June is a month when many of us in Minnesota are looking forward to enjoying time relaxing, often on, in or by one of our many lakes, rivers and streams. This is also the time of year that we who understand the importance of protecting our water resources for recreational uses and aquatic habitat are awaiting the results of the Legislative session and both policy and budget implications for water resources. This year there are bills that we are watching with particular interest. By the time you read this, we hope to have answers with the special legislative session behind us. If the news out of the special session is disappointing, I know that the water community is resilient and has been through this before. You will all continue to care about and work to protect our water resources.
Here at the Water Resources Center, we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new director, Jeffrey Peterson, Ph.D. in late August. We have been working together already to ensure that he gets out to meet many of you early in his tenure here. Jeff comes to us from Kansas State University with an academic background in agricultural and environmental economics. We look forward to welcoming him as the leader of the Water Resources Center and into the Minnesota water resources community. Look for an interview with Jeff in the fall Minnegram, along with his first Director’s Corner column.
This summer edition of Minnegram highlights some exciting research that our Onsite Sewage Treatment Team has completed in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Civil Engineering and WRS faculty Bill Arnold’s research on herbicides in prairie pothole wetlands, and an interview with this year’s recipient of the Smith Partners Sustainability Fellowship recipient, Water Resources Science student Elizabeth Henley.
Please plan to come to the annual Water Resources Conference October 13 -14, 2015. Information and registration will be on our website (wrc.umn.edu) in mid-July. I always look forward to this annual conference as a way to learn about the latest research and implementation and to reconnect with many of you who I have known for years.
My wish for each of you is that you are able to take time to relax this summer and perhaps enjoy the very water resources that you continue to work hard to protect.