UMD Researchers Reveal Data From Wetland Studies in the Northland

UMD Researchers Collect Data from St. Louis River Estuary

From Green Bay Wisconsin to Duluth Minnesota, research is being conducted to figure out the current status of our lakes and rivers when it comes to invasive species, and other aquatic trespassers.

UMD Researches took an ecological adventure Wednesday morning.

Paid for by $2.3 million dollars in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, UMD’s Natural Resource Institute is continuing to back the boat in on research.

A small group of eager students and recent college graduates suited up, grabbed their gear, and headed out on the choppy surface of the St. Louis River Estuary.

“They are getting a ton of hands-on training. We teach them how to catch and identify fish, how to set nets properly, and proper scientific study design; how to look at a wetland and decide what areas are supposed to be sampled under the strict protocol that they are following,” Dr. Valery Brady with the Natural Resource Research Institute said.

These hard working researchers have found a mix of results in the Estuary. Plant crews are finding species no one ever knew existed here in the Northland.

Down river, things have gotten a little fishy when it comes to existing wetlands.

Although the research is crucial for our ecological impact, it’s never too soggy to stop having fun.

“I think just the diversity of the fish that we get, the bugs, is just really cool to see. You can definitely tell the quality of the wetland from what we get,” Kari Hansen, Senior Lab Technician with NRRI said.

With multiple samples taken at various times, researches hope to be able to show how all the work being completed in the estuary is improving conditions in our environment; helping the fish, insects, and the plants which live in the Northland wetlands. 

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