Lake Superior Streams Video Library

Below you can find links to all of the videos found on this website.

For access to our library of stream data vignettes, click here
or access the LakeSupeiorStreams youtube page for more videos.

RSPT Public Service Announcements

These PSAs began showing on
area TV stations in 2015:


The Longest Yard

Soapy Situation

RSPT Public Service Announcements

These PSAs began showing on
area TV stations in 2013:

RSPT Stormwater Hotline: 218-529-3281.

Keep trash and other debris out of our ditches.

Dispose of yard debris properly.

Watershed Moments

These "Watershed Moments" began showing on
area TV stations in Fall 2004:

Another Watershed Moment About Stormwater Pollution.

Fish talks about sediment and other gunk
getting into ditches and storm drains.

Rex the Dog talks about keeping waste out of the street
to prevent nonpoint source pollution.

Public Service Announcements by other organizations

Stormwater Bar
produced by WSTV 13 - Winston-Salem, NC

If stormwater pollution were rubber duckies, it wouldn't matter what went down our storm drains. Produced by ThinkBlueMaine.

Follow the rubber duck as it shows how the things that flow down our stormwater drains affect our water quality.

Produced by the City of Woodbury, MN
and the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission.

Cleaning up after your pet is the right thing to do, as explained by Animal Allies' Youth Allies in this PSA

What are the best tools homeowners can use to keep driveways and sidewalks safe this winter? What deicers work under different winter conditions and should we be using them? What do deicers and sand do to our lakes, streams and groundwater. This program, by Fortin Consulting, answers these questions and more.

Chester Creek FLood

2012 Solstice Flood

Video footage from local streams

Video tour of the Fond du Lac neighborhood after the 2012 Solstice Flood.

2012 Solstice Flood footage from Tischer Creek.

2012 Solstice Flood footage from Amity Creek.

2012 Solstice Flood footage from the Knife River.

2012 Solstice Flood footage from Chester Creek.

Water quality impacts, hydrology, and organisms

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff check the health of a small stream by surveying its inhabitants. The type of creatures they find or don't find living in a water body can tell a lot about the health of the water body. Learn more about the MPCA's Biological Monitoring here.

Learn about the Flute Reed's sediment reducution project, part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (a 3 minute version is also available). Videography by Carl Hansen.

Flute Reed Restoration, funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, June 2013.

NOAA satellite imagery of Lake Superior from July 2013-July 2014. Assembled by Mark Vinson of the USGS Lake Superior Biological Station in Ashland, WI.

This time-lapse video created by the University of Wisconsin - Extension Discovery Farms program shows a hydrograph and trail camera pictures to illustrate the graph. Pictures are taken at one hour intervals in the Dry Run Creek watershed, St. Croix county. The time-lapse is from March 8, 2013 to May 7, 2013. For more information about the program, visit

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry.

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry.

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-Ice breaking

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-Mackinaw Icebreaker.

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-Chios Pride departs.

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-Armco & Tregurtha

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-Spar Opal, Anderson, & Lake Guardian.

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-WN Twolan.

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-Canadian Progress.

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-CSL Laurentian.

Ice flows in Duluth Harbor entry-Fairload, Tergurtha, Atlantic Superior.

Naturally occuring foam on Tischer Creek.

This program from Twin Cities Public Television explores concerns about Minnesota's aging water infrastructure.

Watch a quick video of coaster brook trout
created by Trout Unlimited.

A computer-generated video showing the motions of an E. coli bacterium.

Local landscape projects to protect streams

Courtesy of Mn Sea Grant, South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District, and MN DNR


Building a Rain Garden, by St. Louis County

Rain gardens at home, by MN Sea Grant

Rain Garden at Lake Co Courthouse, by MN Sea Grant

Green Roof at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, by MN Sea Grant

Stormwater managment, pervious concrete and rain gardens at Energy Plus, Duluth, by MN Sea Grant

Stormwater managment, pervious pavers at Diamond Vogel Paints, Duluth, by MN Sea Grant

Stormwater managment, pervious pavement at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, by MN Sea Grant

Riparian Buffer Restoration, by GreenTreks Network, Inc.

Radio Tower Bay Restoration, by the MN DNR

Ice Survival Videos

Clips courtesy: Discovery Channel Canada

Visit Dr. Giesbrecht's website or LakeSuperiorStreams to learn more


Strategies for survival if you fall through ice

How to survive a night in the forest after losing your snowmobile through the ice.

The importance of proper outerwear to keep you afloat and alive when snowmobiling.

Dr. Ed Kempema’s Underwater Videos
Cobble Transport

Click here to visit his website or lakesuperiorstreams
and learn much more about ice formation in streams and lakes

Video shows frazil that formed at -4°C (25°F). These crystals are growing in real-time.

Frazil Ice

This clip shows mm- to cm-sized frazil crystals suspended in the water column of an artificial stream channel with flowing water.


When frazil sticks to the bed it becomes anchor ice. Individual anchor ice crystals can grow to be several cm in size (more than an inch).

Anchor ice distribution

More gobs of the stuff

Anchor Ice bridging

As it builds up its buoyancy eventually causes it to float to the surface. But it has to overcome the weight of gravel and even cobbles.

Anchor Ice Rafting

Once anchor ice lifts off the bed it drifts away as rafts carrying sediment, gravel and even cobbles downstream.

Cobble Rafting

Watch out Titanic This clip shows a 6 pound rock being floated downstream and then captured by a giant hand.

Anchor Ice experiments

Dr. Ed paints some rocks to measure just how far material can be transported by this mechanism.

Debris Rafting

Anchor ice moving streambed debris.