WRC and Extension water teams create virtual hub for water resources materials

Based on responses from an online survey, and in consultation with campus web experts, the UMN Extension water team created and organized their extensive set of tools, materials and information to help Minnesotans manage our valuable water resources.

Agriculture and water includes materials for planning and designing agricultural drainage systems, optimizing irrigation and nutrient application to support water and soil health, and dealing  with less ideal conditions such as flooded fields and how manure can affect water quality.

Homes and water includes information for homeowners on how to protect their residences from various forms of water damage. It also contains information on how to be the envy of your neighbors by properly watering lawns, trees, shrubs, fruits and vegetables and preventative information for septic system owners to keep their septic systems functioning properly.

Lakes and wetlands offer a collection of educational resources about protecting and preserving these water bodies and about their many environmental benefits. In addition, materials are available for shoreland residents to learn about preventing erosion, maintaining septic systems and preserving natural landscapes.

Urban stormwater highlights the stormwater education program, which promotes environmentally sound water resources management and policy implementation for stormwater managers and educators. Additional science-based resources provide the basics of stormwater management, such as the benefit of rain gardens to capture stormwater runoff.

Water and tribal nations contain articles for readers to learn about water (Nibi) stewardship for people in Native lands with historical perspectives and practical information.

Watersheds and resources provide information and educational materials about watersheds, including the Watershed Game, and the Water Resources Center (WRC) based-programs for elected officials, community leaders, citizens, and natural resource professionals.

The website will be regularly updated and additional resources for drinking water, stormwater and watersheds are planned for the near future.