Minnegram Fall 2017

Director's Corner

a message from Director Jeff Peterson


2017 Minnesota Water Resources Conference explores the role of media, industry and science in shaping the public perception of water resources

The 2017 Minnesota Water Resources Conference returns to the St. Paul RiverCentre October 17-18. The Water Resources Center hosts the annual conference which presents innovative water resource engineering solutions, management techniques, and current research. Plenary topics include the role of media in raising public awareness of water issues, water quality in agriculture, protecting public health in recreational waters and tribal water concerns.

New endeavors in citizen science and aquatic plant management: The AIS Trackers Program
By Megan Weber

Citizen science is a field on the rise. Around the globe, researchers are harnessing the power of engaged members of the community to help contribute to important research questions. As defined by the Citizen Science Association, citizen science is “the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations.”

Endangered in its native habitat, invasive starry stonewort finds ideal conditions to thrive in Minnesota lakes
By Dan Larkin

Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) is a new aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. This green alga—native to Europe and Asia—was first identified in Minnesota in summer 2015 in Lake Koronis (Stearns Co.).  What does the arrival of this new aquatic invasive species mean for Minnesota’s lakes?

UMN Center explores North Shore community readiness for climate-altered future
By Emily Green

The area’s scenic attractions have typically been enhanced by its weather – breezy, sunny, and mild in summer and reliably snowy in winter.  But current models predict that global climate change patterns will result in local changes that could noticeably and adversely impact the visitor and resident North Shore experience. The summer seasons could bring increased average temperatures, more heat waves, increased wildfires, and more intense precipitation events. Meanwhile the winters will likely see a decrease in maximum snow depth and a later average date when snow levels reach the one-foot depth that is desirable for many outdoor sports.  


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