Water resource research, management on tap at upcoming Water Resources Conference

The 2015 Minnesota Water Conference returns to the St. Paul RiverCentre October 13-14, 2015. The Water Resources Center hosts the annual conference which presents innovative water resource engineering solutions, management techniques, and current research. Plenary topics this year include findings from Chesapeake Bay nutrient management, NOG and industry efforts in water stewardship and environmental impacts of fracking. Concurrent sessions throughout the day will offer information on engineering projects, water research, best practices in design and application of water resource management methods, water policy and emerging issues. There will be a poster session on the first day of the conference and industry vendors will staff exhibits throughout both days.


Tom Schueler

Tom Schueler Managing Nutrient Reductions at the Watershed Scale: Some Early Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. For over 30 years, Schueler has applied practical stormwater practices, protecting and restoring urban watersheds. He directs the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, a non-profit organization devoted to implementation of sustainable stormwater practices across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Schueler also directs the Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Training Partnership, which provides webcasts, workshops and on-line training modules to train engineers on new practices.


Lawrence Wackett

Lawrence Wackett  Fracking and the Nexus of Water and Energy. Wackett is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota. He holds joint appointments in the Biotechnology Institute and the Department of Microbiology. He obtained his M.S. degree in Microbiology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1987 Wackett became an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. Professor Wackett studies microbial biodegradation and biocatalysis in his research.


Lisa Kushner

Lisa Kushner Creating Shared Value - Advancing Water Stewardship through NGO/Industry Collaboration. Kushner is a member of The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Engagement team, where she manages corporate strategy and private-sector partnerships that focus on the intersection of water stewardship and agriculture.  Kushner also manages the Conservancy’s internal due diligence and review process for work with the private sector.  The Conservancy views corporate engagement as a tool to achieve conservation outcomes and works with companies to incorporate the value of nature into their business decisions. Prior to joining the Conservancy’s corporate engagement team, she spent several years in non-profit philanthropy and economic consulting.  Lisa has a B.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.


Ellen Silva

Ellen Silva Creating Shared Value - Advancing Water Stewardship through NGO/Industry Collaboration. Silva has held a variety of roles in her 18 years at General Mills, Inc. She has has developed Yoplait yogurt and Progresso soup, led nutrition science projects as well as developed nutrition strategy while a member of the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, helped change company innovation models while a member of the corporate connected innovation team, and led development efforts in many areas of ingredient and process technology as a manager in GTECH, the corporate central research team.  She currently holds the role of Applied Sustainability Senior Manager on the Global Sustainability team, where her focus is watershed stewardship strategy implementation and packaging sustainability.  Silva earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University.


Len Price

Len Price Reflections on Water. Price has been the Executive Director of Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa since 2005. This non-profit, like the CCC-Civilian Conservation Corps, engages youth and young adults in hands on outdoor natural resource work. Prior to his current position, he taught high school social studies for 34 years, retiring in 1999 after teaching in the South Washington County School system. He served in the Minnesota State Legislature for 20 years; 1983-1990 in the House and 1991-2002 in the Senate. During his service in the Senate, Len chaired the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Budget Division of Finance. He has also chaired State Government Finance & Budget Division and the Legislative Water Commission created by the 1989 Minnesota Groundwater Act. He authored many water related bills.

The Minnesota Water Conference is sponsored by the Water Resources Center and the College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored by the 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 and the Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota.