Spring 2017 Director's Corner

jeffWRC Director Jeff Peterson

We’re pleased to bring you the new Minnegram, a product of growing partnership between the Water Resources Center (WRC) and the Extension Water Resources Team (WRT). As in past Minnegram issues, content will include news about the WRC and its surrounding faculty-student community. This and all future issues will also contain feature articles previously found in the WRT’s Shore to Shore newsletter: evidence-based and how-to articles by Extension educators and their expert collaborators. Our upgraded newsletter brings together two audiences with common interests and takes advantage of operational efficiencies of the WRC-WRT partnership. Minnegram arrives in your inbox quarterly and is archived online.

To welcome and orient previous readers of Shore to Shore, we have included a brief article about the history of Minnegram (spoiler alert: the name borrows from two languages and loosely translates to “water bulletin”).  If you are unfamiliar with the WRC, it is a joint unit of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension, and is also one of 54 entities comprising the National Institutes for Water Resources. More about us, of course, can be found on the WRC website.  

For past readers of Minnegram who might be unfamiliar with the WRT and Extension’s work on water resources, we are pleased to include a guest column by Associate Dean Michael Schmitt about Extension's’ role and the partnership with the WRC. And if you visit the WRT website you can learn even more about the educators on the team and the materials they have produced for shoreland property owners, recreationists, conservation and water resource professionals, farmers, and others.

On a final note, I’d like to dedicate this issue of the Minnegram to my colleague Faye Sleeper. Faye is retiring this month from her current position as WRC associate director and program leader of the WRT. Forging the WRC-WRT partnership is only one of the most recent impacts Faye has made in her ten years working for the WRC and Extension. I’ll be grateful for that among a long list of contributions she made here, a brief summary of which is provided in our Community News section. Chris Hansen, Minnegram editor, recently sat down for an interview with Faye to reflect on her career of public service. You can look forward to seeing an article about that conversation in our summer issue.

I hope your spring is enjoyable and is enriched by some of Minnesota’s unique water resources.

jeff