Year of Water Action: WRS faculty and student research

January 2017: Clean Water Creates a Healthy Minnesota

Community perspectives on water quality and clean water actions
Project Staff:
Joseph Nowak and Mae Davenport
Assessing subsurface water flow to streams
Project Staff:
Katherine McLellan, Dr. Joe Magner, Dr. Chris Lenhart, Hilary Pierce, and Brad Gordon
Sunlight can transform contaminants to improve water quality
Project Staff:
William Arnold and Andrew J. McCabe
Are wetland plants and animals affected by "leftover" contaminants?
Project Staff:
Valerie Brady, Carol Reschke, Valerie Brady, Holly Wellard Kelly, and Robert Hell
Phosphorus flows in agricultural watersheds
Project Staff:
Jacques Finlay, Brent Dalzell, Amy Hansen, Anna Baker, and Evelyn Boardman
Research on historical and modern trends of HABs in MN lakes.
Project Staff:
Andrew Bramburger and Matt Bambach
Making microbes process pollutants faster than they would naturally
Project Staff:
Thomas Vennemann, Chanlan Chun, Eric Singsaas, and Mark Peltier
Bacterial degradation of chlorinated chemicals
Project Staff:
Hanna Temme and Paige Novak
Impact of drainage on water budgets
Project Staff:
Jeffrey Strock, Brent Dalzell, Joe Magner, Laurent Ahiablame, Axel Garcia y Garcia, Todd Trooien, and Lu Zhang
Reducing nitrate leaching from irrigated potato production using adaptive nitrogen and irrigation management practices
Project Staff:
Brian Bohman, Dr. Carl Rosen, and Dr. David Mulla

February 2017: Minnesota Innovations in Clean Water Practices and Technology

Iron filings reduce internal phosphorus load in lakes
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, Bill Arnold, and Poornima Natajaran
Iron-enhanced sand filter can reduce phosphate in drain tile runoff
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, Andrew Erickson, and Peter Weiss
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, Poornima Natajaran, and Peter Weiss
Roadside drainage ditches treat road runoff
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, John Nieber, and Maria Garcia-Serrana
Permeable pavement may not require road salt
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, Andrew Erickson, Heinz Stefan, Benjamin Janke, and William Herb
Constructed wetlands for tile drainage nutrient removal
Project Staff:
Chris Lenhart, Brad Gordon, Josh Gamble, Dean Current, Heidi Peterson, John Nieber, Nikol Ross, Joe Magner, and Ashley Brenke
Inexpensive open-source environmental monitoring systems
Project Staff:
Andrew Wickert and Chad Sandell
Targeted street sweeping efficiently removes phosphorus from streets
Project Staff:
Lawrence Baker, Paula Kalinosky, Sarah Hobbie, Ross Bintner, and Chris Buyarski
Sulfate & metal removal from mine water
Project Staff:
Dr. Sebastian Behrens, Dr. Jovan Popovic, Dr. Zhe Du, and Dr. Kurt Spokas
Nitrate removal from agricultural runoff
Project Staff:
Prof. Sebastian Behrens, Prof. Bruce Wilson, Lori Krider, and Nadine Hackshaw
Turning high strength waste into a source of renewable energy
Project Staff:
William A. Arnold, Paige Novak, Craig Warren Davis, and Kuang Zhu
Making microbes process pollutants faster than they would naturally
Project Staff:
Thomas Vennemann, Chanlan Chun, Eric Singsaas, and Mark Peltier
Transforming drainage and supplemental irrigation
Project Staff:
Jeff Strock, Jane Frankenberger, Chris Hay, Mohammed Youssef, Laura Bowling, Eileen Kladivko, Matt Helmers, Xinhua Jia, Larry Brown, Dan Jaynes, Kelly Nelson, Norm Fausey, Brent Sohngen, Axel Gardia y Garcia, and Tamas Varga
Enhanced removal of pharmaceuticals during UV disinfection
Project Staff:
Dr. William Arnold, Dr. Paige Novak, and Priya Hora
Reducing nitrate leaching from irrigated potato production using adaptive nitrogen and irrigation management practices
Project Staff:
Brian Bohman, Dr. Carl Rosen, and Dr. David Mulla

March 2017: Impacts of Climate Change on Minnesota Water

Water and social science for building climate readiness
Project Staff:
Holly Meier, George Host, Mae Davenport, Lucinda Johnson, Vanessa Perry, Jenn Shepard, and Joseph Nowak III
Research on historical and modern trends of HABs in MN lakes.
Project Staff:
Andrew Bramburger and Matt Bambach
Where does water in a river come from?
Project Staff:
Stephen Labuz and Rebecca Teasley

April 2017: Sustainable Practices for Clean Water

Some ponds release more phosphorus than they retain
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, Jacques Finlay, Ben Janke, Tyler Olsen, and Vinicius Taguchi
Permeable pavement may not require road salt
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, Andrew Erickson, Heinz Stefan, Benjamin Janke, and William Herb
Chloride sources in Minnesota
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, Sara Heger, Alycia Overbo, Heinz Stefan, Connie Fortin, Andrew Erickson, and William Herb
Homeowners can reduce water and save money by auditing and better management of their lawn irrigation systems
Project Staff:
Mary Meyer and Sam Bauer
Targeted street sweeping efficiently removes phosphorus from streets
Project Staff:
Lawrence Baker, Paula Kalinosky, Sarah Hobbie, Ross Bintner, and Chris Buyarski
Antibiotics in Minnesota Lakes
Project Staff:
William Arnold and Jill Kerrigan
Nutrient removal effectiveness across different landscapes
Project Staff:
Hilary Pierce, Joe Magner, Chris Lenhart, and Katherine McLellan
Lake sediment records describe historical erosion and sedimentation
Project Staff:
Robert Dietz, Daniel Engstrom, Shawn Schottler, and James Almendinger
Some lakes hold their P better than others
Project Staff:
Robert Dietz and Daniel Engstrom
Sulfate & metal removal from mine water
Project Staff:
Dr. Sebastian Behrens, Dr. Jovan Popovic, Dr. Zhe Du, and Dr. Kurt Spokas
Nitrate removal from agricultural runoff
Project Staff:
Prof. Sebastian Behrens, Prof. Bruce Wilson, Lori Krider, and Nadine Hackshaw
Developing risk based approach to upgrading MnDOT wastewater systems
Project Staff:
Sara Heger, David Gustafson, and Daniel Wheeler
Phosphorus flows in agricultural watersheds
Project Staff:
Jacques Finlay, Brent Dalzell, Amy Hansen, Anna Baker, and Evelyn Boardman
Energy produced from wastewater
Project Staff:
Kuang Zhu, Prof. Paige Novak, Prof. William Arnold, Prof. Alptekin Aksan, Dr. Craig Davis and Troy Huhta
Making microbes process pollutants faster than they would naturally
Project Staff:
Thomas Vennemann, Chanlan Chun, Eric Singsaas, and Mark Peltier
Impact of drainage on water budgets
Project Staff:
Jeffrey Strock, Brent Dalzell, Joe Magner, Laurent Ahiablame, Axel Garcia y Garcia, Todd Trooien, and Lu Zhang
Transforming drainage and supplemental irrigation
Project Staff:
Jeff Strock, Jane Frankenberger, Chris Hay, Mohammed Youssef, Laura Bowling, Eileen Kladivko, Matt Helmers, Xinhua Jia, Larry Brown, Dan Jaynes, Kelly Nelson, Norm Fausey, Brent Sohngen, Axel Gardia y Garcia, and Tamas Varga
Changing homeowner and business irrigation practices in the TC's
Project Staff:
Graduate Student Gail Hudson, Professor and Extension Horticulturalist Dr. Mary Meyer, and Assistant Extension Professor Sam Bauer
Effect of micropollutants on waste treatment
Project Staff:
Nicole Mohapp, Carlise Sorenson, Dr. Matt Simcik, and Dr. Paige Novak

May 2017: Keep our Waters Swimmable & Fishable

Chloride sources in Minnesota
Project Staff:
John Gulliver, Sara Heger, Alycia Overbo, Heinz Stefan, Connie Fortin, Andrew Erickson, and William Herb
Antibiotics in Minnesota Lakes
Project Staff:
William Arnold and Jill Kerrigan
Lake sediment records describe historical erosion and sedimentation
Project Staff:
Robert Dietz, Daniel Engstrom, Shawn Schottler, and James Almendinger
Some lakes hold their P better than others
Project Staff:
Robert Dietz and Daniel Engstrom
Developing risk based approach to upgrading MnDOT wastewater systems
Project Staff:
Sara Heger, David Gustafson, and Daniel Wheeler
Phosphorus flows in agricultural watersheds
Project Staff:
Jacques Finlay, Brent Dalzell, Amy Hansen, Anna Baker, and Evelyn Boardman
Evolving reactivity of surface sites after exposure
Project Staff:
Jeanette Voelz, William A. Arnold, and R. Lee Penn
Research on historical and modern trends of HABs in MN lakes.
Project Staff:
Andrew Bramburger and Matt Bambach
Remediation of groundwater contaminated with nitroaromatic munitions
Project Staff:
Bill Arnold, Matthew Berens, and Jennifer Strehlau
Making microbes process pollutants faster than they would naturally
Project Staff:
Thomas Vennemann, Chanlan Chun, Eric Singsaas, and Mark Peltier
Investigation of Western Lake Superior for Microplastic Pollution
Project Staff:
Erik Hendrickson, Elizabeth Minor, and Kathryn Schreiner
Where does water in a river come from?
Project Staff:
Stephen Labuz and Rebecca Teasley
Project Staff:
Dr. William Arnold and Stephen Todey

June 2017: Clean Water is Good for Our Economy

Assessing subsurface water flow to streams
Project Staff:
Katherine McLellan, Dr. Joe Magner, Dr. Chris Lenhart, Hilary Pierce, and Brad Gordon
Research on historical and modern trends of HABs in MN lakes.
Project Staff:
Andrew Bramburger and Matt Bambach
What is a large lake worth?
Project Staff:
Robert Sterner, Rajendra Poudel, Bonnie Keeler, and Steve Polasky
Impact of drainage on water budgets
Project Staff:
Jeffrey Strock, Brent Dalzell, Joe Magner, Laurent Ahiablame, Axel Garcia y Garcia, Todd Trooien, and Lu Zhang
Transforming drainage and supplemental irrigation
Project Staff:
Jeff Strock, Jane Frankenberger, Chris Hay, Mohammed Youssef, Laura Bowling, Eileen Kladivko, Matt Helmers, Xinhua Jia, Larry Brown, Dan Jaynes, Kelly Nelson, Norm Fausey, Brent Sohngen, Axel Gardia y Garcia, and Tamas Varga
Reducing nitrate leaching from irrigated potato production using adaptive nitrogen and irrigation management practices
Project Staff:
Brian Bohman, Dr. Carl Rosen, and Dr. David Mulla