Highlighting Minnesota Water Resource Center's research and education.

Minnegram is a quarterly publication of the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science, University of Minnesota Extension, the USGS-USDI National Institutes for Water Resources, and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Recent Minnegram News

Analyzing potential public health concern of walleye mercury concentrations triggered by zebra mussel invasion

February 1, 2023

by Denver Link

Minnesota’s state fish is threatened by an aquatic invasive species, potentially inducing public health concern. The beloved walleye holds significant cultural and economic importance in Minnesota, but zebra mussels cause large scale changes that impact the food web. Water Resources Science graduate student Denver Link seeks to understand how zebra mussels impact food sources for walleye populations in Minnesota lakes.

Minnesota springs are getting wetter. What’s at stake for farmers?

February 1, 2023

by Bailey Tangen and Anna Cates

Climate change is projected to change the timing, frequency, and severity of spring precipitation in Minnesota, and farmers might notice those changes first. Increases in number and quantity of rains are expected early in the growing season in southern Minnesota, where acres of corn and soybean dominate the landscape. Besides increasing the risk of water erosion in these fields, erratic rain patterns cause a lot of stress to farmers looking to plant corn and soybeans in May.

Investigating the effects of intensive agricultural irrigation on tribal resources in Central Minnesota

February 1, 2023

by Philip Margarit and Leslie Ludtke

The 1855 Treaty Territory overlaps partially with the Pineland Sands Aquifer System (Pineland Sands) in Central Minnesota. This region is important culturally, ecologically, and economically, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River and numerous trout streams, recreational lakes, and wild rice water bodies important to the Anishinaabe.

A different kind of trek

January 3, 2023

WRS student Nichole Angell’s master’s project looks at aquatic invasive species prevention practices completed by boaters and trained watercraft inspectors.

The problem with water

January 3, 2023

John Bilotta, a research project specialist with the Water Resources Center, leads the Minnesota Stormwater Research and Technology Transfer Program and shares his insights on water pollutants.