Minnesota Water Resources Conference

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  • Dates: October 15−16, 2019
  • Location: Saint Paul RiverCentre
  • Credits: 0.675 CEUs/6.75 PDHs for each day; to receive full credit participants should attend all scheduled events
  • Connect online: Use hashtag #mnwrc19 on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Immerse yourself in innovative, practical, and applied water resource engineering solutions, management techniques, and current research about Minnesota’s water resources. The Minnesota Water Resources Conference is an opportunity to address:

  • lessons learned from the implementation of engineering projects
  • best practices discovered in the design and application of water resource management techniques
  • implications of water policy decisions
  • research into current and emerging issues.

Sponsored by

and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Minnesota

Cosponsored by

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Section, American Society of Civil Engineers
Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, University of Minnesota
Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota

Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:10 Dave Ford Water Resources Award
8:20 Keynote: Soil: The Birthplace of a Healthy Planet
9:30 Poster and Vendor Refreshment Break
10:00–11:20 Concurrent Sessions (Tracks: Stormwater Innovative Science and Practices, Erosion and Sedimentation, Collaborative Watershed Management and Agricultural Decision Making, Chloride and Bacteria Monitoring and Management, Performance Standards and FQA —> 11:30)
11:20 Pop-up Poster Presentations
11:30 Lunch
12:15–1:00 p.m. Keynote: Water Science Direction and Perspectives of the Water Resources Research Act Program and Water Mission Area
1:15–2:35 Concurrent Sessions (Tracks: Green Infrastructure, Minnesota’s Water Quality Trends and Spatial Changes, Watershed Effects of Farm Scale Land Management, Groundwater: Minnesota’s Unseen Water Source, Wetlands in Landscapes —> 2:45)
2:35 Pop-up Poster Presentations
2:45 Poster and Vendor Refreshment Break
3:15–4:35 Concurrent Sessions (Stormwater Management and Green Infrastructure, Form-ing Fluvial Linkages, Agriculture and Groundwater, Facets of Groundwater, Understanding Wetland Processes —> 4:45)
4:35 Pop-up Poster Presentations
4:45 Reception, Vendor, and Poster Session
Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:10 Keynote: Achieving Clean Water Through Relationship Building: A Social Scientist’s Water Restoration and Protection Strategy
9:30 Poster and Vendor Refreshment Break
10:00–11:20 Concurrent Sessions (Tracks: Protecting Lakes from Harmful Algal Blooms and Aquatic Invasive Species, Nutrient Removal Methods, Advances in Water Monitoring Technology, Watershed Planning and Education)
11:20 Open Discussion
11:30 Lunch
12:15 Keynote: Traditional Ecological Knowledge
1:15–2:35 Concurrent Sessions (Tracks: TMDL Innovations, Innovations in Engineering, Modeling in Multiple Dimensions, Social Assessment and Community Engagement)
2:35 Open Discussion
2:45  Poster and Vendor Refreshment Break
3:15–4:35 Concurrent Sessions (Tracks: Lake Water Quality, Innovations in Engineering II, Climate Vulnerability/Building Resilience, Policy: Water Sustainability and Stormwater)
4:35 Open Discussion



Regular Registration 

Two-day − $300

One-day − $225

Student − $85


The registration fee includes access into all plenary, luncheon, and concurrent sessions, extended sessions, poster sessions, conference materials, lunch and refreshment breaks each day, and the Tuesday evening reception.

Participants may register online, by fax, or by mail for either both days or one day only. Please note: two-day registrations may not be split between two (or more) people.

Online Registration

Use the online registration when registering yourself or multiple people using a credit card. After registering online all registrants will receive “Registration Confirmation” and “Receipt” emails from ccapsconf3@umn.edu (you may want to check your Spam folder if you don’t see these in your email Inbox).

To register, follow the link above. You will be required to set up a University of Minnesota Guest Account to complete your registration. After setting up your guest account, you will be prompted to enter your new account information to log in. Your Internet ID will be the email you used to set up your account. University of Minnesota employees should use their X500 to log-in to the registration system. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email ccapsconf3@umn.edu.


Paper Registration

Use the paper registration form when you are registering yourself or multiple people with a payment method other than a credit card. Paper forms must be returned by fax or mail.


Refunds, minus a $30 fee, will be issued to participants who provide a written cancellation notice by October 2. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund. The University reserves the right to cancel the conference, if necessary, in which case a full refund would be made. Please email ccapsconf3@umn.edu to cancel your registration, or fax a request to 612-624-5359.

Wetlands Special Session

Wetlands in Minnesota’s landscapes provide important functions and values to the public including water quality improvements, floodwater attenuation, wildlife habitat, groundwater recharge, recreational opportunities, and commercial uses, among others. The complex roles of wetlands in the changing landscape continue to be studied and documented. In joining with the Minnesota Water Resources Conference, this special session provides an excellent forum to focus on wetlands subject matter to improve collective wetlands knowledge and increase understanding of how they integrate with water resources management throughout the state.

The special session is organized by the University of Minnesota’s Wetland Delineator Certification Program (WDCP) and the Minnesota Wetland Professionals Association (WPA). The WDCP delivers cutting-edge content featuring the know-how of the region’s top wetland, soil, vegetation, and water experts. The program boasts an award-winning team of faculty and staff and wetland professionals from federal and state Government, many of whom have contributed to benchmark publications including Wetland Delineation Guidance for Minnesota and Wisconsin, Guidance for Onsite Hydrology/Wetland Determinations, Evaluating Antecedent Precipitation Conditions, Guidance Concerning Drainage Setback and Lateral Effect, and Minnesota Wetland Restoration Plant ID Guide, as well as hundreds of state and federally-sponsored wetland research projects and authoritative publications on plants, soils and hydrology. More information on the WDCP can be found here.

The WPA was formed in 1995 to develop and promote the scientific foundation of wetland science, establish education and training opportunities for wetland professionals, and provide a forum to exchange ideas to advance the application of wetland science. Each year, the WPA partners with subject experts to host numerous lectures, field trips, and discussions on topics spanning wetland delineation, ecology, regulation, restoration, field techniques, and more to professionals throughout the state. More information on the WPA, including a consultant directory, may be found here.

This day-long special session is being offered at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference in lieu of the stand-alone Minnesota Wetland Conference that has been held over the past 10 years. As with past Minnesota Wetland Conferences, this special session offers participants WDCP continuing education credits.

Student and Young Professional Information

Networking Reception for Students and Conference First-Timers

Students, first-time conference attendees, and early career professionals are invited to meet at The Liffey in downtown St. Paul on Monday, October 15th, 7:00–8:30 p.m.  Enjoy free appetizers and get to know other attendees before the conference even begins! Conference organizers will be on hand to answer questions that'll ensure the conference is valuable and productive for you.

Water Resources Mentor Program

The Water Resources Mentor Program connects undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to industry and academic professionals to facilitate career exploration and professional development. Students will have the opportunity to network with professionals, explore their field of interest, and enhance their educational experience. Mentors will benefit by staying connected to the academic world and expanding their own professional network.

The Water Resources Mentor Program will be a collaboration with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni Society and the Water Resources Center.  

Location & Accommodations


Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota.


RiverCentre parking ramp, on Kellogg Boulevard across the street from RiverCentre.


Convenient bus service to the RiverCentre is available. Call Metropolitan Transit, 612-373-3333, for specific route information.


College Nannies and Tutors
Jack and Jill Sitting Services
Sitter City

Contact Info

Registration Questions

For Program Questions: Alicia Anderson
612-626-9634 | ccapsconf3@umn.edu

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