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State of Water Conference set for May 1 and 2

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension news media and public relations manager, office 612-626-4077,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (3/31/2014)—"The State of Water: Minnesotans Protecting Our Lakes and Rivers" will be May 1 and 2 at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd.

The conference is designed to offer attendees the latest updates and information on challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota's waters. It will bring together a host of speakers, including representatives of state agencies and leading experts on varying topics. The event offers a five-track series of workshops and breakout sessions designed to cover a wide range of significant issues:

  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Restoring aquatic habitat
  • Watersheds
  • Local impact and how to achieve goals and
  • Groundwater, nutrient management and run-off

"With 35 different workshops and breakout sessions, as well as dynamic speakers, this conference offers a great deal to anyone who cares about Minnesota waters. Lake association members, naturalists, citizen scientists, local decision makers and citizens concerned about the future of our lakes and rivers all will benefit from this informative event," said Karen Terry, University of Minnesota Extension educator, water resource management and policy.

The first day's keynote speaker is author and conservation activist Darby Nelson, an aquatic biologist and three-term member of the Minnesota Legislature. On the second day, attendees will hear from a panel composed of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine, Department of Natural Resources Assistant Commissioner Barb Naramore and Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Executive Director John Jaschke.

For more information or to register, visit . The conference costs $155, with lower rates for one-day attendees. Registration closes on April 18. Follow the conference and learn more on Facebook at

The conference is collaboratively planned and hosted by Conservation Minnesota, Freshwater Society, University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Conference sponsors include Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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