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Confluence — News for the University's water community

March 22, 2017 Issue 19

What role does water play in your daily life? Your water stories will show the world how water affects your life, community and culture this World Water Day, March 22.

Post your water story to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MyWaterStory or upload your story, here. The Blue Roots Project will highlight the best submissions on its blog.

In the news

Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor releases report on Clean Water Fund outcomes.

University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences (CFANS) Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds. 

Upcoming Events

Shared Water, Shared Responsibility: Engaging Minnesota’s Communities, Students, & Policy-Makers.
March 23, 2017
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, West Bank, Minneapolis.
Sponsored by the Water Resources Students In Action (WRSIA) student group, the Water Resources Center, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology
Browns Summit, NC,
May 31-June 3, 2017.
Early bird registration deadline is March 31, 2017

Last chance to see the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit. Through April 19th the traveling exhibit will be at its last home at the Becker County Historical Society in Detroit Lakes.

National Water Week The Water Sector Unites to Elevate Water as a National Priority


Become an AIS Detector
Join a network of citizen scientists and learn how to identify and report AIS.
As the threat of AIS continues to grow across Minnesota, there is a need for an organized statewide surveillance program that targets high-risk areas with trained observers. In partnership with University of Minnesota Extension, this program will train you to identify and report potential aquatic invasive species such as Starry stonewort and zebra mussels. Registration now open.

DNR River Health & Restoration Workshops.
The MN DNR is offering workshops this summer on the fundamentals of stream science and natural channel design techniques. See website for details on topics, dates, and locations.


WRS Seminar
Microbial Ecology to Manage Processes for Rioremediation
Sebastian Behrens, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo Engineering
March 24, 2017 
Borlaug Hall, Room 375 - St. Paul Campus

WRS Seminar Duluth
Arctic Carbon Cycling
Katie Schreiner, Assistant Professor, Large Lakes Observatory and Department of Chemistry,
March 23, 2017
Research Laboratory Building (RLB), Room 200

SAFL Seminar
Gismos for Stormwater Runoff
Heinz G. Stefan Award Ceremony
Award Recipient: Mirko Musa, PhD Candidate, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
Distinguished Speaker: John Gulliver, Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
SAFL Auditorium

SWAC Lightning Seminars
March 22, 2017
3:30 pm
Borlaug Hall, Room 375

AWRA Webinar: Innovations in Sediment Monitoring
Molly Wood, USGS, Office of Surface Water
March 22, 2017

Climate Connections: Climate + Health brown bag lunch event
March 24, 2017
Rondo Library
Research scientist Brenda Hoppe and planning director Tannie Eshenaur, both with the Minnesota Department of Health,  will speak on the intersection of climate change and health, highlighting how health issues may arise from climate change and how we can work together to build more resilient and healthy communities. Facilitated breakout groups will discuss how to build connections between groups working to address issues of climate and health in the Twin Cities.
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