Shared Water, Shared Responsibility: Engaging Minnesota’s Communities, Students, & Policy-Makers

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:15-8:00pm
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Water Resources Students In Action (WRSIA) hosted a community discussion with key Minnesota policy makers on Thursday, March 23 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Co-sponsored by the University's Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and the University's Water Resources Center, the event  addressed challenges facing clean water and explore how Minnesotans from all walks of life can play a role in promoting sustainable practices.

Inspired by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s Year of Water Action, the event included a reception and poster session on water research, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with policy experts.

Reception and Poster Session

Students, staff, and faculty, state employees, and community members gathered for hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and casual conversation.  Some students presented posters on topics pertaining to water resources and discussed their research. poster session

Panel Discussion

Representatives from the Governor’s office and state agencies discussed topics related to April’s Year of Water Action theme of water sustainability.  This portion of the event was live-streamed and recorded (click here to view).

  • Anna Henderson, Water Advisor for Governor Dayton
  • Paul Allwood, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Rebecca Flood, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Whitney Place, Director of Government Affairs, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Luke Skinner, Director,  Division of Ecological and Water Resources,  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Doug Thomas, Assistant Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Photo of panelists with graduate student, Brad Gordon

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Event Recording

If you missed the event, click here to view the recording. 

Questions for the Panelists

The following PDF lists the questions submitted prior to the event.

PDF iconyowa_event_questions_submitted_by_audience.pdf


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