UMN Water Resource Center Newsletter

Minnegram welcomes Shore to Shore readers.
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the combined newsletter of Shore to Shore and Minnegram. The integrated quarterly newsletter is emblematic of the partnership between the Water Resources Center and the Extension Water Team. Both are committed to sound water research and programing to educate Minnesota citizens about their water resources. Shore to Shore and Minnegram are key components in communication of the work of Extension, the WRC and the Water Resources Science graduate program.

Citizen involvement makes Otter Tail River watershed a better place
By Karen Terry, UMN Extension Water Team

There are a lot of cool things happening in the Otter Tail River Watershed: state and local entities are in the early stages of the developing the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS), the Otter Tail River Watershed Civic Engagement Cohort is wrapping up, and the inaugural Aqua Chautauqua will take place this summer.

The East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District is serving as the project manager for this WRAPS, a 10-year process that is happening all over the state. It begins with intensive biological surveying and data collection throughout the watershed, including fish, invertebrates, and water quality.

2017 NIWR grant awardees showcase diversity of water research

The USGS-funded NIWR 2017 grant competition yielded three project awardees, announced earlier this year. Funding is available to researchers through WRC’s selection process, which chooses from submitted competent applied and peer reviewed research submissions each November. This year’s grants highlight methods to mitigate nitrogen and phosphorus from drain tile, open source monitoring of turbidity in surface water and test the efficacy of buffer strips in deterring the export of organic matter and the resulting algal blooms.

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