Minnegram Winter 2019

Director's Corner

a message from  Associate Director Joel Larson

Features

Water Conference goes back to basics; Native American knowledge and soil health keys in water resource management
The 2018 Minnesota Water Resources conference 2018 opened with the presentation of the Dave Ford award to Suzanne Jiwani, a flood plain mapping engineer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. At the Department of Natural Resources, Jiwani brings technical expertise and sound science to complex projects. Dave Ford was a mentor to her in her early days at the DNR, who told her “Make your decisions based on facts, recognize your assumptions and always go back to get more data.”

Climate adaptation conference stresses urgency
Eco-journalist Mark Hertsgaard didn’t mince words during his speech at the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference, held November 14, 2018 at the Continuing Education Building on the UMN St. Paul campus. Climate change threats are “an emergency,” and he urged his audience of 225 to maintain their courage as they tackle climate change and adapt to life in an already damaged environment. “Mitigation and adaptation are dual imperatives.”

Sediment is not the primary source of Phosphorus in one of Minnesota’s most heavily eroding watersheds
By Anna Baker and Jacques Finlay
For decades phosphorus (P) management in the United States has focused on upgrades to waste water treatment plants and erosion control as a primary means of reducing negative impacts of excess P loading to lakes and rivers. However, the role of non-point source dissolved-P and the impact of interactions between sediment and dissolved-P on whole-basin phosphorus budgets is much less well known.  Because sediment has been viewed as a critical target for water quality improvement in the Minnesota River Basin (MRB), we sought to understand the extent to which sediment loading was responsible for P inputs to the Le Sueur River, one of the biggest sources of sediment and P to the watershed and the state.

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