A focus on water: from water summit to environmental conference

The Governor's Town Hall Water Summit was held Jan. 27 at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and focused public attention on the serious challenges facing Minnesota's water supplies — in both rural and urban areas of the state — and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges. It will brought together local government leaders, farmers, students, environmentalists, businesses, and a wide variety of other stakeholders. Staff from WCROC, the Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, and Extension collaborated to staff space where participants could learn about the rich offerings and work offered by the University and CFANS.

And a week later, Governor Dayton unveiled a new plan to improve Minnesota water quality during the Fifth Annual Environmental Conference held on the St. Paul Campus. And looking to the future, mark your calendar for Shared Water, Shared Responsibility: Engaging Minnesota’s Communities, Students, & Policy-Makers, March 23, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, West Bank. Organizers are also calling for abstracts for a poster presentation during the Year of Water Action Event with deadline on Feb.15. The event is sponsored by the Water Resources Students In Action (WRSIA) student group, the Water Resources Center, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.