Paleolimnology of the St. Louis River Estuary and AOC/USEPA Lake Superior Lakewide Action Management Plan and Remedial Action Plan Capacity Support – Year 4

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$298,787
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
University of Minnesota Natural Resources Research Institute
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
September 2013
End Date
September 2015
Activity Type
Analysis/Interpretation
Assessment/Evaluation
Monitoring
Research
Counties Affected
St. Louis
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$298,787
Other Funds Leveraged
$913,505
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.4
Project Overview

Minnesota Clean Water Funds will be used to complete a paleolimological study of the St. Louis River Estuary for the purpose of providing information critical to removing Beneficial Use Impairments in the St. Louis River Area of Concern.  This project will reconstruct the biological (algal load and composition), geochemical (organic and inorganic), sediment, and mercury chronology to identify historical temporal and spatial variations in the St. Louis River Estuary in order to better understand the natural and anthropogenic drivers related to beneficial use impairments for the St. Louis River Area of Concern.  The paleolimnological information obtained in this study will provide baseline data for sound management decisions and restoration  goals for future efforts to restore the quality of ecological systems in western Lake Superior. The project will provide linkages between ecosystem function and historical water quality, and important interpretations will be made regarding the efficacy of sewage treatment as a remedial accomplishment in the Great Lakes basin.

Year 4 of a 5-year operational capacity grant from USEPA will continue support for MPCA and MNDNR actions under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.  This will support Minnesota’s effort to develop and implment the Lake Superior Lakewide Action Management Plan (LAMP) and the St. Louis River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and provide for staff capacity to assess ecosystems, assure quality data, remediate problems in order to remove beneficial use impairment and make progress towards delisting the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

 

Project Manager
First Name
Nelson
Last Name
French
Organization Name
MPCA
Street Address
525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 400
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55802
Phone
(218) 720-4279
Email
nelson.french@state.mn.us