Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

News & Events

Recent News:
4/16/15 Minnpost covers Deb Swackhamer's talk about Minnesota's groundwater future and the agriculture connection at the Minnesota Zoo's World Speaker Series

(2/18/15) Maya Rao of the Minneapolis Star Tribune quotes Deb Swackhamer in her article  A closely watched fight brewing over nitrates in Iowa water

(1/29/15) Deb Swackhamer presented a talk on water quality sustainability at the Minnesota Academy of Science Science Salon program.

(1/7/15) Deborah Swackhamer, former co-director the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center (WRC) and professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and School of Public Health, has been named one of 20 inaugural fellows of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of environmental and toxicology chemists.

SETAC fellows are chosen for their extensive contributions and long-term service to the field of environmental toxicology and chemistry through significant scientific and science policy contributions. The hallmark of a SETAC Fellow is leadership within professional and scientific arenas. Read full article>>

(11/10/14) Building Minnesota’s Capacity for Climate Adaptation conference held on November 6, 2014 at the Minneapolis Hyatt was featured in the November 7 edition of USA Today. Interim WRC director Faye Sleeper is quoted in the article, saying of the urgency of addressing climate change: "It took a long time for enough people to understand that there really was an issue."

(11/25/13) Candidate for Water Resources Center co-director Robert Sterner's Vision for the Water Resources Center, presented at 105 Cargill, St. Paul Campus. Watch the webinar here>>

(11/11/13) MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner attended the Preparing Minnesota for Climate Change: A Conference on Climate Adaptation on November 7, 2013 at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. He blogged about it on the MPR website, Climate Cast: "Minnesota Meltdown" ahead for homeowners insurance?

(8/27/13) WRC co-director Deb Swackhamer was interviewed about bottled water on the Jordana Green show on WCCO radio. Listen to the podcast here>>

(4/23/13) Dr. Joel Scheraga spoke on "Anticipating and Preparing for Climate Change" in 105 Cargill, St. Paul Campus. Dr. Scheraga is the Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation in EPA’s Office of Policy in the Office of the Administrator. He is leading EPA's efforts to develop and implement a Climate Change Adaptation Plan to ensure it can continue to protect human health and the environment even as the climate changes. Watch the webinar here>>

(2/24/13) The Minneapolis Star Tribune article "Minnesota draining its supplies of water" quotes WRC co-director Deb Swackhamer regarding the state's diminishing water supply.

(12/13/12) Shared Waters, Shared Responsibilities Symposium Working across Borders to Protect and Restore Lake Winnipeg and the Red River Basin
The symposium was held on December 13, 2012 at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. 
View the agenda and video excerpts >>

(11/30/12) The citizens group that is suing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the aquifer feeding White Bear Lake has been depleted by excessive pumping of water by nearby fast-growing municipalities. They claim the DNR is to blame because they allowed the pumping. ...This battle could be an important test case of how we balance environmental concerns with commerce. Co-director of the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center, Deborah Swackhamer, joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer to discuss

(11/30/12) In the Minnpost article "Why is White Bear Lake shrinking? Angry residents blame DNR" WRC co-director Deb Swackhamer weighs in on the White Bear Lake Restoration Association's lawsuit against the Minnesota DNR.

(11/2/12) In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we pride ourselves on our water, but experts increasingly believe that water is in desperate need of our help.
"As a Minnesotan you want to be proud of your natural resources and your water resources, but in fact 40 percent of our lakes and rivers are out of compliance with federal standards," said Professor Deb Swackhamer. Read the Kare 11 article and view Project H2O: Threats to our lakes and rivers.

(10/4/12) Otto Doering presented "Looking back to the coming Farm Bill, The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same!" on the St. Paul Campus at the University of Minnesota. Doering is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University where he has teaching, research and engagement responsibilities. He is a public policy specialist and has served the U.S. Department of Agriculture working on the 1977 and 1990 Farm Bills.

(8/20/12) In a new viewpoint article published in a leading scientific journal, Swiss and American scientists express their deep concern about the imminent closure of a unique freshwater research facility in Ontario, Canada. The Experimental Lakes Area is world-class institution for understanding global threats to freshwater lakes, but the Canadian government is cancelling this program next year. 
The viewpoint article was written by internationally-known scientists Dr. Janet Hering, Dr. Deborah Swackhamer, and Dr. William Schlesinger, and published in Environmental Science & Technology.

(5/30/12) WRC co-director Deb Swackhamer points out some of the hazards posed by fracking, in the Nature article "Fracking boom spurs environmental audit." Read the article here.

(4/23/12) An Earth Day Minneapolis Tribune opinion piece by Steve Morse, "On Earth Day, a few snags," mentions the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework as a thoughtful action plan that needs to be implemented by Minnesota legislators.

(4/2/12) "Pentair's acquisition of Tyco's pipe and valve business highlights Minnesota companies'
expertise in water-related technology." Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Neal St. Anthony quotes Deb Swackhamer in his story about Minnesota's place in the business of creating clean water. Read the articlehere.

(3/30/12) Deb Swackhamer is featured in an MPR news story "State setting health standards for emerging contaminants." Read the article and listen to the audio here.

(3/4/12) "Lake advocates pressing for Legacy money to battle zebra mussels." WRC's Deb Swackhamer weighs in on the use of Legacy amendment money to combat invasive species. Read the full Minneapolis Star Tribune article.

(3/2/12) WRC co-director Deb Swackhamer will speak at a seminar at the University of Hawaii on March 14, 2012. Her topic will be “Can Interdisciplinary Centers Work? The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment as Object Lesson." Read more at the Urban Oahu website.

(2/20/12) U of M Water Resources Center to bring LiDAR technology, expertise to natural resource managers throughout Minnesota. News release

(1/17/12) Minnesota will be the nation's first test site for a novel federal program designed to stem the flow of agricultural pollution that is strangling some of the country's great waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. WRC co-director Deb Swackhamer is featured in this Sacramento Bee article.

(1/17/12) Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  visited the University of Minnesota at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, at Coffman Memorial Union. Administrator Jackson  addressed the role of science in decision making protecting our health, and promoting a healthy economy, as well as recent challenges to national environmental laws. 
Watch the event video.