Water Resources Center

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

Water Resources Conference

October 14-15, 2014

St. Paul RiverCentre


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NEW features this year!
  • Exhibitors
  • Conference Mobile App for attendees
  • Low Impact Development (LID) & Stormwater Management Workshop Track on Wednesday
  • Extended session scheduled within program
The Minnesota Water Resources Conference presents innovative, practical, and applied water resource engineering solutions, management techniques, and current research about Minnesota’s water resources. The conference provides an opportunity to address: 1) lessons learned from the implementation of engineering projects; 2) best practices discovered in the design and application of water resource management techniques, 3) implications of water policy decisions, and 4) research into current and emerging issues. The conference facilitates interaction among engineers, water resources managers, researchers, and local, state and federal agency staff.

Guidebook Mobile App
The Water Resources Conference has gone mobile! Attendees can plan their days with a personalized schedule and browse concurrent session and poster abstracts, presenter biographies, exhibitors, maps, and participate in the conference “backchannel” by posting on Twitter before and during the conference.
The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site 

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Social Media: Join the Conversation #MNWRC14
We invite you to join the conversation about the Minnesota Water Resources Conference by tweeting about the symposium, or posting updates to your LinkedIn and Facebook pages. The conference hashtag is #mnwrc14. Type this hashtag in your tweets/posts to continue the conference "backchannel," or you may also search Twitter for this hashtag to view the tweets online. These social media efforts will help participants network and meet new colleagues prior to and during the conference.

Low Impact Development & Stormwater Management – a special all-day session
This special all-day session on low impact development (LID) and stormwater management continues the conversation from the 2013 International Low Impact Development Symposium. The session will include a keynote presentation on LID & stormwater BMP implementation models and lessons learned from a regional/national perspective provided by Scott Struck, Senior Professional at Geosyntec Consultants Past-Chair of Urban Water Resources Research Council; ASCE-EWRI Governing Board University faculty members John Gulliver and Andy Erickson will provide an overview of the current and unfolding LID and stormwater BMP research in progress across Minnesota through the University with collaboration of a number of partners. In the afternoon, there will be longer presentations focused on applying the science – advancing the field using two case studies of stormwater/LID implementation from ‘cradle to grave.’ The case studies will explore initial thought and initial drivers, the design process and selection, the education/engagement/support building components, the identification of barriers and how they were overcome, the budget and how the project was funded, installation & construction, and to the final step of operation & future maintenance.

The first case study is the Riverside Avenue Project - LID and stormwater BMP implementation for streets and highways presented by BARR Engineering (Kurt Leuthhold, Greg Wilson) and the City of Minneapolis
The second is the Cross Plains Wisconsin Residential Development Project – a 38 acre private residential LID development presented by James Bachhuber, Caroline Burger (Brown & Caldwell) and Roger Bannerman (WI DNR – retired). If time permits, there may be a question and answer session on implementing LID across Minnesota. Participants in this session will still attend the Wednesday morning welcome, plenary session, lunch, luncheon presentation, and breaks with all conference attendees. This workshop session will be led by John Bilotta.

Exhibitor Opportunities
The Water Resources Conference is offering exhibitor opportunities at this year's event. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to reach 600-700 water resource professionals from around the state. The exhibitor registration deadline is September 19, 2014.

Register to be an exhibitor online or download an exhibitor registration form here.

Sponsored by:
Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota
College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota

Cosponsored by:
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Section, American Society of Civil Engineers
Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, University of Minnesota