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March 29, 2017 Issue 20

Shared Water, Shared Responsibility: Engaging Minnesota’s Communities, Students, & Policy-Makers
University of Minnesota Water Resources Students In Action (WRSIA) hosted a community discussion with key Minnesota policy makers on March 23, 2017. The full list of questions submitted is on the event webpage.
Missed it? Watch the recording


Faye Sleeper is retiring from the Water Resources Center (WRC) on April 14, concluding ten years of service at the University of Minnesota and capping off a career of public sector service. Faye has held various leadership roles in the WRC and Extension. She served as co-Director, Interim Director, and most recently Associate Director of the WRC and Program Leader of the Extension Water Resources Team. Faye also serves as Extension's representative to the Board of Water and Soil Resources and the North Central Regional Water Network. She will be remembered for her capable management of the WRC's training and Extension/outreach programs, for mentoring our staff, and for strengthening our connections to external stakeholders. As interim director, she ensured a smooth transition to a new leadership model, and as Program Leader she has forged a growing partnership between the WRC and the Extension Water Resources Team. Please join me in congratulating Faye on her retirement. -Jeff Peterson, WRC Director

SAFL has selected Director candidates. Learn more about each candidate and watch for announcements of public seminars

Student Interns Advance Conservation Efforts at BWSR
Student interns are an integral part of the work done at BWSR and the opportunities are a win-win for both BWSR and students. Working with BWSR Technical Services staff, student interns have played a key role in furthering the field of conservation while gaining valuable, hands-on experience.

Upcoming Events

Minnesota Day at the National Climate Adaptation Forum
May 9, 2017.
St. Paul, MN
Early registration closes April 2, 2017

Aeration Industries to Host MN Water Technology Export Roundtable: Water Energy Nexus
Learn more about the Water Energy Nexus
April 18, 2017
Aeration Industries, 4100 Peavey Rd, Chaska, MN 55318


NIFA Water for Food Systems Challenge Area
Proposals  due August 2, 2017.
The program will fund projects that help reduce required flows from ground- and surface-waters to benefit agriculture and other human enterprises, as well as other beneficial uses supporting wildlife, fish and pollinator populations.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act: Protecting, Restoring and Enhancing Wetland Habitats for Birds
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Due Date: July 14, 2017
North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching. Wetlands protected by NAWCA provide valuable benefits such as flood control, reducing coastal erosion, improving water and air quality, and recharging ground water.


WRS Seminar
The Greening of our Inland Waters: Feedbacks of eutrophication on lake carbon cycling
Mindy Morales-Williams, Post Doc, College of Biological Sciences
March 31, 2017 
Borlaug Hall, Room 375 - St. Paul Campus

WRS Seminar Duluth
Student Presentations
Rachel Van Allen, MS candidate, will present Coastal wetland carbon cycling: Recent developments and current uncertainties
Kirill Shchapov, PhD candidate, will present Opening the black box of winter: Ice cover and biological productivity in Lake Superior
Kaitlin Reinl, PhD candidate, will present HABs in the Great Lakes and Future Directions for Lake Superior
March 30, 2017
Research Laboratory Building (RLB), Room 200

AEESP Distinguished Lecture
The Global Challenge for Water Supply: Is Seawater Desalination a Sustainable Solution? 
Menachem Elimelech, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University
March 31, 2017
10:10 am
George J. Schroepfer Conference Theater
210 Civil Engineering Building

SAFL Seminar
Using Reduced Complexity Models to Estimate Debris Flow Timing In Post-Wildfire Watersheds
Francis Rengers, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
SAFL Auditorium

SWAC Seminar
Communicating Science
Stacy Nordstrom, Department of Soil, Water, & Climate
April 5, 2017
3:30 pm
Borlaug Hall, Room 375
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