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Wisconsin Sea Grant achieved college status in 1972 and is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They are a statewide program of basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources.

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Wisconsin Sea Grant by the Numbers

2017 (pdf)

2016 (pdf)

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN WISCONSIN RESULTED IN*

$20.5M

ECONOMIC IMPACT

125

JOBS

90

BUSINESSES

13000

K-12 STUDENTS REACHED

 
 
 

*Metrics reported in July 2018 for work conducted February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. Jobs = jobs created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. Businesses = the number of businesses created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. K-12 students reached through Sea Grant education efforts.

Wisconsin Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Meet Wisconsin Sea Grant Experts


Harvey Bootsma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Dr. Bootsma received funding from Wisconsin Sea Grant to study the effects of the invasive quagga mussel on plankton abundance in Lake Michigan.


"Sea Grant allows us to address very relevant questions for stakeholders on Lake Michigan; whether you’re a sport fisher, commercial fisher or beach goer…Sea Grant has facilitated getting the results of our work out to the public and really help our research have an impact on stakeholders."

Julia Noordyk

Water Quality and Coastal Communities Outreach Specialist - Julia helps communities become more resilient to coastal storms and flooding. One of her main projects include restoration of the Cat Island Chain in Green Bay.


"One of the most exciting things for me is that I get work with communities to help solve water quality and coastal hazard issues. I get to bring science-based information to them so they can make appropriate decisions for themselves."

Tamara Thomsen

Maritime Archeologist - Tamara works at the Wisconsin Historical Society and assists Wisconsin Sea Grant in their tourism initiatives.


"Through our partnership with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, it has allowed us to bring back to life the stories of the mariners. It’s allowed us to share the stories of historic ports and development along our Great Lakes."

Wisconsin Stories and News

Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

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Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

Ten weeks can be fleeting. Even though the days may pass quickly, they can be momentous ones. At Wisconsin Sea Grant this summer, the hope is that for eight undergraduates 70 days will be formative. The eight students are participating in an inaugural internship program targeted toward underserved and indigenous communities, rich in mentoring and, in three of the five opportunities, focused on tribal issues.  

Great Lakes Resurgence

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Great Lakes Resurgence

Cleanup efforts bring life to local waterfronts

Revitalization breaks through in this photo essay from National Geographic photographer Peter Essick, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, demonstrating the renewed majesty of the Great Lakes.

 Take a visual tour of the restoration and resurgence of Great Lakes tributaries that were designated as Areas of Concern under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These tributaries were pinpointed due to significant pollution and habitat problems, but with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Areas of Concern are getting cleaned up and habitat is being restored.

An ecological investment is bringing life back to the aquatic environment. Tourism, recreation, and development are returning to the basin’s rivers, harbors, and lakes.

Wisconsin Sea Grant and National Weather Service Explore Influence of Severe Weather on the Economically Disadvantaged

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Wisconsin Sea Grant and National Weather Service Explore Influence of Severe Weather on the Economically Disadvantaged

A Wisconsin Sea Grant and National Weather Service collaborative project seeks to answer the question: Why are the economically disadvantaged more likely to be negatively affected by severe weather? It adds to the Weather Ready Nation initiative.

Sea Grant, EPA, others partner to clean up Great Lakes

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Sea Grant, EPA, others partner to clean up Great Lakes

Sea Grant programs in the Great Lakes and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are teaming up to raise awareness about cost-sharing programs available through the Great Lakes Legacy Act for sediment cleanup efforts. A new video and social media campaign explain. 

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