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About Extension Water Resources

Minnesotans have always relied on the state's natural resources for economic growth, sustenance, beauty, and recreation. Recent years have seen growing concerns about our lakes and rivers and maintaining these resources for the future.

University of Minnesota Extension's strategy for addressing water resource issues takes into account diverse views and multiple land uses by drawing on our expertise in agriculture, natural resources, and citizen leadership.

Working with local communities, Extension employs a balanced, research-based, solution-focused approach, providing a trusted source of accurate information. The goal is to coordinate diverse interest groups, engage citizens in watershed planning and education, and provide evaluation expertise and technical expertise in areas of safe drinking water, aquatic invasive species, drainage, water valuation, nutrient management, and program evaluation.

The water resources team produces publications and videos; teaches workshops for citizens, governments, and design professionals; and works side-by-side with local groups on water quality improvement projects.

You will find expertise and collaborative support for watershed and water basin resources, stormwater education, shoreland education, and sewage treatment education for homeowners, communities, and professionals.

Examples of projects we've completed include using waste blast rock from tunnel construction to stabilize the shoreline of Lake Superior, teaching communities how to construct rain gardens, and working with Wadena County to develop a sustainable action plan to address water quality concerns in Stocking Lake.


You can join our efforts to bring scientific solutions to challenges like sustaining biodiversity, meeting energy demands, and fostering effective land use decisions by donating to Extension's environment programs.

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