St. Croix Watershed Research Station
St. Croix Watershed Research Station

An important source of scientific discovery

SCWRS Research

We have the tools necessary to study lakes and rivers, from boats and field vehicles to high-powered microscopes and analytical instrumentation for environmental chemistry. 

SCWRS people

A group of scientists with diverse expertise, meticulous laboratory staff, and a supporting team make it possible for the St. Croix Watershed Research Station to carry out its mission.

Programs

Our programs seek to connect people with science in creative ways. From the arts to public events to providing a venue for our peers to share research, these efforts encourage collaboration and communication.

The St. Croix Watershed Research Station is home to a team of scientists who study water around the world. We seek to better understand challenges facing clean water and humanity's relationship with our most precious resource.

Our research provides essential data to improve water quality and reduce pollution of lakes and rivers. We study how land use, climate change, atmospheric deposition, and other factors affect watersheds, thus contributing to scientific understanding of aquatic systems.

Since 1989, these studies have taken us from our home base on the St. Croix River to Mongolia, Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond. The findings regularly inform policy, management, and the public. 

Photo Gallery

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Lake of the Woods
Adam Heathcote and sediment traps for Lake of the Woods

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Algal blooms
Algal blooms from Lake St Croix - photo by Mark Edlund

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AlphaSpec
AlphaSpec in Lead-210 dating lab at the Research Station

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Artist at Pine Needles
Artist at Pine Needles Joshua Cunningham painting in Marine on St Croix - photo by Greg Seitz

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Artist demos
Artist demos journalling techniques

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Artists workshop
Artists workshop

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Cleaning buoys
Cleaning buoys at Lake of the Woods Aug 2015

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Coring Lake of the Woods in winter
Coring Lake of the Woods in winter

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Coring Miller Lake Jan 2015
Coring Miller Lake Jan 2015

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Coring Miller Lake Jan 2015
Coring Miller Lake Jan 2015

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Coring Miller Lake Jan 2015
Coring Miller Lake Jan 2015

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Diatom reproduction, photo by David Burge
Diatom reproduction, photo by David Burge

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Dolichospermum
Dolichospermum Net Lake MN June 2015 - photo by Mark Edlund

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Dunn Library at the Research Station
Dunn Library at the Research Station

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Field work for Sedimental Journey project
Field work for Sedimental Journey project

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Good day coring at Miller Lake
Good day coring at Miller Lake

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Isle Royale field work
Isle Royale field work with Dan Engstrom and project collaborator Jasmine Saros

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Mercury methylation
Jill Coleman Wasik measuring rates of mercury methylation

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Northern MN peatland
Jill Coleman Wasik monitors water level and chemistry in a northern MN peatland

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Sulfate and Mercury
Jill Coleman Wasik sampling for sulfate and mercury

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Sampling the St. Croix River
Joy Ramstack Hobbs and Todd Bentler sampling the St. Croix River

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Joy Ramstack Hobbs sampling the St. Croix River
Joy Ramstack Hobbs sampling the St. Croix River

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Sampling at Voyageurs Natl Park
Never forget the duct tape - sampling at Voyageurs Natl Park

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Prairie and Pollinator Event – Prairie Tour
Prairie and Pollinator Event – Prairie Tour

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Guests learn about beekeeping
Prairie and Pollinator Event July 2015 - Guests learn about beekeeping

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Prairie and Pollinator Event July 2015 - Native plant sale
Prairie and Pollinator Event July 2015 - Native plant sale

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Repairing the Station boardwalk Oct. 2014
Repairing the Station boardwalk Oct. 2014

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River otter in Taylor Pond
River otter in Taylor Pond at the Station - photo by James Mallman

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Sediment core from Miller Lake
Sediment core from Miller Lake

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Spring Creek at the Research Station
Spring Creek at the Research Station

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Station Friends event in Spring Creek
Station Friends event in Spring Creek

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Station friends explore Spring Creek with scientists
Station friends explore Spring Creek with scientists

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Swan on Taylor Pond
Swan on Taylor Pond at the Station - photo by James Mallman

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Taylor Pond at the Research Station
Taylor Pond at the Research Station

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The Director Miller Lake Jan 2015
The Director Miller Lake Jan 2015

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White water lilies
White water lilies in Wallace Lake, Isle Royale Natl Park

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Wis Public TV filming
Wis Public TV filming Artist Dave Beck for upcoming documentary - photo by Greg Seitz
Directions

St. Croix Watershed Research Station
16910 152nd St. N.
Marine on St. Croix MN 55047

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