Summer 2018 Director's Corner

joelSince our last Minnegram, April blizzards have transitioned to July sun, and changes continue at the Water Resources Center. As you may have realized, one of those changes is that Jeff is not writing this summer’s note from the director; he and I will be alternating to share the range of activities and work at the WRC. We have good staff news: we added Kari Lamp as our new finance specialist and Ann Lewandowski was the recipient of the CFANS Professional and Academic Award for Research. We are also excited to welcome Anna Cates to the Minnesota Office for Soil Health, a collaboration of the Board of Water and Soil Resources and the WRC. Anna will serve as the State Soil Health Specialist, starting full time in January 2019.

This summer’s Minnegram includes a story by WRS student Alycia Overbo and WRC researcher Sara Heger about their work to evaluate the sources of chloride in Minnesota’s waters. Their results highlight the range of sources that contribute to this challenge and opportunities to address it.

Megan Weber has two stories on the University’s award-winning aquatic invasive species (AIS) programs. The first describes how to get involved in Minnesota’s response to AIS and the second describes how to report new sightings through an app developed by Great Lakes Early Detection Network. In May, Megan, Dan Larkin, and others on the AIS team received three awards from the Association of Natural Resource Professionals for the materials and programs that they have developed as part of the AIS program.

Not all of our news is about recent additions to the staff and work at the WRC. In May, we shared stories about Les Everett, who retired after working with the WRC since 1995. As one final tribute, we are including a story on the results of 19 on-farm trials to evaluate the effects of manure use and cover crops. We will miss Les’s expertise and humor, and we wish him the best in “retirement.”