Spring 2014 Community News

Minnesota Water Resources Conference Call for Abstracts
Deadline: Friday, May 9, 2014

The Minnesota Water Resources Conference presents innovative, practical, and applied water resource engineering solutions, management techniques, and current research about Minnesota’s water resources.

Abstracts are due by May 9, 2014 and must be submitted electronically to: www.wrc.umn.edu/waterconf. Clearly describe the work in 100-150 words, include a descriptive title, and list all authors and their affiliations. Abstracts received by will be reviewed and the submitter will be notified in June if the abstract is accepted.

Larry Baker (BBE, WRS faculty) attended a workshop on Human-Carbon Interactions in Urban Systems at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in October 16-18, 2013 at Boulder, Colorado and a Research Coordinating Network workshop "Phosphorus Research to Create a Sustainable Food System" in Tempe, Arizona, January 6-10, 2014. He also presented an invited talk (with coauthors Sarah Hobbie (WRS faculty, EEB), Jaques Finlay (WRS faculty, EEB), P. Kalinosky, and B. Janke) "Moving upstream to reduce urban stormwater phosphorus loading" at the American Geophysical Union Conference, December 9, 3013 in San Francisco, CA. Baker and Heidi Peterson presented a talk "P dynamics for the Albert Lea Lake watershed: implications for future P management" at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency/BWSR. Drainage Management Team Meeting, on January 16, 2014. Baker and Kristen Nelson (WRS faculty, FR, FWCB) presented two talks at Washington County Water Consortium, November 6, 2013. Diana Karwan (FR) and Robert Tipping (Minnesota Geological Survey) have joined the Water Resource Sciences graduate program faculty. Tipping teaches Hydrogeology,and Hydrogeology Field Camp and Karwan teaches Research Problems: Forest Hydrology.

Euan Reavie (UMD-NRRI, WRS faculty) received $500,000 in funding to assess the long-term aquatic conditions of the St. Louis River estuary to inform efforts to remove its Area of Concern designation. Rich Axler (UMD-NRRI, WRS faculty) is co-principal investigator on the project. The ecological and water quality trends from the last few decades will be described and compared to the long-term ecological history to quantify the extent that rehabilitation efforts, such as sewage treatments, have had on western Lake Superior’s aquatic ecology. This research initiative is a combined funding effort by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Sea Grant.