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December 1, 2021, Issue 247


Can we turn our cities’ green lakes blue?
Despite a sustained effort to improve urban water quality in Minnesota’s lakes over the past 20 years, we identified 177 nutrient-impaired lakes in or directly abutting Minnesota’s cities in 2018.  Thirty of these lakes are in cities outside the Metro Region. Very few urban lakes once designated as impaired have achieved the status of being “restored”


Soil Management Summit
The Summit emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. Hear from long-time no-till, reduced tillage, and cover crop farmers as they share their experiences, so you can be spared the same hard-learned lessons.
Mayo Clinic Event Center and online
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN
December 14-15, 2021


Aquatic Research & Education
The PADI Foundation encourages and supports research and education related to aquatic environments.
Deadline: December 15, 2021

New Research Funding Opportunity Water Quality Benefits Request for Applications 
Focus: national level studies and/or valuation for underrepresented water body types and regions, improvements to water quality indices, and environmental justice valuation
Deadline: January 26, 2022

Lake Conservation Grant Program
Funding supports a  wide range of aquatic conservation projects that benefit imperiled, endangered, and recreational fish species and their habitats.
Deadline: February 18, 2022


2022 Iowa Water Conference Call for Posters
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for a scholarship that will cover the cost of attendance to the conference
Deadline: January 24, 2022

Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics
Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or offices.
Deadline: February 24, 2022

Editorial Assistant position with Open Rivers
Graduate student opportunity
Deadline: December 10, 2021


WRS Seminar Series - Twin Cities
The Changing Nature of Cities: a New Urban Long-Term Ecological Research Program in the Twin Cities
Sarah Hobbie, EEB, University of Minnesota
December 3, 2021
375 Borlaug 

Conservation Sciences Seminar
A look at salinization of freshwater environments. How, why, and where salinization is occurring, and what we can do to curtail current trends
HIlary Dugan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
December 3, 2021

Knauss Fellowship Webinar
December 8, 2021

New Research Funding Opportunity Water Quality Benefits Webinar
December 15, 2021


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