Citizens sought for participation in St. Louis River focus groupBy donating an hour of their time, residents can help connect river cleanup efforts with healthier neighborhoods in Superior and Duluth.
By donating an hour of their time, residents can help connect river cleanup efforts with healthier neighborhoods in Superior and Duluth. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in one of four hour-long focus groups to measure knowledge and perceptions of the Lower St. Louis River. Results from this research will be used to shape efforts to connect the cleanup of the St Louis River with revitalization of neighborhoods in western neighborhoods of Duluth and in Superior. This effort is the focus of the master thesis of Miriam Eason, a Duluthian who is a graduate student at University of California-Berkeley. This summer, she is working collaboratively with the St Louis River Alliance and the City of Duluth.
Miriam is seeking individuals who are over the age of 18 and who live in a neighborhood that is in the St Louis corridor in Duluth and Superior.
There will be four scheduled one-hour focus groups, two in Duluth and two in Superior. Participants will be compensated with gift certificates from local businesses and snacks.
The main topics discussed include knowledge and experience with the St. Louis River, use and barriers to use, and toxic sites. This information will be shared in the form of a short questionnaire followed by an interactive group mapping activity.
The Superior focus groups will meet from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 15 and 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 in the Superior Public Library classroom, 1530 Tower Ave. The Duluth groups will meet from 2-3 p.m. Sunday and 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the West Branch Public Library in the evergreen senior center room, 5830 Grand Ave. Those planning to participate can RSVP by emailing Miriam at email@example.com.