Rural Stream Handbook

Project description

An online publication suitable for printing is being developed titled “Fields to Streams: Managing Water in Rural Landscapes.” It will be a resource to rural landowners, managers, and conservation professionals to assist them in adopting land and water management practices that will moderate excessive stream-flows that are causing high levels of stream-bank, bluff, and ravine erosion. Part 1 of the publication describes the processes that formed Minnesota’s landscapes and continue to form them. Part 2 describes land and water management practices that can be combined to reduce stream degradation and improve water quality.

Project team

  • Ann Lewandowski, UM Water Resources Center
  • Les Everett, UM Water Resources Center
  • Chris Lenhart, UM Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
  • Karen Terry, UM Extension
  • Rick Moore, MSU-Mankato, Water Resources Center
  • Chuck Brandel, I&S Group, Engineer
  • Brenda DeZiel, MPCA


McKnight Foundation

Project duration

April 2014 through October 2015

Reports and publications

Anticipated in fall 2015