Water Resources Conference Program Highlights

2019 Program Highlights

Understanding and Reversing the Trends of Chloride in Minnesota’s Waters

Tuesday, October 15

Chloride in urban shallow groundwater and lakes is increasing, while lake and stream impairments face persistent problems from water softening and road salt usage. This session will illustrate the scale of the problem, provide trends for various types of water bodies, analyze chloride loadings from each source, discuss implications of stormwater infiltration on chloride in groundwater, and suggest appropriate guidance to adjust our approach to water softening, salt use and stormwater management.

Wetlands Workshop: Global Perspectives, Local Examples (3 Parts)

Wednesday, October 16

This workshop will build collective wetlands knowledge and increase understanding of how wetlands integrate with water resources management throughout the state. Each session at this workshop will include two presentations: a 60-minute overview of issues related to wetlands at the global, regional, and local scale, and a 20-minute presentation that provides specific examples of the issues raised immediately before. This workshop was developed in coordination with the Minnesota Wetlands Professionals Association.

Understanding and Predicting Bluegreen Algal Blooms in Minnesota Lakes (2 Parts)

Wednesday, October 16

Do you want to know what Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are? Or how they will impact your water resources, economies, and health? Or maybe even bring a water sample to test for HABs? Then come to the 2019 HAB special session to hear and learn from the experts in the field about the research, projects, and outreach across the state, region, and country. Including the most recent tools in identifying, detecting, and managing HABs.

Promoting Successful River, Stream, and Floodplain Restorations (2 Parts)

Wednesday, October 16

The Minnesota Legacy Fund Restoration Evaluation Program promotes successful practices to improve restorations by evaluating projects relative to the law, current science, and stated project goals.

Part 1 of this session will cover recommendations that have emerged from evaluations of 40 river, stream, and floodplain restoration projects across the state as well as current research and professional experience from the Legacy Fund Restoration Evaluation Panel technical experts.

Part 2 of the “Promoting Successful River, Stream, and Floodplain Restorations” session will include a panel discussion and evaluation of case studies presented by project partners that highlight successful projects, as well as challenges and opportunities for the future of river, stream, and floodplain restorations.

Physical Setting of Non-Ferrous Mining Areas Near the BWCAW

Wednesday, October 16

There has been a continued interest in non-ferrous mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An informed discussion requires understanding of the context of the area, including its: bedrock geology, quaternary geology, hydrology, flow patterns, water quality, and existing development. An assembled panel provide information and briefly answer questions.

Sand Creek Outcomes: The Result of Hard Work, Good Timing, or Just Plain Dumb Luck?

Wednesday, October 16

In 2010, the Scott Watershed Management Organization finished studies addressing surface water quality issues in the Sand Creek Watershed. Millions of dollars have been spent since and we are seeing some interesting outcomes. This session will have professionals that worked on the studies or implementation discuss the outcomes and whether they are the result of hard work, good timing, or dumb luck, but we'll rely on you, the audience, to determine which applies best.

Leveraging the Arts and Storytelling to Advance Awareness of Water Resources Issues

Wednesday, October 16

Stretch your professional skills in this experiential and PowerPoint-free special session. Led by the artists and storytellers of Water Bar & Public Studio, this session will explore how the use of arts and cultural storytelling strategies in water resources outreach can help to create lasting awareness and positive action. Attendees will gain greater understanding and skills in facilitating art and storytelling by listening and engaging with the MN arts community.