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September 1, 2021 Issue 235


Free classes teach homeowners the value of maintaining septic systems, well testing
The Onsite Sewage Treatment Program (OSTP) teamed up with instructors from the Minnesota Department of Health and U of M Extension, offering workshops to SSTS Professionals and private well/septic system owners. 

People and projects

Greener farms of the future
“Soil is the world’s largest reservoir of carbon, much larger than the ‘pool’ of carbon in the atmosphere,” says Anna Cates, soil health specialist with the Minnesota Office for Soil Health—a collaboration of BWSR and the WRC. “[Industrial] agricultural practices have caused us to lose a lot of nutrients, especially carbon. We’re in a deficit; a lot of the carbon that was in the soil is now in the atmosphere.”


Collaborative Drought Planning Using Scenario Exercises
This new website created by the North Central Region Water Network provides information and tools to help plan drought scenario-based exercises — structured, interactive activities designed for engaging decision-makers, stakeholders, planners, and emergency managers in the process of planning and managing mitigation and response activities for a hypothetical drought.


Call for Abstracts 
Algal Bloom Action Team is seeking science-based presentation abstracts that address harmful algal blooms in the North Central Region.
Deadline extended: September 10, 2021


Establishing Seasonal Targets for Receiving Waters: Rethinking Wet Weather versus Dry Weather Expectations
Deadline: September 28, 2021

Development of Innovative Predictive Control Strategies for Nutrient Removal
Deadline: September 28, 2021

FY2022 Weather Program Office Research Programs
The funded projects should improve the weather community’s understanding and ultimately its services of weather and water forecasting.
Deadline: November 17, 2021


Lake Conservation Webinar Series: The forgotten seasons: non-summer algal dynamics
Are hot spots and hot moments in cyanotoxin production happening in the cold?
September 7, 2021


WRC staff are working remotely due to COVID-19.

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