at and Kate Bailey can be reached 

Lake Champlain Aquatic Educator Erin De Vries Moves to Great Lakes of Michigan
Rubenstein School staff member Erin De Vries (MS-NR '08) will step down on July 15 from her position as Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator for theUniversity of Vermont Watershed Alliance, a key partnership between the Lake Champlain Sea Grant(LCSG) and UVM Extension. After six years with the Watershed Alliance, Erin and her family are moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan where her husband will start a new job.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the UVM Watershed Alliance Program have a position posted for a program assistant. Details

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