Duluth Streams: Community Partnerships for Understanding Urban Stormwater and Water Quality Issues at the Head of the Great LakesEPA Grant Number: R829321
Title: Duluth Streams: Community Partnerships for Understanding Urban Stormwater and Water Quality Issues at the Head of the Great Lakes
Investigators: Lonsdale, Marion , Richards, Carl , Host, George E. , Munson, Bruce , Hagley, Cindy , Axler, Richard
Institution: Department of Public Works & Utilities - Duluth , University of Minnesota - Duluth
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2003
Project Amount: $724,261
RFA: Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) (2001) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Environmental Statistics , Water , Aquatic Ecosystems , Air , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration
Duluth lies at the western end of Lake Superior, essentially the source and headwaters of the entire Laurentian Great Lakes ecosystem. With 42 named streams, Duluth has one of the highest densities of stream corridors of any US metro area.. Urbanization and rural development impact these streams by increasing temperature, turbidity and suspended sediment, road salts, organic matter and nutrients. Duluth Streams establishes a Partnership of the City, University researchers, education and outreach professionals, and local resource agencies and educational institutions. Their chief goal is to enhance the general public's understanding of aquatic ecosystems and their connections to watershed land use to provide both economic and environmental sustainability.
DuluthStreams will: 1) link real-time remote sensing of water quality in four urban streams and GIS technology to current and historical water quality and biological databases (all 42 streams) using advanced data visualization tools in InternetWorld Wide Web and Information Kiosk formats; 2) incorporate visually engaging interpretive text, animations and videos into the DuluthStreams website to illustrate the nature and consequences of degraded stormwater and the real costs to society; and 3) engage the public in the stormwater issue via programmatic activities such as establishing high school directed neighborhood stewardship/monitoring of 3 streams, developing curricula for high school and college students for inclusion in our Water-on-the-Web curriculum, hosting a DuluthStreams Congress as a community forum for presenting all project results, and by adapting the NEMO nonpoint education program to the greater Duluth Metropolitan Area.