Minnegram Fall 2018
The 2018 Minnesota Water Resources Conference returns October 15-16 to the St. Paul RiverCentre. The annual conference presents innovative water resource engineering solutions, management techniques, and current research. This year’s conference plenary speakers will address the impact of the Water Resources Research Act through the work of nationwide network of water centers, how social attitudes and behavior affect the environment, how healthy soil is essential to a healthy planet and the role of indigenous traditional knowledge in informing mainstream environmental science.
Climate Change Adaptation conference to feature author Mark Hertsgaard
By Shahram Missaghi
The fourth Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The conference is organized by the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) and sponsored by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center. The 2018 conference will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, and will focus on “Climate Adaptation: Past, Present, Future, Together.” The conference will offer opportunities for participants to learn about adaptation strategies for cities, tribal communities, transportation, natural resources, human health, and agriculture.
WRC unveils new strategic plan
by Joel Larson
The Water Resources Center staff and leadership are proud to introduce our strategic plato guide our work and collaborations over the next several years. The purpose of the plan is twofold. For our partners, it communicates the range of work we do and our specific niche at the nexus of water, land, and people. In doing so, we hope to spark conversations about how we can collaborate to address the range of water issues facing the state. For our staff, it provides a framework for their programs and activities and serves a guide for planning our work across the spectrum of research, education, outreach, training, and Extension.
Conservation on the ground: planning at the sub-watershed scale
By Ann Lewandowski
Ann Lewandowski of the Water Resources Center and partners at the University of Wisconsin, Purdue University, and the North Central Region Water Network are developing training and support resources for users of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF).
Phosphorus pollution research provides guidance to stormwater pond management
By John Chapman
Minnesota has amazing surface water resources, from Lake Superior to the Boundary Waters to the local lakes such as lake Phalen. Unfortunately, not all of these resources are fully usable because of pollutants that flow into the lakes and rivers each times it rains.
On the water; near the water. Placed-based Extension water education program
By John Bilotta and Karen Terry
What happens on the landscape (i.e., land use practices) impacts the quality and quantity of our water resources. Given this relationship, water resource education and training that provides experiences both on the land and on the water are impactful and memorable. The opportunity for participants to use all five of their senses during educational experiences strongly imprints messages and connects knowledge to potential actions or changes in behavior.