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Water Resources Conference – October 20, 2021

8:15–9:30 a.m.

8:15 – Welcome and Keynote

Dave Ford Award presentation to Mike Trojan

Keynote - Crystal Ng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota

9:30 – Break and Poster Viewing

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Session IV

Moderator: Ron Leaf
Co-Moderator: Ann B.

10:00 – Integrated 1D-2D Modeling for Flood Hazard Delineation
Dustin West, Christopher Reichle, Hazen and Sawyer; MaryLynn Lodor, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati

10:20 – Development of Sustainable Solar Farms through 2D Hydrodynamic Modelling
Mathew Cox, Melissa Duyar, Kimley-Horn and Associates

10:40 – Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design at Large Solar Energy Developments
Roger Clay, Rick Archer, Ulteig Engineers

11:00 – Sauk River 2D Floodplain Analysis
Madison Rogers, Earth Evans, WSB; Salam Murtada, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

11:20 – Open Discussion/Q&A

Moderator: Marcey Westrick
Co-Moderator: Erik Brenna

10:00 – Water Storage Virtual Tour
Kimberly Musser, Minnesota State University, Mankato

10:20 – Water Dynamics of Managed and Unmanaged Agricultural Drainage Ditches
Jeffrey Strock, Andry Ranaivoson, Satoshi Ishii, Hao Wang, University of Minnesota; Anna Baker, Jared Trost, US Geological Survey

10:40 – Seasonal and Annual Nutrient Removal from Agricultural Drainage Ditches using Low-Grade Weirs
Andry Ranaivoson, Jeffrey Strock, Satoshi Ishii, Hao Wang, University of Minnesota; Anna Baker, Jared Trost, US Geological Survey

11:00 – Characterization and Identification of Microbial Communities in Agricultural Drainage Ditches
Hao Wang, Jeffrey Strock, Andry Ranaivoson, Satoshi Ishii, University of Minnesota; Anna Baker, Jared Trost, US Geological Survey

11:20 – Open Discussion/Q&A

Moderator: Greg Wilson
Co-Moderator: Dave Wall

10:00 – Biofiltration Media: What to Choose and Why
Katie Kramarczuk, Andy Erickson, Jessica Kozarek, Laura Lewis, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, the University of Minnesota

10:20 – Water Treatment By-Product used to Enhance Phosphorus Reductions
Joshua Maxwell, Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District; Brandon Barnes, BARR Engineering

10:40 – Stormwater Retrofit Assessments in Smaller Rural Minnesota Communities
Lorin Hatch, Widseth; Shawn Tracy, HR Green

11:00 – Columbia Golf Course BMPs: Multi-Partner Implementation of an Urban Stormwater Project
Erin Hunker, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.; Nancy Stowe, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization; Lisa Goddard, City of Minneapolis

11:20 – Open Discussion/Q&A

Patricia Izek, Patrick Nunnally, University of Minnesota; Wendy Smythe, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Explore the intersecting urgencies of water resource challenges and environmental/social justice. First, you will be introduced to skills on noticing and naming our own biases and developing empathy and active listening skills when we interact with others. Then you will hear examples from peers working to address equity and social justice issues in their water resource work. Finally, in small groups, you will explore action steps to employ in your personal and professional work.

Moderators: Colleen Sullivan, MN DNR; Kaci Fisher, Young Environmental Consulting Group; Emmy Baskerville, Houston Engineering; Nicole Zappetillo, SRF Consulting

This year, we will focus on a wide-variety of wetland-related topics! We will start with some important program updates from BWSR. Then we'll welcome our keynote speaker Scott Millburn, to give us a visually driven presentation about fens. Our next sessions will continue our deep dive into fens. There will be several speakers to discuss site specific projects which demonstrate the complex issues associated with fens. Following these will be presentations on wetland functions, wetland seeds and restoration, and a talk that includes an update on wetland mapping technology. This workshop was developed in coordination with the Minnesota Wetland Professionals Association.

View Wetlands programs schedule

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch, Virtual Networking, and Poster Viewing

1:00–2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session V

Moderator: Emily Ressinger
Co-Moderator: Salam Murtada

1:00 – From Planning to Projects: Addressing a Chronic Urban Flooding Problem
Jennifer Koehler, Barr Engineering; Eric Eckman, City of Golden Valley; Laura Jester, Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

1:20 – Central Draw Overflow Phase V Construction: Making the Final Connection
Erin Hunker, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.; Matt Moore, South Washington Watershed District

1:40 – Morningside Flood Infrastructure Project, Part 1: Engagement and Decision
Jessica Wilson, Ross Bintner, City of Edina; Sarah Stratton, Cory Anderson, Barr Engineering Company

2:00 – Morningside Flood Infrastructure Project, Part 2: Design Challenges Analysis
Ross Bintner, Jessica Wilson, City of Edina; Sarah Stratton, Cory Anderson, Barr Engineering Company

2:20 – Open Discussion/Q&A

Moderator: Jim Stark
Co-Moderator: Kimberly Hill

1:00 – North Browns Lake Watershed and Channel Load Reduction Analysis
Shawn Tracy, HR Green; Greg Berg, Stearns SWCD; Peter Rausch, RESPEC

1:20 – Pre- and Post-Stream Restoration Sediment Monitoring and Modeling of Rice Creek, Minnesota, 2010–2019
Joel Groten, US Geological Survey; Matthew Kocian, Rice Creek Watershed District

1:40 – Natural Channel Design and the Middle Sand Creek Corridor Restoration Project
Ed Matthiesen, Seth Bossert, Stantec; Justine Dauphinais, Jon Janke, Coon Creek Watershed District

2:00 – Willow River Rock Arch Rapids Dam Restoration: A Collaborative Design Approach
Jessica Olson, Barr Engineering; Crystal Payment, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

2:20 – Open Discussion/Q&A

Moderator: Erik Brenna
Co-Moderator: John Woodside

1:00 – Reducing Plastic in Erosion Control
Peter Leete, Minnesota Department Natural Resources; Ken Graeve, Minnesota Department of Transportation

1:20 – Sediment Nutrient Hot Spots in Lakes and Ponds in Minnesota
Anne Wilkinson, Stantec

1:40 – A Tale of Two Models: A Case Study Comparing PTMApp and ACPF
Alicia O'Hare, Wright SWCD

2:00 – Processes for Targeting Water Storage and Treatment
Justin Hanson, Cedar River Watershed District; Sarah Jo Boser, Sauk River Watershed District; Drew Kessler, Jeremiah Jazdzewski, Joe Lewis, Houston Engineering, Inc.

2:20 – Open Discussion/Q&A

Moderator: Jeff Standish, UMN; Sophie Greene, MPCA
Co-Moderator: Stephanie Johnson

Katrina Kessler, Rebecca Higgins, MPCA; Helen Goeden, Minnesota Department of Health; Lawrence Burkhart, EPA Duluth; Andy McCabe, Barr Engineering, Matt Simcik, Madison Bygd, William Longo, Jiwei Zhang, University of Minnesota; Micelle Crimi, Clarkson University, Dr. Gerald Ankley, EPA

“PFAS Across Minnesota,” hosted by MnDRIVE Environment (UMN) and MPCA, will highlight “Minnesota’s PFAS Blueprint.” Session 1 will look at short-term PFAS priorities and challenges related to decision-making with incomplete information. Participants will hear from invited panelists and have ample opportunity to ask questions and explore the Blueprint. Session 2 will focus on treatment and remediation approaches. University and industry experts will share research vignettes and lead working group discussions to identify research gaps.

Moderators: Colleen Sullivan, MN DNR; Kaci Fisher, Young Environmental Consulting Group; Emmy Baskerville, Houston Engineering; Nicole Zappetillo, SRF Consulting

Continued from Concurrent Session IV

2:30–3:00 p.m.

Break and Poster Viewing

3:00–4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session VI

Moderator: Rick Voigt
Co-Moderator: Marcey Westrick

3:00 – Statistical Comparison of the National Water Model Streamflow Guidance with non-USGS Stream Gages on the Cottonwood River in Minnesota
Deborah Nykanen, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Steve Buan, North Central River Forecast Center, NOAA National Weather Service; Craig Schmidt, Minneapolis Weather Forecast Office, NOAA National Weather Service

3:20 – Using the Simplified Stochastic Event Flood Modeling Approach to Support the Risk Informed Decision Making Method to Evaluate Dam Safety
Omid Mohseni, Cory Anderson, Katie Turpin-Nagel, Barr Engineering Co; David Bowles, XXXX; Mel Schaefer, Bruce Baker, MSG Engineers; Tye Parzybok, DTN; Michael Thelen, Consumers Energy Company

3:40 – Downscaling Water Storage: Training Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) model to Downscale Nonlinear Storage-Discharge Relation in Rum River Watershed, MN
Pai-Feng Teng, John Nieber, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

4:00 – Alternatives to Mitigate Flooding in the Landlocked Basin of Lake Barney in Southern Wisconsin
Nick Hayden, Steve Gaffield, Emmons & Olivier Resources (EOR)

4:20 – Open Discussion/Q&A

Moderator: Jeff Peterson

3:00 – Assessment of Pesticides across Three Small Watersheds in Southeast Minnesota
Katie Rassmussen, Matt Ribikawskis, Heather Johnson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

3:20 – Low-Concentration Sulfate Treatment by Chemical Precipitation Technology
Mei Cai, Shashi Rao, Lucinda Johnson, Adrian Hanson, Chan Lan Chun, George Hudak, University of Minnesota Duluth -Natural Resources Research Institute

3:40 – Wastewater Nitrogen Monitoring and Reduction
Marco Graziani, Casey Scott, David Wall, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

4:00 – Biological Sulfate Treatment Coupled with Iron-Based Sulfide Immobilization for Industrial Water
Susma Bhattarai Gautam, Susma Bhattarai, Maxwell Brubaker, Nathan Johnson, Chan Lan Chun, University of Minnesota Duluth - Natural Resources Research Institute

4:20 – Open Discussion/Q&A

Moderator: Will Bartsch

Brian Barry, Bridget Ulrich, NRRI; Kurt Spokas, CFANS/USDA; Sebastion Behens, CEGE; Ed Matthiessen, Wenck; Jim Doten, Minneapolis Health Department

Biochar is a charcoal-like substance that has shown promise as a sustainable filtration material. However, varying biochar production practices have presented challenges in transitioning from laboratory-scale to field-scale. In this special session we will bring together a panel of experts to explore the utility of biochar for water quality applications by considering processes across various scales. Through interactive Q&A and audience surveys, we seek to stimulate discussions between state agencies, researchers, and practitioners.

Moderator: Jeff Standish, UMN and Sophie Greene, MPCA

Co-Moderator: Stephanie Johnson

Continued from Concurrent Session V

Moderators: Colleen Sullivan, MN DNR; Kaci Fisher, Young Environmental Consulting Group; Emmy Baskerville, Houston Engineering; Nicole Zappetillo, SRF Consulting

Continued from Concurrent Session IV