2/19/19 WRC fills research and communication positions. John Bilotta will be moving from his current Extension Educator into his role as Senior Research and Extension Coordinator February 18, 2019. Bilotta is a longtime University of Minnesota Extension employee and has been working closely with the WRC for a number of years. Bilotta began his career in the 1990s working in local soil and water conservation districts. After joining Extension in 1998 as a county educator, he earned his MS degree from the University of Minnesota in soil science and became a regional water resources educator in 2007. Bilotta's joint appointment with Sea Grant began in 2009. In his new role, Bilotta’s initial responsibilities will include stormwater research/technology transfer program and government/stakeholder relations.
Dana Wilson joins the WRC February 28, 2019 as Senior Communications Specialist. Wilson is from Iowa State University, where she served in a variety of communications positions over the last eight years. Most recently, she was the Communications Officer in the ISU Office of the Vice President for Research, where she managed a range of communications projects.
Wilson has a background in science and research and is well-versed in translating the results and value of the work that we do at the WRC. She also has experience in both developing and implementing communications strategies. In her roles at ISU, she has worked with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, among others.
Adam Wilke is currently a postdoctoral Research Social Scientist at the USGS Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. Wilke is a University of Minnesota alumnus, earning his BS in psychology in 2007. He later earned MS and PhD degrees in sociology and sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University, and then worked as an Extension Water Specialist for Iowa State Extension before moving to Colorado for his position at USGS in 2017. In 2018, Wilke served as acting deputy director for the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center in Fort Collins with a joint appointment as a faculty affiliate at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. Wilke reports to the WRC March 25 and his initial responsibilities will include NSF-INFEWS project and the emerging digital water initiative.
11/15/17 Joel Larson, a top-level manager at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been named associate director of the Water Resources Center, effective January 29, 2018
6/8/17 WRC Director and Applied Economic Professor Jeff Peterson is featured in Minnesota Alumni Magazine's summer 2017 issue on agriculture and the future of farming. Water as Common Ground (.pdf)
5/24/17 Former WRC co-director Deb Swackhamer appeared on the PBS Newshour to discuss the Trump administration's changes to the personel on key scientific advisory boards. Swackhamer serves as the chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors.
5/9/17 The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) has awarded Deborah Swackhamer (former WRC co-director) the Warren A. Hall Medal in honor of her lifetime achievements in water resources research and education. Dr. Warren A. Hall, known worldwide for his active involvement in water resources research and education, was one of the founders of UCOWR. The Warren A. Hall Medal is a memorial established by friends and family to recognize exceptional accomplishments and distinction of an individual in the water resources field.
Swackhamer will receive the award during the UCOWR Awards Banquet on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Lory Student Center on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
10/26/16 The White Bear Lake Press reported from the Minnesota Water Conference about the USGS study on possible causes for White Bear Lake's fluctuating water levels.
10/26/16 From the the U of M Brief: Dayton proclaims Water Resources Professionals Week Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Oct. 19-26 Water Resources Professionals Week during the Minnesota Water Resources Conference sponsored by the U's Water Resources Center and College of Continuing Education. The proclamation cites the U's work in advancing science-based solutions for freshwater management and providing lifelong education and professional development.
10/19/16 Protecting Minnesota's Environment During Winter Driving Season KSTP TV visited the Minnesota Water Resources Conference to learn about efforts being made by municipalities to keep winter roads safe for drivers, while protecting Minnesota waters from contamination from road salt.
10/17/16 WRC Director Jeff Peterson appeared on WCCO Radio's Moose Miller show to talk about the upcoming Minnesota Water Resources Conference and regional water issues.
10/7/16 Wetlands, drainage and lessons learned from the Flint water crisis leads 2016 Minnesota Water Resources Conference featured on the UM news webpage.
9/22/16 WRC Associate Director Faye Sleeper is quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune article Report finds a new pollutant-tiny bits of plastics and fiber-building up in the Mississippi.
9/13/16 WRC Director Jeff Peterson was a presenter at the panel discussion: State of Water Resource Economics and Future Directions at the IWREC meeting at the World Bank in Washington, DC, September 11-13, 2016.
8/11/16 The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has appointed WRC Director Jeff Peterson to the Water Use Advisory Council. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Advisory Council members advise foundation staff and board members regarding program development and implementation, potential partnerships, and other matters of significance to the organization’s mission to support innovative science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. Individuals representing diverse industries, geographic areas, and professional backgrounds were selected to serve on the Foundation's six Advisory Councils from a competitive pool of applicants nominated through an open solicitation. Each council member will serve two or three-year terms, and meet virtually three times per year. Each Advisory Council is led by a Chair, appointed to facilitate discussion, build consensus and serve as a liaison to the Foundation’s board.
7/18/16 In Water issues require integrated Extension research, education and community engagement Source Magazine reports on UM Extension efforts to balance multiple uses of Minnesota waters with maintaining water quality. The Water Resources Center is a partner in this effort and Director Jeff Peterson is quoted in the story. "Because of the extraordinary water resources we have in Minnesota, geographically we're like a living laboratory. We've developed the capacity to address a whole range of water-related issues in many different fields of study."