Center for Water
and the Environment
> Land/Water Interactions
- Coastal GIS: A web site delivering a suite of interactive maps and downloadable data relevant to land use planning and management within the coastal zone of Lake Superior. Prioritized monitoring for the Lake Superior basin: Lake Superior is subject to numerous environmental stresses, both at the immediate shoreline and from inland sources. This study quantifies the critical habitats and most 'at-risk' watersheds across the U.S. and Canadian Lake Superior basin.
- Weber Stream Restoration Initiative: Initiated by a generous donation from Mr. Ron Weber, who grew up fishing in Lester River and Amity Creek, this initiative brings together multiple partners to find practical solutions for restoring north shore streams using the Lester-Amity system as the demonstration project.
- Restoring Amity Creek: Work thus far includes planting numerous trees to stabilize bank areas, documenting the size and extent of eroding banks, locating and documenting ATV damage, and locating damaged tributaries. During summer of 2009 one large eroding bank area will be stabilized and a damaged tributary will have its channel re-created.
- Community Futures: We are providing visual graphics and supporting data to local townships and small towns to help them understand how to better manage future land use through zoning to protect aquatic resources and other important natural features (e.g., sugar maple stands, wetlands, streams, cedar swamps, etc.).
- Stormwater Runoff Reduction: Working with neighborhoods in the Lakeside area of Duluth as well as the transportation industry on roadside ditches, to find ways to reduce stormwater runoff to streams in this cold climate with heavy clay soils.