Minnesota Stormwater Research Seminar Series transfers research to practitioners, professionals, policymakers and scientists across Minnesota and nationwide
by John Bilotta
The Minnesota Stormwater Seminar Series continues to be a critical component of the Center’s Stormwater Research and Technology Transfer Program since 2019. The Series brings nationally recognized experts and esteemed researchers to Minnesota to share their knowledge and experiences. Keynote seminars are followed by a panel discussion featuring three Minnesota practitioners, professionals and researchers who work in a similar field for the topic of the month. This holistic approach provides a rich and unique opportunity to learn, share and discuss successes and challenges in stormwater research and management.
During the opposite months, Minnesota Research Spotlights are offered that feature one of the projects completed as part of the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council. To date, 23 projects have been funded. Thirteen of those are complete and offer spotlight seminars about the results.
Seminar Series and the Spotlights are offered in-person at the St. Anthony Falls Lab (SAFL) with a remote viewing option. In 2020 the series transitioned to a completely virtual experience, with more than 1700 individuals participating; an average of ~170 per seminar. Half of the participants were from Minnesota with the remaining half joining from across the country. The 2020 assessment showed that:
- Participants are very satisfied
- Rate the quality of the seminar speakers as excellent
- Similarly, rate the local experts and panelist as excellent
- Participants are able to ask questions and interact well
The lectures have proven to be a valuable resource for many practitioners and professionals and researchers working at local city, county and watershed units of government, those in private industry, and at state, regional and national levels.
The series is led by John Gulliver, Andy Erickson and John Bilotta through a SAFL and Center partnership. Funding is provided by the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment and the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council.