Winter 2014 Community News

William Arnold (WRS faculty, CE) was the 24th Leonard A. Ford Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Minnesota State University-Mankato October 28, 2013. He spoke on From Triclosan to Dioxins: How your hand soap leads to an unanticipated environmental problem. Arnold was recently recognized as a “super reviewer” at the journal Environmental Science and Technology where he is also an associate editor. Arnold is on sabbatical at the Woods Hole Massachusetts Oceanographic Institution in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry through June 2014.

Les Everett (WRC) presented a poster titled "Manure application guided by grid soil sampling: Minnesota case studies," at the national conference of the American Society of Agronomy in Tampa, Florida, November 3-6, 2013. The poster was selected as one of the top three Extension poster presentations. It summarized a WRC-led project that resulted in eight case studies available on the UM Extension Manure Management and Air Quality website. Jose Hernandez and Randy Pepin (UM Extension) were co-presenters. Funding for the project was provided by the McKnight Foundation.

John Gulliver (WRS faculty, CE) is spending the year working with visiting Valparaiso University professor Peter T. Weiss on Gulliver's research group on treating stormwater runoff.

Lucinda Johnson (WRS faculty, NRRI), is serving on a panel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board that will review a long-awaited study on water “connectivity” that is expected to inform a pending jurisdiction policy. According to the EPA’s website, the proposed rule “will provide greater consistency, certainty, and predictability nationwide by providing clarity in determining where the Clean Water Act applies.” The draft science report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters, will provide the science-based information to clarify Clean Water Act jurisdiction, “including a description of the factors that influence connectivity and the mechanisms by which connected waters affect downstream waters,” the website states.

Gary Sands (WRS faculty, BBE) gave a keynote presentation entitled Drainage System Design for Multiple Objectives at a symposium conducted in September 2013 by the Association of Nordic Agricultural Scientists, in Sarpsborg, Norway. The question being addressed by the symposium was, “Does climate change demand a new approach to drainage design”, and Sands’ keynote outlined the challenges of multi-objective drainage design, wherein trade-offs are sought among traditional agricultural productivity/profitability objectives and mitigation of environmental impacts associated with drainage systems. The three-day symposium was attended by agricultural scientists and engineers from the Nordic and Baltic countries.