Faye Sleeper is Associate director of the University’s Water Resources Center and Program leader for the Extension Water Team. She partners with University and Extension faculty to bring the latest University research in water resources to state and local water resource professionals. Recently she co-led the development and implementation of the Watershed Specialist Training Program, oversaw the Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Midwestern region project, and manages the Agricultural Impacts on Water Quality project.
Ms. Sleeper coordinates the Climate Adaptation Partnership and associated conference planning committees, as well as representing University of Minnesota Extension on the Board of Water and Soil Resources and on the North Central Region Water Network. She collaborates with water specialists in other land grant universities to work on issues that are regional and national in nature.
Ms. Sleeper received her M.A. in geography from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. in Sociology and History from Grinnell College. Prior to her current position, she worked at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in several positions, leading the development of the early Total Maximum Daily Load program, managing the nonpoint source programs and wastewater treatment grants and compliance for municipalities. She led the MPCAs Russian Wastewater Treatment Project in cooperation with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Agency for International Development.