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Getting the message out
In a continued effort to educate Duluth citizens about stormwater issues, the city of Duluth has received a grant to begin an advertising campaign informing citizens how they can help reduce water pollution.

Read all about here, in the October 14 issue of the Duluth News Tribune.

New DVTs:
Check out the new stream data visualization tools. The St. Louis River data is also now available in the DVT format.

no swimming Four waterfront areas, two on the St Louis River and two along Duluth's Lake Superior shore have been found to have unacceptable levels of bacteria. They are the first such warnings issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's new Lake Superior beach monitoring program, which checks water regularly at 34 locations in Duluth and up the North Shore.
Cleaning up past mistakes.
The Duluth City Council will be voting tonight to approve contracts to clean up an old dump site along Sargent Creek, one of Duluth's Trout Streams. The dump was used from the 1930s until 1957 and is now designated as a Superfund site by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. find out more in today's Duluth News Tribune
webcamHow is the weather down by the harbor?
Visit the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association webcam to find out!

marble   Happy Earth Day!
While celebrating, check out the American Rivers website . There is a huge amount of information and images about rivers and river issues.
crewsHave you noticed the invasion of city workers and their big trucks?
Nope, they're not test driving all of the vehicles or working until midnight just for fun. They're thawing out frozen culverts, catch basins and storm sewers all over the city. Click here to read more.
icy lakeLake Superior has the most ice in years but probably won't freeze entirely, ice experts said Wednesday."I don't think it's going to happen," said Craig Evanego, an ice forecaster with the National Ice Center in Washington. "It will come close, but it won't be shore to shore over the whole lake."Still, the lake has the most ice since 1997 and is the closest to freezing over since ice covered the lake in February 1994. (March 6, 2003, Duluth News-Tribune, MN).

The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) has a series of images showing how the ice cover has grown during the past week's record cold.
waterfallDo you remember the way things used to be?
Even if you don't, you may enjoy seeing historic images of some Duluth Streams. New images have been posted for Amity Creek, Chester Creek and Lester River. Watch the table of available information on the bottom of the stream location map page for more streams to be added to this list.
The stormwater management section is growing.
Visit the stormwater managementsection of the site to view new pages about drinking water and wastewater in the Duluth area. The pages provide information about rules and regulations related to City of Duluth drinking water, water wells, municipal wastewater treatment, and onsite septic systems.

Do you have an onsite septic system?
Due to a large volume of calls and numerous reports from on-site professionals of frozen systems, the University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program has developed a fact sheet to summarize why on-site systems freeze, what to do when they do freeze and measures to take in the future to prevent freezing. The fact sheet can be found at the University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program website at:

The 2002 data posted has now undergone QA/QC review.
Real time data sensors can and do at times produce unexplainable and erroneous data, and periods of missing data. In addition, calibration periods are also captured in the data stream. This data has been removed or adjusted according to the QA/QC protocol. Explainable data problems encountered included: missing data due to transmission problems, erroneous depth readings due to blocked vent tubes, turbidity spikes due to the mechanical sensor wiper malfunctioning, increasing turbidity baseline values due to sensor fouling, and captured calibration periods.

icy streamsDoes your local stream appear to be overflowing?
Because of the lack of snow and cold nights, sections of some Duluth Streams have frozen to the bottom of the stream channel. If upstream sections of the river continue to flow, the water is forced to run on top of the ice, like on this section of Chester Creek in Chester Bowl Park.

no dumpingTwo of this week's additionsto duluthstreams.org were new pages in the
Volunteer Activities Section: Storm Drain Marking and National Water Quality Monitoring Day.
Visit these pages to learn what school groups have been doing in Duluth, and for information
on how you can help out as well.
Looking for something to do this afternoon?
Find access points to hiking trails along Duluth Streams, fishing hole locations, cross country ski areas (sorry - we can't provide you with snow), and local educational opportunities at the new RECREATION page.
We have been very busy!
Although we haven't updated this page recently, the rest of the site is full of surprises!
Check out the new HIGHLIGHTS page to find out what types of information live on the site.
A fun site to learn about water conservation.
US Water News featured website for the month of September is http://www.H2ouse.org. This website was developed cooperatively with the California Urban Water Conservation Council. It is a handy place for homeowners to find out about water efficient equipment and practices for the home. Water conservation not only saves water but conserves the energy used for pumping and treating it as drinking water and as wastewater both in your home and via public agencies. In rural situations, it saves you well and septic system costs. It can also be an important factor in reducing surface and groundwater water quality degradation.

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