Minnegram Winter 2021
Virtual Minnesota Water Resources Conference serves up solid science, outcomes
Like many events in 2020, the Minnesota Water Resources Conference went virtual and drew one of the largest group of participants in its history, with over 800 water resource professionals. The conference featured keynote speakers, concurrent sessions and a live virtual poster session using a new online platform called Slack. 85% of participants indicated they would recommend the conference to colleagues. Going virtual had some added advantages. Concurrent presentations and posters were available to conference participants – which allowed easy access to the many important topics and issues facing Minnesota water resources.
Climate Adaptation Conference addresses challenges of justice in climate mitigation plan
Leah Prussia (Associate Professor, Social Work, College of St. Scholastica) led the attendees into their arrival to the virtual Climate Adaptation conference January 20, 2021. She invited all to think about who we are in relationship to the land versus who we are as individuals. People are all indigenous to somewhere; at one time we all moved through the world with care and concern. In the past, we were driven to be good ancestors, considering the “swimmers, fliers and crawlers” as well as humans.
Groundwater education with Extension
by Anne Nelson
Groundwater and drinking water issues are being brought to our attention more and more every year in Minnesota. Everything from health issues to limited supply and treatment costs are making headlines. In 2018 a workgroup made up of representatives from several state agencies and the University of Minnesota, started a project to create an educational course for local government and natural resource managers focused on the basics of groundwater. After surveying the audience and much background work, the development of the information and materials started in 2019 and was completed as an online, self-paced course.
Addressing water quality and community resilience to flooding simultaneously - A new Coast Model of the Watershed Game
by John Bilotta
The Watershed Game Coast Model is a recent adaptation of the original versions of the widely-used education and training tool. The new model is intended to be used with coastal communities and focus on reducing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in coastal waters while enhancing community resilience to flooding.
University of Minnesota Extension Adds Expertise in Watershed Education and Outreach
Reprinted from the North Central Region Network
Extension Educator Taylor Becker focuses on informed decision-making to reduce nitrate leaching
by Taylor Becker
My position is the result of a partnership between the University of Minnesota WRC and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) as part of the Groundwater Protection Rule. My primary role is to serve as an advisor to landowners and farmers that occupy areas of the central region of the state that have elevated nitrate levels in public drinking water supplies.