Minnegram Summer 2022

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Minnesota Water Resources Conference returns to the banks of the Mississippi

For the first time since 2019, the Minnesota Water Resources Conference will be an in-person event at St. Paul’s RiverCentre. “After two years of Zoom rooms and emails, this is a long-awaited opportunity for the community to interact face to face,” said Water Resources Center director Jeff Peterson.

The 2022 program covers topics including wetlands, agriculture, stormwater and nutrients in surface waters. Special sessions will highlight the benefits of winter cover crops and the role of the arts in transforming water management.

WRS student Elizabeth Boor targets CECs in wastewater research
by Elizabeth Boor

In the Water Resources Center’s Onsite Sewage Treatment Program, graduate student Elizabeth Boor isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. This summer she has been collecting septic tank sludge also known as “septage” as a key component to her thesis research. 

A farewell tribute to Jesse Schomberg
by John Bilotta with contributions from Cindy Hagley, Madison Rodman, Don Schriner and Tiffany Sprague

In June 2022, we celebrated and toasted Jesse Schomberg as he said goodbye to Minnesota Sea Grant after more than twenty years with the program. We wanted to share a bit more about Jesse and hope you’ll take a few minutes to share in our memories. Most recently, Jesse served as Associate Director of Outreach and Extension Program Leader. As time allowed, he continued to be a stellar Coastal Communities Extension Educator. To say Jesse made an impact on Minnesota’s water resources, Lake Superior and the Great Lakes would be an understatement.

Farm life inspired Water Resources Science student to pursue a green career
by Elizabeth Boor

Ever since I was young, I have had a passion for the environment. I grew up on a sustainable vegetable farm just outside of Hutchinson, Minnesota. Growing up, gardening was the structure in which I learned. My mom taught me how to interact with the environment without destroying it. We swatted potato beetles into buckets of water and hand-picked every weed. I was taught to work with the land instead of bending it to my will. 

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