Watershed Professionals Network

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.

Upcoming meetings

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.

Watershed Connections is the new e-newsletter with updates on TMDL projects in the Minnesota, Crow and Lower Mississippi river basins.

  • Monitoring season in review: Wet weather a challenge, several species of concern found
  • 10 small watersheds selected for focused funding program
  • Funding available for SWCDs to implement CREP in Minnesota
  • Use de-icing salt sparingly to protect Minnesota waters
  • Soil health expert to keynote MASWCD convention Dec. 9-11

Published: November 28, 2018

Archived issues are available on the Watershed Connections page.

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.

Watershed Professionals Network meetings generate dialog and discussion.Spring 2015 - Redwood Falls (April 23, 2015)

Fall 2014 - New Ulm (Nov. 18, 2014)

Spring 2014 - Redwood Falls (April 17, 2014)

Fall 2013 - New Ulm (Nov. 19, 2013)

  • 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
    • Agenda
    • Presentations:
      • Freeborn County Ditch Redetermination of Benefits
      • Conservation Drainage – Learning from Stakeholders
      • Minnesota River-Lake Pepin Friendship Tour
  • May 6, 2010, New Ulm
    • Agenda
    • Presentations:
      • Martin County Ditch Initiative
  • April 22, 2009, Redwood Falls
    • Agenda
    • Presentations:
      • Watershed Network Overview