Spring 2016 Community News

CFANS Dean Brian Buhr arrived bright and early to the WRC conference room February 1, bearing donuts and coffee for WRC staff. The treats were in recognition of the WRC’s Community Fund drive performance, posting the highest increase in staff participation in the fundraising campaign within CFANS.

William Arnold (WRS faculty, CE) reports that research assistant Andrew McCabe received 2016 Graduate Student Paper Awards from the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, for his paper resulting from his work on Arnolds NIWR-funded project, Understanding Pesticide Photolysis in Prairie Potholes for Water Management Strategies. McCabe will present his paper at the fall 2016 ACS meeting in Philadelphia August 21-24.

Larry Baker (WRS faculty, BBE) participated in two INFEWS (Innovation at the Intersection of Food, Energy, and Water) workshops, one at the Chemistry Division at the April meeting of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and another in February 2016 at the University of Nebraska. The workshop reports from these workshops inform NSF's RFP process.

John Bilotta (UM Extension, Sea Grant) recently completed three trainings of the Watershed Game Train-the-trainer program. Workshops were held in Minneapolis and Duluth. Over 100 educators are now trained in the Watershed Game classroom version.  The Watershed Game is an interactive tool that promotes understanding of the connection between land use and water quality.

John Gulliver (WRS faculty, CE) has four grant-funded projects for the 2016 spring semester: Stormwater Research Priorities and Pond Maintenance, with Ray Hozalski, Jaques Finlay, Matt Simcik, Bruce Wilson, Larry Baker (all WRS faculty), John Bilotta (MN Sea Grant, UM Extension) and John Chapman (BBE); Permeable Pavement for Road Salt Reduction;  Iron-Enhanced Swale Ditch Checks for Phosphorus Removal, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Local Road Research Board and Understanding Impacts of Salt Usage on Minnesota Lakes, Rivers, and Groundwater, with Sara Heger, (WRS faculty, OSTP) from the Legislative and Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Deborah Swackhamer (former WRC Co-director) is featured in Agate magazine: Researcher crusades for policies to protect water: profile of Dr. Deborah SwackhamerAgate is an online magazine focused on the environment and people of Minnesota and the surrounding Great Lakes region.