Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

Welcome to the WRC

Deb Swackhamer’s Water Resources Center legacy comes from talent, dedication…and what she calls “luck”

 Although she’s stepped down from the co-directorship of the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center (WRC), don’t expect Deb Swackhamer to fade away. She remains a University professor of science technology and environmental policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, a professor of environmental health sciences with the School of Public Health and leaves a legacy of water protection literally, on the books. Read full article>>

WRC Minnegram Swackhamer gif

Swackhamer grew up in Whitehouse Station New Jersey, in an educated household in which there were “no boring discussions."

Teacher at Sea sonar mapping voyage sends environmental educator John Bilotta to the bottom of the ocean and into experiential learning

When John Bilotta set sail aboard the Nancy Foster on June 17 as part of NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Teacher at Sea project he was eager to apply his teaching mantra of “see, touch and smell” to his own education. “I spend so much time talking and teaching about the oceans that I was just excited to apply that philosophy to my own learning.”

Bilotta was one of 18 environmental teachers selected in a nation-wide search by NOAA to participate in the sonar mapping of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the South Atlantic Ocean. Read full article>>

 WRC Fall Minnegram BIlotta image

The remote operating vehicle pictured here with
Bilotta is equipped with a full spectrum camera,
a digital camera, and lasers which allow scientists
to measure objects on the ocean floor.




Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework

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Watershed Specialist Training>>

News and Upcoming Events 

Minnesota Wetlands Conference

January 14th, 2015
UM Landscape Arboretum
Chaska, Minnesota
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Building Minnesota’s Capacity for Climate Adaptation Conference

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Minnesota Water Resources Conference 2014

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Watch The Cost of Climate Change on TPT  this fall