Minnesota Water Resources Conference returns to the banks of the Mississippi River

New at the conference this year is the Guidebook Mobile App which will help attendees plan their days at the conference, with a personalized schedule and browse concurrent session and poster abstracts, presenter biographies, exhibitors, maps. Also new are vendor exhibits, a Low Impact Development and Stormwater Management Workshop, and an extended session within the program.

Plenary and luncheon speakers are:

Paul DouglasPaul Douglas, Total Weather, LLC. Climate Impacts on Water Resources. Minnesota's first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist with a meteorology degree from Penn State, Douglas has spent 33 years in broadcasting, radio, television, web production, print and reporting. Although Douglas grew up in Pennsylvania, he has spent nearly his entire career in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, 11 years at KARE11, another 11 years at WCCO-TV. In addition to three years at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Douglas has appeared on ABC Nightline, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.

Craig CoxCraig Cox, senior vice president for agriculture and Natural Resources at the Environmental Working Group. Farming and Clean Water: Still Such a Long Way to Go. Cox began his career in conservation by joining the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 1977 as a field biologist. Since then, he has worked for the National Academy of Sciences, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as Executive Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He joined EWG in 2008 and leads the organization’s research and advocacy work in agriculture, renewable energy, and climate change. He also directs EWG’s Midwest Office in Ames, Iowa. He has degrees in wildlife ecology and agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota.

Peter SorensenPeter Sorensen, founder and researcher at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. Carp: Biology and Politics. Sorensen received a B.A. from Bates College and developed his love of research at the University of North Wales and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island for his discovery that compounds derived from stream microbes direct the migration of larval eels. Sorensen accepted a position at the University of Minnesota in 1988 to study fish behavior, olfaction, and physiology. His position is based in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; and he has graduate appointments in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, Neuroscience, and Water Resources Science. Peter is enthusiastic to work with students on projects involving any topic that addresses fish behavior, physiology, and chemoreception.

Janet Keough, Associate Director for Science, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development NHEERL Mid-Continent Ecology Division.

The Minnesota Water Conference is sponsored by the Water Resources Center and the College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored by the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Section, American Society of Civil Engineers Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, University of Minnesota and the Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota.