Winter 2015 Community News

John Bilotta (UM Extension, Sea Grant) co-led the 2014 Clean Water Summit at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on September 11, 2014, Green Infrastructure for Clean Water: Cost and Benefits to our Communities. Nearly 200 water planners, engineers, landscape architects, and leaders attended. Presentations from the Summit are postedBilotta also led a workshop with nearly 100 low impact development and stormwater professionals at the 2014 Minnesota Water Resources Conference. The workshop featured aspects from more than six University researchers and their projects on stormwater BMPs and two signature community projects. Bilotta serves on the planning committee for the full conference that included nearly 600 participants. 

Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Jeff Gunderson, Marte Kitson, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Hilarie Sorensen, Climate Change Extension Educator, Dale Bergeron, Maritime Extension Educator, Chris Benson, Information Designer, and Sharon Moen, Communications Coordinator, contributed to the success of the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, Minnesota Oct 20-22, 2014. Minnesota Sea Grant’s contributions ranged from planning, presenting, media relations, photography and coordinating sessions. The conference attracted nearly 700 attendees.

John Gulliver
 (WRS faculty, CE) traveled to Kuching, Malaysia September, 2014 to give two talks at the International Conference on Urban Drainage, "Impacts Of Climate Change On Stormwater Infrastructure In A Mid-Continent City," co-authored by Trisha Moore and "Infiltration Into Roadside Grassed Swales," co-authored by John Nieber (WRS faculty, BBE).

Sergei Katsev (WRS faculty, UMD Physics and LLO) visited the University of Western Australia July-August, 2013 as a Gledden Visiting Fellow. The Gledden Visiting Fellowships are part of the estate bequeathed to the University by the late Robert John Gledden to promote and encourage education and research at the University of Western Australia in the disciplines of applied science, more particularly relating to surveying, engineering, mining or cognate subjects.

Minnesota Governor's Geospatial Commendation award was presented at the Minnesota Annual GIS/LIS Conference in Rochester, Minnesota, October 2, 2014 to The Minnesota Elevation Mapping Project. Certificates were presented to representatives of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, Minnesota Department of Transportation, the University of Minnesota, and United States Geological Service for their contributions to the project. Les Everett of the Water Resources Center (WRC) accepted the certificate for the UM. Everett led the legislative request to obtain the project funding, and with Ann Lewandowski (WRC), led the training program for local conservation staff on use of the LiDAR derived elevation data for conservation applications. Joel Nelson (UM, Soil, Water, and Climate), Ann Johnson (UM, Civil Engineering), and Paul Bolstad, Joseph Knight, and Andrew Jenks (WRS faculty, Forest Resources) along with Sean Vaughn (MN DNR) developed and delivered the training modules. 
More information on the commendation at the  MnGeo webpage