March 1–3, 2021 • VIRTUAL

11th Annual St. Louis River Summit

Resilient Ecosystems, Resilient Communities

Given the challenges we have faced over the past year, this year’s St. Louis River Summit theme, “Resilient Ecosystems, Resilient Communities,” seeks to highlight the many ways the St. Louis River Estuary contributes to community well-being in the Twin Ports and beyond. The work invested into sustaining this resilient ecosystem provides much broader benefits to community resilience. We hope you will join us to celebrate the healing power of the Estuary as we review our successes and look toward the future in this 11th year of the Summit.

The Summit is a multi-day opportunity to learn and share about the St. Louis River.

Like an estuary, the St. Louis River Summit is a place where people meet and mix. It provides a diversity of solutions and strategies for a healthy St. Louis River watershed and nourishes the community with education and outreach opportunities. The St. Louis River Summit brings together key audiences working in the region.

The Summit provides many learning opportunities.

Join us in learning about the following:

  • the status and findings of current research
  • the results of implementing projects
  • ideas and status of future work

2021 Summit Registration

  • General Admission $30
  • Students FREE
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2021 Summit Agenda

*All times listed Central Standard Time

Monday, March 1


8:45am • Welcome and introductions

Remarks from Fond du Lac Chairman Kevin Dupuis

9:10-10:00am • keynote speaker
DUDLEY EDMONDSON
The Disconnect Between African Americans and the Outdoors

Sponsored by the EPA’s Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Division


Session 1: The Heart of the River

Sponsored by LimnoTech and Minnesota Environmental Partnership

10:15am • Session 1 Introduction

Housekeeping and etiquette overview

10:20am
10:45am
11:20am
11:35am
11:50am
12:05pm • Meet in the Hallway

A virtual opportunity to ‘Meet in the Hallway’ (a Zoom breakout room) with presenters. Use this time to ask additional questions and connect with your colleagues!

12:30-1:30pm

Session 2: Estuary and Tributaries

Sponsored by Wisconsin Sea Grant and Western Lake Superior Sanitary District

2:00pm • Session 2 Introduction

Housekeeping and etiquette overview

2:05pm
2:30pm
2:55pm
3:20pm
3:35pm
3:50pm
4:05pm

Video: Restoring Wild Rice in the St. Louis River, Matt Steiger

4:10pm • Session 2 close
4:15pm • Meet in the Hallway

A virtual opportunity to ‘Meet in the Hallway’ (a Zoom breakout room) with presenters. Use this time to ask additional questions and connect with your colleagues!

Tuesday, March 2


9:00am • Welcome and introductions

Remarks from Superior Mayor Jim Paine

9:10-10:00am • keynote speaker
CAMERON DAVIS
A Field Guide to Hugging the St. Louis River

Sponsored by Wisconsin Coastal Management Program


Session 3: Our Shared Watershed

Sponsored by Minnesota Sea Grant and Minnesota Land Trust

10:15am • Session 3 Introduction

Housekeeping and etiquette overview

10:20am
10:45am
11:00am
11:25am
11:50am
12:05pm
12:20pm • Session 3 close
12:25pm • Meet in the Hallway

A virtual opportunity to ‘Meet in the Hallway’ (a Zoom breakout room) with presenters. Use this time to ask additional questions and connect with your colleagues!


Session 4: Life in a Working Harbor

Sponsored by Roen Salvage Company and Duluth Seaway Port Authority

2:00pm • Session 4 Introduction

Housekeeping and etiquette overview

2:05pm
2:30pm
2:55pm
3:10pm
3:25pm

Video: Restoring Barker’s Island Beach in Superior, Matt Steiger

3:30pm • Session 4 Close
3:35pm • Meet in the Hallway

A virtual opportunity to ‘Meet in the Hallway’ (a Zoom breakout room) with presenters. Use this time to ask additional questions and connect with your colleagues!

4:00-5:00pm • Virtual Poster Session

Sponsored by University of Minnesota Duluth Large Lakes Observatory and Barr Engineering

This year, the Summit poster session has also moved entirely online. The live poster session will be held from 4-5pm on Tuesday, March 2nd. You will have the chance during this hour to move through various virtual “rooms” to meet and ask questions of poster authors.

Wednesday, March 3


9:00–11:00AM • Optional Field trips
St. Louis River Estuary Field Trips

Sponsored by EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC and Friends of Lake Superior Reserve


Session 5: Islands, Points, and Bays

Sponsored by Wren Works, LLC and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

1:00pm • Session 5 Introduction

Remarks from Duluth Mayor Emily Larson

1:15pm
1:40pm
1:55pm
2:10pm
2:25pm
2:30pm

Video: Protecting Dunes and Restoring Piping Plover Habitat on Wisconsin Point, Matt Steiger

2:35pm • Session 5 close
2:40pm • Meet in the Hallway

A virtual opportunity to ‘Meet in the Hallway’ (a Zoom breakout room) with presenters. Use this time to ask additional questions and connect with your colleagues!


Session 6: Below the Surface

Sponsored by UMD Natural Resources Research Institute and Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute

3:00pm • Session 6 Introduction

Housekeeping and etiquette overview

3:05pm
3:20pm
3:45pm
3:50pm
4:15pm • Session 6 Close
4:20pm • Meet in the Hallway

A virtual opportunity to ‘Meet in the Hallway’ (a Zoom breakout room) with presenters. Use this time to ask additional questions and connect with your colleagues!

7:00–8:00pm • The River Talks: A River of Poems

Sponsored by Duluth Pottery & Tile and The Izaak Walton League

2021 Summit Cost & Registration

Join us in celebrating the St. Louis River Estuary.

  • General Admission $30
  • Students FREE
REGISTER NOW

Registration provides access to the following:

  • two inspiring keynotes
  • live and recorded presentations about current St. Louis River work
  • virtual live poster session
  • breakout sessions
  • optional field trips
  • exclusive access to Zoom session links and event resources

*Attendees can opt to sponsor a student during the registration process. Student sponsors will be recognized during the Summit.

Questions about the summit?

Deanna Erickson, Lake Superior Reserve Director
deanna.erickson@wisc.edu

A note about advocacy and the St. Louis River Summit

The St. Louis River Summit is intended to facilitate shared community dialog related to socio-ecological issues and natural and social science in the St. Louis River estuary. The Summit is organized and financially supported by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, with help from many generous sponsors. As a part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison  Division of Extension and the NOAA-led National Estuarine Research Reserve system, the Reserve itself does not engage in advocacy and as state employees, staff follow clear guidelines.  The views of presenters and sponsors who participate in the Summit are theirs or their organizations and do not represent the views, mission or work of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.