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”The citizens of Minnesota desire a sustainable water future, and this will require a robust, comprehensive, and integrated statewide policy. This policy must ensure that water demand is forever balanced by clean renewable water, and that our water resources are protected, maintained and restored.” - Preamble of the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework
Red clay runoff from streams that surged during the June 20, 2012 storm stains the water in St. Louis Bay orange. Duluth, MN
Photo credit: Bob King, Duluth Tribune
Water Resources Science (WRS) faculty Paul Capel and Erik Smith, WRS graduate, set up a rain sampler in Iowa. Capel’s research into the herbicide glyphosate is chronicled in the summer 2014 issue of the Minnegram.
“Minnesotans value and want to protect their water resources. The discussion of climate change raises many questions, such as how do we best adapt to changing precipitation patterns? Is flooding affected by climate change? These and other climate change issues will be explored at the Annual Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference in November 2014.” Faye Sleeper, Interim Director, Water Resources Center.
“Many water impairments in our state are due to excess nutrients and bacteria, with the significant sources coming from fertilizer application, manure management, and cropping practices. Agriculture is essential to Minnesota's economy and well-being, and we are working with the agricultural community to improve practices and policies to protect and restore Minnesota's great water resources.” Professor Deborah Swackhamer