Communication among watershed organization staff enhances efforts to restore and protect water quality. The Watershed Professionals Network is designed to help watershed professional staff share their experiences and learn how to make their outreach efforts more effective. The network provides a monthly e-newsletter and hosts meetings in the spring and fall.
2018 spring meeting
Thursday, April 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mankato Pizza Ranch, 1551 Tullamore St.
- 9:30-9:45 – Welcome - Forrest Peterson, MPCA.
- 9:45-10:15 – From turbidity to TSS, an update on and current status of the Minnesota and Greater Blue Earth rivers TMDLs for TSS - Paul Davis, MPCA.
- 10:25-11:15 – New focus for 319 grants, invitation for pilot projects - Cindy Penny and Greg Johnson, MPCA.
- 11:15-11:45 – Networking and updates: Minnesota River basin sediment reduction strategy, WRAPS/1W1P, Minnesota River Congress.
- 11:45-12:30 – Lunch, Pizza Ranch (at own expense) buffet $10.38 tax/beverage included.
- James Fett, 507-434-2603, Mower SWCD
- Kylene Olson, 320-269-2139x116, Chippewa River Watershed Project
- Forrest Peterson, 320-979-1776, MPCA-Marshall
- Cathy Rofshus, 507-206-2608, MPCA-Rochester
- Diane Sander, 763-682-1933 x112, Crow River Organization of Water
- Jan Voit, 507-793-2462, Heron Lake Watershed District
Fall 2017 - New UIm (Nov. 28)
- Watershed Health Assessment Framework, Beth Knudsen, DNR
- Zonation and One Watershed One Plan, Kristen Carlson, DNR
- Biological monitoring, Tony Dingman, MPCA
Spring 2017 - Redwood Falls (April 20)
- Minnesota River Valley Recreation and Conservation Master Plan; Cathi Fouchi, DNR; Scott Wold, Redwood County
- Lake Shaokatan Restoration; Ellen Albright, Macalester College
- Model My Watershed; Anthony Aufdenkampe, Limnotech
Fall 2016 - Mankato (Nov. 10)
- A One Watershed, One Plan governance strategy, Tim Gieseke, Ag Resource Strategies
- Panel: Water quality professional emeritus’ perspectives: Bob Finley (PCA), Chris Hughes (BWSR)
- ‘A day in the life’ of independent crop consultants: Steve Sodeman
- Updates: Minnesota River Congress, Smithsonian Water/Ways, Governor’s ‘Year of Water’ initiative
Spring 2016 - Redwood Falls (April 21, 2016)
- "Quantifying hydrologic impacts of drainage under corn production systems" – Jeff Strock, U of M Extension.
- Fields to Streams – Managing water in rural landscapes” – Ann Lewandowski, U of M Extension.
- Upper and Lower Sioux Agency project updates – Jolisa Bahr, Jared Wagner, Deb Dirlam.
- Creating a water ethic-discussion and input – Peg Furshong, CURE.
- Updates: News, events, staff, Minnesota River Congress, etc.
Fall 2015 - New Ulm (November 19, 2015)
- Agriculture and water quality research: Paul Meints, Minnesota Corn Growers; Joe Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Growers.
- 1 Watershed-1 Plan perspective: Diane Sander, Crow River Organization of Water; Adam Beilke, BWSR.
- Minnesota River Congress, Scott Sparlin.
- Round robin-watershed updates.
Spring 2015 - Redwood Falls (April 23, 2015)
- Minnesota digital water research library (C. Yeager)
- Watershed health assessment framework (B. Knudsen)
- High Island Creek - Record flood and geomorphic response (J. Lore)
- Minnesota River Council (S. Wohnoutka)
- Perspective on science—physical and social—for water quality (F. Peterson)
- Minnesota River Council (S. Sparlin)
Fall 2014 - New Ulm (Nov. 18, 2014)
- Clean Water Roadmap
- Non-point priority funding plan (BWSR)
- Restorable Wetland Prioritization tool (M. Gernes)
- Wild River Academy (N. Warren)
- Nitrogen fertilizer management plan (A. Felix-Gerth)
- Minnesota River Congress (S. Sparlin)
Spring 2014 - Redwood Falls (April 17, 2014)
- 20140417: Soil health - Impact of tillage, carbon, soil quality and biodiversity (D. Reicosky)
- 20140417: Soil - Does organic matter really matter? (J. Dejong-Hughes)
- Sediment Reduction Strategy for the Minnesota River Basin and the South Metro Mississippi River, MPCA-Larry Gunderson/Paul Davis/Joe Hauger
- 20140417: Ag water quality certification update
- Managing the food-environment paradox discussion, Forrest Peterson
Fall 2013 - New Ulm (Nov. 19, 2013)
- 9:30-9:45 – Welcome, introductions
- 9:45-10:15 – Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program - site analysis demo, Brad Redlin, Dept. of Agriculture.
- 10:15-11:00 – Minnesota River Integrated Watershed Study, Kate Frantz, Environmental Quality Board
- 11:00-11:45 – Gridded Subsurface Surface Hydrologic Analysis (GSSHA) model, Skip Wright, Greg Eggers, DNR.
- 11:45-12:30 – Lunch (Pizza Ranch buffet $8.80 tax/beverage included)
- 12:30-1:15 – Minnesota nutrient reduction strategy, Wayne Anderson, MPCA
- 1:15-2:00 – Nitrogen report, Dave Wall, MPCA
- 2:00-2:45 – Minnesota Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan (Minn. Department of Agriculture), Annie Felix-Gerth, Dept. of Agriculture
- 2:45-3:00 – Round robin-watershed news and updates, wrap-up
- Presentation PowerPoint Slides:
- Shakopee Creek - Gridded Subsurface Surface Hydrologic Analysis (GSSHA) case study report
- Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
- Statewide nutrient reduction strategy
- Nitrogen fertilizer management plan
- Minnesota River Integrated Watershed Study
- Nitrogen report
Conversation during lunch at the spring 2013 Watershed Network meeting in Redwood Falls: Joe Hauger, MPCA-Marshall office, left; and Jennifer Hoffman, Chippewa River Watershed Project.
- April 25, 2013, Redwood Falls — Pizza Ranch, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- 9:30 – 9:45 — Welcome, introductions
- 9:45 – 10:20 — Agricultural BMP Assessment and Tracking Tool, Stephanie Johnson, Houston Engineering
- 10:30 – 11:00 — Prioritizing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Management Areas through the use of LiDAR and GIS, Stephanie Johnson
- 11:00 – 11:45 — Lake Pepin Watershed Full Cost Accounting Project, Brent Dalzell and Steve Polasky, University of Minnesota
- 11:45 – 12:30 — Lunch (Pizza Ranch buffet $8.82 tax/beverage included)
- 12:30 – 1:00 — H2O videos, John Hickman
- 1:00 – 2:30 — Program updates
- Drainage Working Group legislative update, Al Kean, BWSR
- Minnesota River Blueway nomination, Cathi Fouchi, DNR
- Statewide nutrient reduction strategy
- Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, Brad Redlin
- 2:30 – 3:00 — Round robin — watershed news and updates, wrap-up
- Nov. 13, 2012, Redwood Falls — Pizza Ranch, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- 9:45 – 10:00 — Welcome, introductions
- 10:00 – 11:00 — Systematic Conservation Planning and Analysis Tools (10mb) Paul Radomski, DNR
- 11:00 – 11:45 — Heron Lake Watershed District-West Fork Des Moines TMDL implementation project-level III feedlot inventory (7mb) Kiel Tschumperlin
- 11:45 – 12:30 — buffet lunch at Pizza Ranch
- 12:30 – 1:00 — Iron-enhanced sand filtration systems for lake treatment
- 1:00 – 1:30 — Update on civic engagement training cohorts
- 1:30 – 2:00 — Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy
- 2:00 – 3:00 — Round robin-watershed news and updates, topic wrap-up
- April 25, 2012, Redwood Falls — Pizza Ranch, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Proposed topics:
- Civic engagement overview, projects
- Drainage dialogue
- Grant-writing tips, application feedback
- TMDL updates
- Round robin — watershed updates
- Proposed topics:
- Nov. 15, 2011, Redwood Falls – Pizza Ranch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Civic engagement – definition, examples
- Intensive watershed monitoring
- Blue Thumb program
- Shoreland restoration
- Panel: Funding sources
- Round robin – watershed updates
- May 12, 2011, Redwood Falls – Pizza Ranch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Report on watershed worker training April 12-13
- Presentation — Grant Writing Tips
- Discovery Farms update
- "Working Together" documentary
- Round robin-news from watershed organizations
- Nov. 16, 2010, New Ulm
- Freeborn County Ditch Redetermination of Benefits
- Conservation Drainage – Learning from Stakeholders
- Minnesota River-Lake Pepin Friendship Tour
- May 6, 2010, New Ulm
- Martin County Ditch Initiative
- April 22, 2009, Redwood Falls
- Watershed Network Overview