Summer 2021 Community News

stormwater Extension educator, Maggie Karschnia, will be starting on August 16

Aquatic Ecologist Valerie Brady (WRS faculty, NRRI), leader of the NRRI Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program, received 2.33 million of the 10 million dollars of continued funding released by the Environmental Protection Agency in April 2021.  Funding supports research teams that monitor shorelines from Thunder Bay to Green Bay.

stormwater pond

The Water Resources Center received $1.5M in funding to support the Minnesota Stormwater Research and Technology Transfer Program through the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  Funds will be used to support applied research that seeks to prevent, minimize and mitigate the impacts of runoff from the urban landscapes.  Efforts in technology transfer – Extension education, training and outreach are also a critical component of the program.

These resources will be combined with others from the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council that pools financial resources from cities, watersheds, agencies, and private businesses. The Council is critical partner in this program advising on research solicitation and project selection, how research is shared broadly, and engaging stakeholders including practitioners, professionals, policymakers and researchers across Minnesota. 

Sara Heger (WRS faculty, WRC) and OSTP received a MnDRIVE Seed Grant for the project Evaluation of Biochar and Iron-Enhanced Sands in Septic Systems.