News and Events

March 19-20 - Our Climate Futures: Meeting the Challenges in Duluth

An important March event on climate change and migration is coming up on March 19 and 20 at UMD & the NRRI.

On Wednesday, March 20, at 7 pm, in UMD’s Marshall Center for the Performing Arts (the theater), Dr. Jesse Keenan will speak on “Destination Duluth: The Fact and Fiction of a Shared Climate Future.” Following the presentation will be a panel discussion with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, Karen Diver (College of St. Scholastica and member of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Al Rudeck (Allete Clean Energy) with Andrea Schokker (UMD) as moderator. There are other events as well.

Here are links for details on these events and how to get free tickets:

Climate Futures Conference Program

Climate Futures Conference Information

Tell EPA to Protect Wetlands!

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a sweeping rollback of Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands. The proposal wipes away protection for as many as 20 million acres of wetlands – that’s half the wetlands in the United States – because they do not have a continuous surface connection to a river or lake.

These so-called “isolated” wetlands provide all sorts of benefits, including capturing floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, filtering runoff, and providing vital habitat for fish and wildlife. In fact, more than half of all ducks in North America depend on isolated wetlands known as “prairie potholes” to breed.


If this proposed regulation is finalized, wetlands that support waterfowl hunting and bird watching across the country will be vulnerable to destruction. Ducks from the prairie potholes migrate down all four major North American flyways, so no matter where you live, the ducks that you hunt, photograph, or just enjoy watching probably came from the prairie potholes.

YOU can speak up for wetlands and waterfowl! Before EPA can implement this regulation, it must accept and consider public comments. Comments will only be accepted until April 15. Please urge EPA to adopt strong protections for streams and wetlands! Head over to our online Advocacy Center to take action.

Thank you for telling EPA that this proposal is bad for wetlands and clean water.

Tue Apr 9 - St. Louis River Alliance Annual Membership Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 PM, Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St. - Duluth, MN

Our Featured Guest Presenters: Chad Johnson & Robin Foro of Spirit Mountain Farm, "Creating your Own Edible Slice of Paradise."

The St. Louis River Alliance is excited to meet with our members and would-be members about new ideas and wishes for the future of the organization.

We will have a formal membership meeting beginning at 5:30pm

  • SLRA updates
  • Future outlook
  • Honoring outgoing Board Members
  • Voting for new Board Members
  • Pizza and Beverage

Chad Johnson and Robin Foro present fresh and engaging ways to "open the book of nature" and create your own edible slice of paradise this spring. Alongside Robin's woodland photography that captures the soul of nature, enter into the intimate folklore lifestyle they've cultivated.

See the abundance that can be created by working with the natural world.

Chad is an ecosystem engineer, biodynamic practitioner, and teacher. He has been educating, designing, and installing edible forest gardens, water retention landscapes, and wildlife habitat ecosystems blending modern and ancient techniques. He has traveled and worked nationally and internationally with Sepp Holzer, world renowned agroecologist. Robin, lover of nature, breathes wild cooking, brewing, and medicine making. Chad and Robin steward Spirit Mountain Farm, while milling and building their timber frame home.

You don't have to be a Member to attend the Membership Meeting!

We sincerely hope you will join us to get to know more about our organization and how we can work together to build our "River-Life." For more information call: 218-733-9520

April 10 - Minnesota Water Action Day

Water Action Day 2019 is a full day of public action and advocacy to let lawmakers know that we care about our water and are holding them accountable. This all-day event will include complimentary breakfast and lunch, briefings on the issues, training from experienced activists, and meetings with your legislators. We’ll cap the day off with a huge rally at the Capitol Rotunda, featuring some of Minnesota’s most powerful voices for the environment.

The McCabe Ikes will be coordinating a bus for this event that will leave from in front of the DeWitt Sietz Building by the Canal Park parking lot.

Free Online Registration

8:00AM - Christ Lutheran Church - 105 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55103

2:00PM - Minnesota State Capitol - Rally in the Capital Rotunda - 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155

Meetings with your representatives throughout the day at the nearby Minnesota Senate Building and State Office Building.

May 3 - McCabe Ikes Annual Banquet

The grand prize will be a 4-day guided and outfitted trip by Piragis Northwoods for two to the BWCAW. The winner can choose a winter dog sled trip or a summer canoe trip. Tickets this year are $30 for the grand prize raffle and dinner. You do not have to be present to win.

Purchase tickets from any Ike, or call Darrell Spencer 218-393-1837.