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Fall is a stressful time for trees

September 21, 2016

Happy fall color watchers probably don’t know that the bright leaves of autumn are actually a tree’s stress response. 
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Stormwater - Harnessing the power of peat

September 8, 2016

Peat – the decayed vegetation that forms over hundreds of years in cold, wet climates – has unique and beneficial characteristics. Its...
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Stormwater - Building better ditches

September 8, 2016

Where there are rural roads, there are ditches. But poorly built ditches can erode, sending large amounts of sediment to streams....
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A 'Tern' for the better

September 8, 2016

Donning hard hat, ear plugs and muck boots, NRRI scientist Annie Bracey prepares to get screamed at and pooped on. 
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EPA grants $2.5M to expand research on Great Lakes food web

September 7, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – Biological changes in microscopic organisms on the bottom of the Great Lakes food chain send up a big red flag to...
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Company expands with product development help from NRRI

August 3, 2016

Nurturing natural resources, while also using those resources for economic prosperity, is at the heart of NRRI’s mission. But there’s one...
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The right tools for Great Lakes monitoring

July 6, 2016

Back in 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency needed new approaches for understanding the complexities of U.S. coastal zones. NRRI’s...
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On golden wings they fly - Declining species finds home in Minnesota

July 5, 2016

“The Golden-winged Warbler has a few things going against it,” said NRRI researcher, Alexis Grinde. She has been studying this yellow-...
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The complex science behind rocks, water and wood

June 22, 2016

Science is frustrating. The more we know, the more we realize how much we don’t know. Nothing is 100 percent. Answers change. One day Pluto...
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Biology of Great Lakes feels heat of climate change

June 15, 2016

Predictive modeling has shown that climate change could impact the organisms in the Great Lakes. Now we see that, indeed, it does.

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