Minnegram Spring 2022


WRC Director Jeff Peterson chosen as NIWR 2023 President-elect

On March 12, current National Institutes on Water Resources (NIWR ) president Oklahoma Water Resources Center director Kevin Wagner announced that WRC director Jeffrey Peterson had been elected NIWR President-elect for 2023. While Peterson did not pursue the position, he feels that the progress Minnesota has made in protecting water resources through proven research applications.

“I believe my nomination was driven by the general perception in NIWR that the WRC is a leader in addressing water resources issues,” said Peterson.

Researchers explore the application of Biochar and Iron-Enhanced Sands in septic systems

Of the 600,000 subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) processing over 40 billion gallons of wastewater per year in Minnesota, estimates put 25% of these SSTS on or near shoreland. Final treatment of sewage occurs in the soil within the septic system drain field. Researchers are exploring the benefits of Biochar and iron-enhanced sand (IES) in boosting the effectiveness of soil filtration.

Advancing the science of urban stormwater management
Continued efforts of the Water Resources Center and the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council
by John Bilotta

Teams of researchers, practitioners and professionals continue their quest to discover new solutions and develop new methods to help minimize and prevent the impacts of urban stormwater runoff to Minnesota’s lakes, streams, rivers and groundwater.

Can Minnesota support a sustainable aquaculture industry?
New Minnesota Sea Grant market study seeks answers

“Potential food-fish farmers planning to enter the industry are interested in credible data that will help them decide which production strategies and species are best suited for profitability,” said Amy Schrank, project lead and University of Minnesota Sea Grant fisheries and aquaculture extension educator. 


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