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Lake Ontario Flooding - Submerged docks and sandbagging. Cape Vincent, NY. Photo: Mary Austerman, New York Sea Grant  



September 22-23 - Watershed Game - Train the Trainer Workshop - Loves Park, IL
September 27 - State of the Bay Conference - Bay City, MI
September 28 - 5th Annual Water Palooza - Chicago, IL
September 29 - Road Salt and Deicing Conference - Burlington, VT
October 2 - Online Town Hall: Solving North Shore Water Quality Challenges - MN Sea Grant Online
October 6-8 MAEOE (Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education) Annual Conference - Central Michigan University
October 7 - HabitattitudeTM Surrender Event: Surrender Unwanted Pets Instead of Releasing Them - Duluth, MN
October 12 - 13 Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium Conference - Fishtown, Leland, MI
October 11-13 - Extension Land-Grant Annual Program Conference: One Extension, One Minnesota - Brooklyn Park, MN
October 12 - Ohio Department of Higher Education Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative Proposal Deadline
October 12 - Aquatic Invasive Species Intern Presentation by Billy Otten - Duluth, MN
October 17-18 - Minnesota Water Resources Conference - St. Paul, MN
October 10-25 - Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities: A Special Edition for Recreational Professionals in Port Communities - Duluth, MN
October 20 - Buckeye Island Hop - Put-in-Bay, OH
November 8 - Alworth Institute International Lecture Series: The Kristianstad Vattenrike - Learning from the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Model - Duluth, MN
November 9-11 - Place-Based Education Conference - Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti

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National Sea Grant - Extension Liaison Selected for the National Water Center
In an effort to meet the needs of water management decision-makers, The University of Alabama (UA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service and NOAA Sea Grant announce that Karen Bareford has been hired as the national water extension liaison at the National Water Center (NWC).  Located at the NWC on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Bareford will work with community stakeholders and partners to understand what information they need to make the best decisions possible. She also will develop and deliver outreach products based on relevant NWC science.  As a member of the NWC and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Bareford will work with NWC scientists and Sea Grant extension professionals across the country to ensure they understand what information decision-makers need (and in which formats) to best plan for water challenges.

IL-IN Sea Grant - Illinois biennial report recognizes positive, voluntary steps to reduce nutrient loss
As part of the state’s on-going commitment to reduce nutrient losses, the directors of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the release of the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report.   Read More

OH Sea Grant - Ohio Sea Grant Researcher Receives NOAA Grant to Study When Algal Blooms Become Harmful
Dr. Justin Chaffin, research scientist for The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant, along with partners across Ohio and Michigan, has received funding from NOAA to study what causes Lake Erie algal blooms to become toxic. The study, which will incorporate both computer modeling and hands-on laboratory experiments, is focused on providing more guidance to water utilities on when they should plan to treat drinking water for algal toxins.  Read More

WI Sea Grant - Unique Floating Staircases will Allow Park Visitors to Reach the Beach Safely on Lake Michigan
Gene Clark, a coastal engineer for Wisconsin Sea Grant, is included in a grant recently funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and led by the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department to design, construct and demonstrate floating staircase sections that fit the bluff’s topography. If and when additional bluff movement happens, the staircases would not be destroyed, and could simply be repositioned so that they are level.  Read More

WI Sea Grant - World’s Largest Aquaponics Operation Opens in American Heartland
Superior Fresh, LLC, opened in late August thanks to a university-private industry collaboration and is expected to employ up to 50 people. The business reports it is the largest aquaponics facility in the world and the first indoor recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in Wisconsin raising Atlantic salmon.  Read More

Lake Champlain Sea Grant - Raise the Blade Research Has Begun

Ten Burlington businesses are helping University of Vermont (UVM) researchers understand how lawn care practices might influence the cleanliness of water in local streams and Lake Champlain.  Researchers from the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program and UVM Extension are studying whether differences in soil and grass health exist between lawns cut to two or either three inches high when clippings are allowed to decompose on site.  Read More

IL-IN Sea Grant - Champaign-Urbana collects 13,000 pounds of unwanted medicine
The Champaign and Urbana medicine take-back programs started in 2013 and have collected more than 13,000 pounds of medicine. The IISG take-back program as a whole, which was established in 2007, has collected more than 58 tons. In addition, Sea Grant has helped collect over 30 tons just from helping out in single-day events throughout the Great Lakes region.  Read More

OH Sea Grant - Diving Into Research
Madeline Lambrix confirmed her dedication to water quality research during her Stone Lab REU  Read More

NY Sea Grant - Lake Ontario High Water Study

MI Sea Grant in the News

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Recent Publications


WI Sea Grant - Aquatic Sciences Chronicle

  • Fen-tastic! - a team of researchers, led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Hydroecologist Eric Booth, is using both partial and full-range imaging spectrometers to get a detailed look at the health of two sets of fens in Wisconsin. 
  • New Publication Website for Water-Related Information
  • Fishing for Landslides - Wisconsin Sea Grant-funded researchers responded to the problem [erosion] by developing an instrument that can measure bluff failures and help predict when they might occur.
  • Wisconsin Sea Grant Student Wins IAGLR Best Poster Award
  • When Survey Skills Are Your Superpower - Sea Grant’s Social Scientist Helps Establish a Collaborative Stormwater Awareness Campaignfor Lake Michigan
  • New ROV Offers Insight Into Old Shipwreck - first-ever clear images of the S.S. Senator, a wreck that sank in 1929 in 450-plus feet of water east of Port Washington
  • Tori’s Back - salary dollars were available to bring Tori Kiefer, maritime archaeology fellow back for the second part of the research project, a field survey of the tugboat Arctic.
  • Careful Management Could Be the Cure - Tony Goldberg, a UW-Madison professor of epidemiology, created a quick and accurate test for viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus
  • Improving the Toolbox - Backed by Wisconsin Sea Grant, a team led by UW-Madison Professor of Zoology Jake Vander Zanden has discovered a more powerful tool that not only allows researchers to map the modern Great Lakes food web but could also help determine what it looked like 100 years ago. The new method involves focusing on amino acids that carry a constant trophic discrimination factor
  • Rule-Changing Quaggas Lead to New Research - The new project is being funded by the Biological Oceanography and Physical Oceanography divisions of NSF - principal investigators are Harvey Bootsma and Qian Liao with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Cary Troy with Purdue University.  With the new project, Bootsma said his team hopes to determine what the “sweet spot” is for phosphorus loading. “There may not be one perfect phosphorus load that solves both the nearshore and offshore problem, but we’d like to try and find one that minimizes the nuisance algae while at the same time keeps the offshore animals alive with enough plankton production.”
  • Hurley Honored - James Hurley, director of Wisconsin Sea Grant, and Terry White, second district supervisor of Douglas County, were honored in April by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and its Research Advisory Board (RAB).
  • But, Wait: Now How Much Would You Pay? Wisconsin Sea Grant Researcher Quantifies the Value of Lake Michigan Sports Fisheries

MI Sea Grant - Extension Article Series

MI Sea Grant - West Michigan Fish Notes - Fall 2017

  • Now is the Time for Kings!
  • Students Team Up with Sea Grant to Protect Native Fish
  • New Video Shows Anglers How to Remove Stomachs for Fish Diet Study
  • Teriyaki Fish Kabobs Recipe

PA Sea Grant - Newspapers in Education

MN Sea Grant - Our New Age of Water
New webcomics -

New York Sea Grant Posts Audio Info Bursts on Great Lakes Issues
New York Sea Grant has posted 20 radio-friendly information bursts on New York State Great Lakes topics. Topics for the 60-second CurrentCast segments, developed in partnership with the nonprofit Center for Transformative Action at Cornell University, include protecting pets from algal bloom, Great Lakes rip currents, lakefront landscaping, the Erie Canal, invasive species, microbeads, and coastal education. The series is posted at


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Staff Updates

Michigan Sea Grant - New Program Coordinator

Erin DeVries  comes from Lake Champlain Sea Grant  where she led the Watershed Alliance program, worked on green infrastructure projects and promoted the state Clean Marina program.   Her official title with Michigan Sea Grant is Program Coordinator and she will assist with the research program, and be involved with the Clean Marina project as well as a number of other projects and initiatives.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has several employment opportunities
Looking for a new assistant director (more at and a communication specialist (more at, both located at Purdue University.  Read More

MI Sea Grant - Extension educator position open in Saginaw Bay
Find more details about the position and application guidelines here. Initial application review begins October 13, 2017.

MI Sea Grant - Two AmeriCorps positions open for Michigan Sea Grant programs
One person will work in southeast Michigan on programs like the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP), Summer Discovery Cruises, and the Water Conservation program. 

The other person will join the Northern Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to help foster place-based stewardship education in lovely Alpena, Michigan.

Applications are due by September 29, 2017. Find more details and application guidelines on the Huron Pines website.  


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