Minnesota Sea Grant

Lake Superior Levels High but Dropping This Winter

Experts say levels have dropped, and evaporation is expected to occur.

DULUTH, Minn.- The recent snow and rain the Northland has been getting has put experts on alert, watching Lake Superior lake levels. According to experts at the Minnesota Sea Grant, lake levels have remained about 20 inches above average, but decreased six inches since October. Levels are expected to drop another three inches through this month. Ice cover on the…

Plan to Swim or Not to Swim With New Lake Temperature Device in Park Point Beach

New temp and wave monitoring devices help Minnesota Sea Grant scientists get readings to public.

DULUTH, Minn.- New monitoring devices in the waters of Park Point Beach are allowing scientists to tell people how cold or warm the water is before they get to the beach. A temperature sensor and wave sensor were placed in the water last week for scientists with the Minnesota Sea Grant to measure water temperature and assess the possibility of…

Record High Lake Levels Good For Shipping, Bad for Shoreline

Experts say more water is better for carrying shipping cargo, but more damaging to shoreline especially with storms.

DULUTH, Minn.- Water levels on Lake Superior have been in an upward trend, breaking record averages for July, still months away from the Fall when they’re expected to rise. As of Monday Lake Superior sits at 603.22 ft for the month of July. It is 14 inches above the norm for the month. According the Associate Director of Outreach with…

After Proposing Cuts, Trump Now Ready to Fund Great Lakes Restoration

The President backtracks on some proposed cuts to EPA.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the third year in a row the President proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, which included a 90 percent cut to funding for Great Lakes restoration. But that proposal now seems to be saved by the President himself. Last night at a rally in Michigan, the President declared his support for the Great Lakes. “I support…

Minnesota Sea Grant Watches Lake Levels Rise

Levels inching closer to record

DULUTH, Minn.- The turbulent weather this winter hasn’t only dumped tons of snow on the city, but added water to Lake Superior. Minnesota Sea Grant reports that the lake levels have risen, to 602.43 ft as of this January. This has caused some flooding on Park Point, and big waves splashing on Brighton Beach. They say the increase is largely…

Lake Superior Strengthened by Recent Storms

Lake Levels Risen After Heavy Participation

DULUTH, Minn.-  Last month’s storms had a big impact on Lake Superior. Her water levels have increased dramatically, and the Gales of November could increase levels even more. According to Minnesota Sea Grant, the direct precipitation from those recent storms, coupled with global warming, have brought water levels up 12 in. higher than average for this time of year. As…

Sand Castles, Water Safety Lessons Take Over Park Point Beach

The Annual Water Safety Expo is Happening Thursday, July 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Park Point Beach

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders have the chance to take part in the Annual Park Point Sand Modeling Contest and Summer Beach Bash on Thursday, July 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will also include a Water Safety Expo. All the fun will take place at the Park Point Beach House. The event is free and open to…

Twin Ports Takes On the City Nature Challenge

You can document most species of birds, bugs, animals, plants or any wild living things.

DULUTH, Minn. – For a second year, the Twin Ports is participating in a friendly competition among cities about nature. The City Nature Challenge is for anyone interested in what lives and grows around them. You can get involved by simply taking a photo and submitting it to the iNaturalist app using your smartphone. Data collected helps scientists identify the…

How Aquaculture Affects Minnesota

The Minnesota Sea Grant is getting the conversation going.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The bait industry plays a large role in Minnesota which is just one facet of aquaculture . The Minnesota Sea Grant at the University of Minnesota Duluth is discussing how aquaculture can affect our community, specifically how it affects jobs in the field. “We’re trying to move the conversation forward in Minnesota,” fishery specialist Don Schreiner said. “We…