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March 8, 2017 Issue 17

Shared Water, Shared Responsibility: Engaging Minnesota’s Communities, Students, Policy-Makers

University of Minnesota Water Resources Students In Action (WRSIA) will host a community discussion with key Minnesota policy makers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Co-sponsored by the University's Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and the University's Water Resources Center, the event will address challenges facing clean water and explore how Minnesotans from all walks of life can play a role in promoting sustainable practices.

Inspired by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s Year of Water Action, the event will include a reception and poster session on water research, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with policy experts.

Registration Deadline March 15, 2017


NC SARE Professional Development Grant Program
Professional Development Program (PDP) competitive grants emphasize training agricultural educators in extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, private, and not-for-profit sectors, using farmers as educators and addressing emerging issues in the farm community.
Proposals are due April 5, 2017.

NC SARE Graduate Student Grant Program
NCR-SARE’s Graduate Student Grant Program is a competitive grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. A candidate may only receive one NCR-SARE Graduate Student award during her or his graduate student career.
Proposals are due April 13, 2017.

Minnesota Water Resources Conference
Call for Abstracts
The Minnesota Water Resources Conference presents innovative, practical, and applied water resource engineering solutions, management techniques, and current research about Minnesota’s water resources. The conference will be accepting abstracts for 20-minute oral presentations, posters, and special sessions. 
Abstract submittal deadline May 5, 2017

International Conference: Cutting-Edge Solutions to Wicked Water Problems
Tel Aviv
September 2017
Jointly organized by the American Water Resources Association and the Water Research Center at Tel Aviv University, the conference will bring together water professionals from the U.S., Israel, and around the world to share their water research and solutions.
Abstract submissions due April 17, 2017.

Upcoming Events

Grad Students and Postdocs:
The Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health is hosting a discussion on science and policy with senatorial staffers for MN Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken.
Friday March 10, 2017
105 Cargill
Bring your questions or submit them to ahead of time. RSVP here.

USDA NRCS Webinar 
Cheap and Cheerful Stream and Riparian Restoration: Beaver Dam Analogues as a Low-cost Tool
Mar 22, 2017


EPA Watershed Academy Webcast on the new tool “Model My Watershed”
12:00-2:00 pm 
March 9, 2017  “Model My Watershed” is a user friendly, online watershed modeling application that allows users to learn how land use and soil together determine whether rainfall infiltrates into the soil, runs off into streams, or is evaporated and transpired by plants. This web tool is intended to provide an easy-to-use professional-grade modeling package to inform land-use decisions, support conservation practices, and enhance watershed education.
Register for this webcast.

WRS Seminar
Runoff Risk Decision Tool for Nutrient Applications
Dustin Goering, Hydrologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
March 10, 2017 
375 Borlaug Hall

Conservation Science seminar
Collaborative efforts between Minnesota DNR and Tribal fisheries agencies  
Patrick Schmalz, Minnesota DNR: Fish Research Supervisor
March 10, 2017
335 Borlaug Hall

SWAC Seminar
North Central United States: Climate, Runoff, and Flooding 
Karen Ryberg  |  USGS, Bismarck, ND
March 8, 2017
3:30 pm
375 Borlaug Hall

Risk-based management for bigheaded carps: a workshop from MAISRC.
8:00-4:30 pm
March 15, 2017

William E. Larson and Raymond R. Allmaras Lecture: Emerging Issues in Soil and Water Lecture
Sources of Sediments and Phosphorus to Lake Winnipeg: Matching Causes with Cures  
David Lobb and Don Flaten, University of Manitoba
2:00 - 4:00 pm
April 21,2017
335 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul Campus


A Manual for Water Resource Protection: "Inspiring Action for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control" is a new book authored by Paul Nelson (Scott County), Mae A. Davenport (University of Minnesota), and Troy Kuphal (Scott SWCD)
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