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Aerial view of a small lake near the city of Clear Lake, Iowa, which represents the typical landscape of the lakes in the new MN Sea Grant study. Photographer: John A. Downing.



October is National Seafood Month
October 17-18 - Minnesota Water Resources Conference
October 19 - Watercraft Inspection Program Leader Webinar Series - NYS Watercraft-Related Legislation and Regulations
October 20 - Buckeye Island Hop
October 25-26 - Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities: A Special Edition for Recreational Professionals in Port Communities  More info at
Obtober 26 - CSMI 101 Webinar - Todd Nettesheim, USEPA GLNPO
October 26 - Watercraft Inspection Program Leader Webinar Series - Small Watercraft Inspection Program Logistics, Funding and Partnerships
October 26 - 2017 NEMIGLSI Fall Networking Meeting - Gaylord, MI
October 28 - from 10 am to 2 pm, collection sites across the US will accept unused, expired and unwanted pharmaceuticals from individuals.  To find a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site, the website at has a link to the list of US Drug Enforcement Agency authorized sites. 
October 30 - Walking Tour of the Sevenmile Creek Restoration Site - Harborcreek Twp, PA
November 2 - Watercraft Inspection Program Leader Webinar Series - New Data Collection App Pilot Program: Software, Results, Next Steps
November 8 - Alworth Institute International Lecture Series: The Kristianstad Vattenrike - Learning from the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Model
November 9-11 - Place-Based Education Conference - Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI
November 10 - Watercraft Inspection Program Leader Webinar Series - Predicting Aquatic Invasions in New York State
November 17 - Fall 2017 Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Regional Local Government Workshop in Batavia, NY
November 30 - DEADLINE - Annual NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest for K-8 
December 1 - CitSciMN: A Symposium for Citizen Science Professionals in Minnesota - Andover, MN
December 5-7 - Seafood HACCP Training Course - Baraga, Michigan
May 2018 - 5th National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium - Grand Rapids, MI

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OH Sea Grant - New Funded Projects for 2018-2020
Ohio Sea Grant has completed reviews for its 2018-2020 research grants program, funding seven projects at universities across Ohio and along the Lake Erie coast. The selected projects focus on various aspects of harmful algal blooms, fisheries, pharmaceutical residues and tourism, in an effort to continue to help solve critical issues affecting the state’s environment and economy.  Researchers will collectively receive about $785,500 in Ohio Sea Grant support over two years as part of the following projects:
  • Glyphosate Runoff Dynamics in Tributaries Draining Into Lake Erie - Saptashati Biswas, Heidelberg University
  • Beyond the Medicine Cabinet: Public Perceptions of the Risks of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products to Aquatic Systems and Related Disposal Behaviors - Victoria Campbell-Arvai, University of Michigan 
  • Seeing the Bait on the Hook: Assessing the Impact of Harmful Algal Blooms on the Recreational Walleye Fishery in Lake Erie - Suzanne Gray, The Ohio State University
  • Stock Structure and Contribution of West and East Basin Walleye to Recreational and Commercial Fisheries in Lake Erie - Stuart Ludsin, The Ohio State University
  • Occurrence of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in Source and Finished Waters for Public Supply in Northeast Ohio - Xiaozhen Mou, Kent State University
  • Development of an Efficient Approach to Quantify and Control a Fish Disease caused by Saprolegnia sp. - Vipaporn Phuntumart, Bowling Green State University
  • Valuing Lake Erie Beaches and the Impact of Impairments on Beach Users - Brent Sohngen, The Ohio State University
IL-IN Sea Grant - Research Funding Targets Natural Resources Priorities and Solutions

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) is awarding $675,000 to four new research projects that will help inform decision makers as they address some of the region’s pressing environmental issues, including managing stormwater, restoring stream habitats and protecting beachfronts. The research will take place in 2018-2019.

  • At the University of Illinois, landscape architect Mary Pat McGuire and David Grimley, with the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), will lead a team to create a soils database for the Calumet region southeast of Chicago to assess soil health and appropriateness for effective green infrastructure. The researchers will evaluate green infrastructure planning in the region and work with municipalities in pilot projects to help integrate their findings into site selection and design strategy decisions.
  • Bernie Engel and colleagues in the Purdue University Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering will enhance their simulation software to include the long-term effects of green infrastructure on reducing and preventing flooding. Their model is part of the Tipping Point Planneronline toolbox, which helps local decision makers plan for future development in their communities. This new project will be closely tied to a south side Chicago neighborhood—Washington Park. There, using their updated model, the research team hopes to demonstrate the impact of optimally-places green infrastructure on flooding. Akilah Martin, in DePaul University’s School for New Learning, will help share these results with students and local residents.
  • At the University of Illinois, hydrogeologist Piotr Cienciala and ecological physiologist Cory Suski will lead a multi-disciplinary project to study the effect of turbulence on fish swimming behavior. By studying how the physiology of various fish species is affected by water movement, the researchers can help inform the placement of fish passage structures as part of stream restoration projects. The findings will likely be transferable to stream projects beyond the Great Lakes region and may help inform simulations to explore restoration outcomes under various projected climate or land use change scenarios that alter water movement and fish habitat.
  • U of I researchers will also use historical documents of the geology of the Illinois shoreline to help beach managers predict and address future conditions. Through old photos and reports, ISGS’s Ethan Theuerkauf will lead an effort to tell the story of land changes and environmental conditions over the last century at Illinois Beach State Park. Experts from the Prairie Research Institute, Midwest Regional Climate Center, and Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center are also taking part in this research. Working closely with beach managers, the researchers will develop future coastal change scenarios to help inform the decision making process.

“Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is excited to support these new research efforts,” said Tomas Hook, IISG associate director for research. “They are targeting issues that have been identified as priorities for the Lake Michigan region of Illinois and Indiana and they have great potential to yield solution-based results for our region. Collectively, these projects should also contribute to informing infrastructure and environmental management in coastal regions throughout the United States.”

NY Sea Grant - Eight Funded projects enhance community and ecosystem resiliency in the Great Lakes Basin
In partnership with New York Sea Grant, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced $199,575 in grants for eight projects that advance community and ecosystem resiliency goals consistent with New York’s Interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Projects will conserve and restore native wildlife and habitats, improve water quality, and increase resiliency for Great Lakes coastal communities. 

2017-2018 Great Lakes Basin Small Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

  • Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; $24,964: Riverkeeper will utilize an ecosystem-based management approach to engage and educate municipal leaders within the Niagara River watershed on known vulnerabilities of landscapes and place-based opportunities for habitat conservation and restoration of living infrastructure to support community and ecosystem resiliency.  
  • Erie County Department of Environment and Planning; $25,000: A feasibility study and design will be developed for a constructed wetland and green infrastructure practices in the Erie County-owned property along Big Sister Creek. If implemented, such projects would likely improve downstream water quality conditions at Bennett Beach.  
  • Genesee RiverWatch; $24,805: A streambank restoration plan will be created for the Middle Genesee River Basin to identify segments that have significant bank erosion, propose restoration options and assess the cost and feasibility of a Middle Genesee River Program. 
  • Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council; $25,000: The Regional Planning Council will create a model local law for inter-municipal project review to enhance coordinated land use decision-making and increase consideration of potential impacts. This law will outline a foundation by which a municipality can coordinate with neighboring municipalities to address concerns, including storm surges, changes in water levels, and inland flooding, to avoid adverse effects to “downstream” communities.
  • Livingston County Planning Department; $25,000: The Livingston County Planning Department and the Town of Livonia will install a rain garden, rain barrels, and restore the shoreline of Vitale Park on Conesus Lake.  Consistent with ecosystem-based management principles, each practice will serve as a functional demonstration project and will be accompanied by interpretive public education resources.
  • The Nature Conservancy; $25,000: Development of an engineering study of the Naples Creek/Parish Flats area in Naples, NY, will inform the selection and design of restoration components that could intercept flows from farmlands, re-create wetlands, reconnect Naples Creek to its floodplain, improve grassland habitat, and install additional road stream crossings as potential future projects. 
  • Water Education Collaborative; $24,806: The Water Education Collaborative H2O Hero program will be used to educate and engage residents and decision-makers in the Shipbuilders Creek Watershed in Monroe County to mitigate stormwater impacts through school and community events and stewardship activities.  
  • Western New York Land Conservancy; $25,000: The Conservancy will restore native sedge meadow and wet-mesic grassland wetlands on the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, NY.  This habitat restoration project is part of a larger plan to enhance ecological communities and provide low-impact public access at the preserve, and is based on an in-depth community and stakeholder engagement process.
For more information on the Interim NYS Great Lakes Action Agenda, visit DEC’s Web site. For more information on the grant projects, visit

MN Sea Grant - Clear Lakes Disguise Impaired Water Quality
In a study published October 9, 2017 in the journal Inland Waters scientists from the University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota Sea Grant report that the lakes were so excessively fertilized that most of that algae and cyanobacteria containing the green pigment chlorophyll were killed.   Read More

OH Sea Grant - HAB State of the Science Conference
The 2017 Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference, held September 14 in Toledo, Ohio, brought together 300 scientists and agency officials from across the state to share information on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and discuss solutions to an ongoing problem for Lake Erie communities.  Read More

NY Sea Grant - Researchers Track, Protect Lake Ontario King Salmon
To better understand and protect the species and the economic benefits they generate, Cornell researchers, in collaboration with New York Sea Grant, are using newly developed “pop-off” satellite tags attached to the fish to map their movements and feeding behavior in Lake Ontario.  Read More

WI Sea Grant - Aquaculture's Next Big Thing?
A two-year aquaculture research project funded by Wisconsin Sea Grant is designed to compare the production of walleye, a native Wisconsin fish, and saugeye, a natural hybrid of walleye and sauger, in a recirculating aquaculture system and a closed aquaponics system.  Read More

WI Sea Grant - Watershed Program Journeys into New Territory
A new summer program for youths in Milwaukee can boast of several “firsts” on a national and local level. The 'Journeys Into the Watershed – Making Connections Program' was funded by a grant through the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in an effort to link National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administartion (NOAA) programs with local Community Learning Centers supported by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).  Read More

WI Sea Grant - Just Add Water . . . New Teaching Tool Focuses on Engineering

Wisconsin Sea Grant educators have come up with a new tool for middle-school teachers and students to use. All it takes is a coat hanger, water and some thought.

The Remotely Operated Vehicle engineering pack, or ROVe pack for short, has students building underwater ROVs in teams with hangers, and figuring out how to keep them underwater with the correct neutral buoyancy. The coat hanger ROV design was first developed by Harry Bohm at the Marine Advance Technology Education Center and Wisconsin Sea Grant Education Specialist Kathy Kline used it to develop a neutral buoyance activity for outreach events.

OH Sea Grant - NOAA Marine Debris Program PSA Challenge
Ohio Sea Grant and the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Great Lakes officeinvite students in grades 9-12 from the Lake Erie region of Ohio to participate in the 2018 Ohio Marine Debris Challenge “Communicating for a Clean Future.” Student groups will create public service announcement (PSA) videos that focus on inspiring others to address marine debris. The deadline for submission is March 16, 2018.  Read More

MI Sea Grant - October is Seafood Month - time to enjoy some fish from the Great Lakes!
In Michigan, both locally produced farm-raised fish, as well as wild-caught Great Lakes fish, are available for consumers. Michigan aquaculture producers supply a number of food fish species for purchase at the farm gate and/or local markets and retail outlets. Most of this farm-raised fish in Michigan is rainbow trout.  Lake whitefish is the most-caught commercial fish in the Michigan waters of the Great Lakes. Today, the Great Lakes commercial fishery for lake whitefish is managed for sustainability, with most of these fish caught from lakes Superior, Huron, and Michigan. Great Lakes whitefish from Michigan’s highly managed fisheries is caught by small, family based operations and processed locally, making it an important economic component to local coastal communities.  Read More

NY Sea Grant - Cooler Weather Safety Tips
As cooler weather arrives, New York Sea Grant Extension of Cornell University offers eight tips that water enthusiasts, particularly those who kayak, canoe or use a rowboat as well as stream and ice anglers, can follow to enhance their seasonal water safety.  Read More

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Recent Publications

MN Sea Grant - Great Lakes Commission Releases Proceedings from Great Lakes Oil Transporation Symposium
The Crude Move Symposium, held in June, 2017 in Cleveland, and co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, highlighted risks and opportunities of different types of oil transportation in the region. The proceedings of the symposium are available in a 39-page document that includes a summary of presentations and discussions at the symposium and potential next steps identified by participants. Video recordings of the symposium proceedings are also available online.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant - Data Buoy Fact Sheet
Dr. Eric Leibensperger, Associate Professor in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh is leading a research project, with funding from Lake Champlain Sea Grant to collect continuous surface weather and lake water temperature data.  A new fact sheet on the project is available - "Monitoring Lake Champlain to assess future climate change impacts" - Read Fact Sheet

NY Sea Grant - National Prescription Drug Take Back
Environmental Chemical Brew: Keep Unwanted Medications and Chemicals Out of the Great Lakes’ guide developed by New York Sea Grant. The guide is posted online at

MI Sea Grant - Upwellings - October 2017
  • Teachers embrace “Great Lakes love” during hands-on shipboard workshop
  • Happy birthday, Freshwater Feasts! (seafood blog)
  • A new face at Michigan Sea Grant - Erin DeVries
  • Detroit River restoration tour celebrates successful partnerships
  • Artist in the Park - MISG's Todd Marsee selected as the 2017 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Artist in Residence
  • From Extension - 
    • Michigan and Huron lake levels, 
    • Lake Michigan’s charter fishing industry, 
    • Experience Fishtown during Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Conference, 
    • Evidence of prehistoric caribou hunters found below Lake Huron, 
    • Students team up with MISG for native fish
MN Sea Grant - Sea Grant Files Radio Show
  • Green Infrastructure: Urban Planning for Resilience and Health (8:35) 5.6 MB mp3 | Aired 10/10/2017
  • Improving Minnesota's Water Quality 25% by 2025 (7:13) 4.9 MB mp3 | Aired 9/26/2017

NY Sea Grant - Coastlines/Currents - Fall 2017

  • How Sea Grant Benefits You
  • Surveying Lake Ontario Basin Communities about Springtime Flooding
  • Are Your Prepared for the Next Hurricane?
  • On YouTube, OnAir: State of the Bays: Communities Respond to Colorful Tides that could Signal Harm
  • #Research
  • #Extension
  • #Education

PA Sea Grant - Newspapers in Education

MN Sea Grant - In the News
Annual Forestry Day Teaches Duluth Students Lessons in Nature - abc news article quotes MN Sea Grant's Cindy Hagley. 

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Staff Updates


IISG - New associate director brings his rich water resource background to IISG

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant welcomes Yu-Feng Lin as the program’s new associate director. Lin will oversee IISG process and personnel at the University of Illinois. He will also help set the program’s trajectory with new research partners and priorities, and help IISG engage with federal partners and solidify connections with campus entities.

Lin is a hydrogeologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey, which is part of the Prairie Research Institute on the U of I campus. His research interests include groundwater and surface water interactions, geothermal energy, fiber-optic temperature sensing applications in the water-energy nexus, and 3-D printing and GIS applications in hydrogeology.  He is also a faculty member in the U of I Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

In February, Lin will assume the directorship of IISG’s sister program, the Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC). He has had a long involvement with IWRC that began with grant support—IWRC awarded him his first federal funding at the U of I.  He has served on the IWRC advisory committee, reviewed proposals, and presented at the Illinois Water Conference.

Lin came to the U of I in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his Ph.D in geological engineering.

NY Sea Grant - New Staff
Three new staff members have been named to New York Sea Grant. In their new positions, they will look after New York coastlines and populations and conduct outreach regarding hazards and stewardship opportunities. They are:

Roy Widrig has been named the new Great Lakes coastal processes and hazards specialist for New York Sea Grant. He is based at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, where he began on September 5.  Widrig has a B.S. in geology from the SUNY College at Oneonta and a M.A. in geological science from the University at Buffalo. Most recently, Widrig has been a water quality subject educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.  "I've been a native of the New York Great Lakes region my whole life," said Widrig. "For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in streams, lakes, rivers and erosion. After getting a bachelor's and master's degree in geology and climate, I decided that I wanted to help people adapt to their changing environment and climate while conserving the natural state of the Great Lakes region. I've always prided myself on being able to communicate important scientific concepts to the public, and my interests and skills led me directly to this position with Sea Grant."  

Kathleen Fallon will serve as the primary technical resource on coastal processes and hazards—including impacts of climate change, shoreline erosion and erosion management, coastal flooding and mitigation planning, coastal structures and engineering, and marine facilities design, operation, and management—for New York Sea Grant and Cornell Cooperative Extension.  As marine district coastal processes and hazards specialist, she will plan and conduct education programs about risks to shoreline communities and the measures people can take to reduce risks from natural processes such as erosion and flooding.  She started on September 1.  In her new role, Fallon will be based at Stony Brook University (SBU) on Long Island. Fallon assumes the position previously held by Jay Tanski, who retired in 2017 after 34 years of service as coastal processes specialist to New York Sea Grant.

Anna Weshner-Dunning has been named Long Island Sound study outreach coordinator, a SBU-based position she started on September 12th. Weshner-Dunning has a B.S. in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a M.A. in environmental conservation education from New York University Steinhardt.  Weshner-Dunning will provide major leadership for the outreach program of the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) in New York. She will also work to increase appreciation, stewardship, awareness and understanding of Long Island Sound and efforts to restore and protect it. In addition, she will develop programs and materials employing social marketing techniques.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant - Malchoff to serve on Public Advisory Group for an IJC study
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Aquatic Resources Specialist, Mark Malchoff, will serve on the Public Advisory Group (PAG) for the International Lake Champlain Richelieu River Study Board (Study Board) of the International Joint Commission (IJC).  The Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Flood Mitigation Study will investigate the causes, impacts, risks, and solutions to flooding in the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin. The study will engage in public outreach to share work plans, new information and data, and possible ways forward. The Public Advisory Group will provide advice to the Study Board to best involve the public throughout the five-year process.  Read More

IISG - Opportunities - Communications Specialist

IISG is seeking creative, strategic communication professional to serve as communications specialist for  IISG  and Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR). The communications specialist will produce and manage a diverse communication program to deliver environment-related content to a broad audience.  To learn more or apply, visit:

Wick Awards
2017 William Q. Wick Award recognizes outstanding career achievement, leadership, vision, and contributions to Sea Grant Extension through programming and/or administration by a Sea Grant extension professional.  This year, Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Leaders recognized two individuals with the Wick Award. Jim Falk from Delaware Sea Grant for his longtime contributions to Sea Grant Extension and Administration. And, Dave MacNeil from New York Sea Grant for his longtime contributions to Sea Grant Extension and Programming.

IL-IN Sea Grant - Staff Change
Molly Woloszyn has accepted a new position as a Regional Drought Information Coordinator with NIDIS – the National Integrated Drought Information System – starting October 1st. She will be coordinating the Midwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) and will remain located in Champaign, Illinois. Molly notes - Of course, please reach out to Sea Grant and the MRCC for your climate outreach needs if you are interested in partnering in the future. Here is some contact information for those programs:  Beth Hall, Director of the and Laura Kammin, Outreach Program Leader for Illinois-Indiana Sea  


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