Water Storage Forum

 

MINNESOTA RIVER BASIN WATER STORAGE FORUM

When: Thursday, April 4th, 2019

10 AM – 3:30 PM

Where: Kato Ballroom, 200 Chestnut St, Mankato, MN 56001

OVERVIEW


The Minnesota River Basin Water Storage Forum will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato, MN from 10AM to 3:30PM. The goal of the forum is for conservation partners and citizens to learn together about water storage and the diversity of water storage solutions to slow the flow of water to the Minnesota River. Research shows the long-term solution to improve Minnesota River water quality is to reduce peak flows and store more water on the landscape. This can take many forms from improved soil health and multi-purpose drainage management, to upland impoundments and urban rain gardens. The morning will include an overview of Minnesota's climatic trends, the latest research about water storage, and an overview of the diversity of water storage techniques. The afternoon will highlight water storage case studies, learning from local examples across the river basin. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

 

REGISTRATION

The registration fee is $40 online (closes Monday April 1st) or $50 at the door and includes lunch. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Student registrants email Emma Young directly.

REGISTER HERE

 

 

AGENDA

 

9:30 AM

Registration Opens

 

10:00 AM

Why Storage Matters

Don & Becky Waskosky

Le Sueur River Watershed Network Leaders

10:20 AM

Minnesota’s Climatic Trends

Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld,
Senior Climatologist,

Minnesota State Climate Office

11:00 AM

Hydrology, geomorphology,
and the need for water storage

Dr. Karen Gran
Associate Professor,
University of Minnesota - Duluth

11:40 AM

Diversity of water storage approaches

Al Kean,

Chief Engineer, BWSR

12:30 PM

Lunch

 

1:30 PM

Multipurpose Drainage Management
Faribault County

Merissa Lore & Dustin Anderson,

Faribault County

2:00 PM

Area II Floodwater Retention: History, Approach, and Challenges

Kerry Netzke
Executive Director,
Area II MN River Basin Projects

2:30 PM

Cedar River Watershed District:
Strategic and targeted storage areas to improve water quality and reduce downstream flooding/damages

Cody Fox
Cedar River Watershed District

3:00 PM

Water Storage and Soil Health

Jennifer Hahn

Redwood SWCD, MN Soil Health Coalition Coordinator

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Emma Young, MN GreenCorps, Water Resources Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato
emma.young@mnsu.edu; 507-389-1218

Kimberly Musser, Water Resources Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato 
Kimberly.Musser@mnsu.edu; 507-389-5307

 


THANK YOU

Many thanks to the speakers, steering committee, and project collaborators for making this event possible. Minnesota GreenCorps member Emma Young developed and spearheaded this event. Funding was provided in part by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENTRF) as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

Eileen Campbell.................................................................... Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Mark Dittich.......................................................................... Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Matt Drewitz........................................................................... Board of Water and Soil Resources

Daniel Girolamo.......................................................Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Dr. Bryce Hoppie......................... Minnesota State University – Mankato, Department of Geology

Dr. Carrie Jennings........................................................................................... Freshwater Society

Al Kean………………...…....................................................... Board of Water and Soil Resources

Rylee Main……………...….................................................................. Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance

Scott Sparlin…………..…....…..................................................Minnesota River Congress, CCMR

Ted Suss………………..................... Minnesota River Congress, Friends of the Minnesota Valley

Henry Van Offlen…………...................................................... Board of Water and Soil Resources

Don Waskosky…………......................................................... Le Sueur River Watershed Network