Summer 2021 Community News

Maggie Karschnia will be joining the Water Resources Center and Minnesota Sea Grant as an Extension Educator August 16, 2021. Karschnia served the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District as their Water Resources Project Manager. In that role, she managed a range of water projects, created educational materials and outreach programs, created a citizen science program, and worked with a range of stakeholders and partners. Prior to that role, she held positions at the Minnesota Land Trust, MN DNR, and WI DNR. She has a BS in Conservation from UW - River Falls and a MA in Natural Resources and Environmental Education from Hamline University.

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.

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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.  

Just released!  2021 Annual Highlights of the Minnesota Stormwater Research Program

The 2021 Minnesota Stormwater Research Council Highlights is now available. The work by the Center in partnership with the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council completed and underway will provide professionals, practitioners and policymakers such as yourselves, the necessary information to make practice and policy decisions and improvements in stormwater management.  Ultimately, these efforts will prevent, minimize and mitigate the impacts to local lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands and groundwater resources and they can improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of our systems.