Minnesota's Clean Water Fund

March 13, 2017

Minnesota’s Clean Water Fund:
Bridging Academic Research, On-Farm Demonstration, and Policy

Presenter: Heidi Peterson, PhD
Research Scientist - Minnesota Department of Agriculture

BBE Seminar Presentation
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 3pm
Cargill Building, Seminar Room 105

This event is free and open to the public.
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Seminar Abstract by Dr. Peterson:
In 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the state constitution. The Amendment increased the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent through 2034. Amendment dollars are dedicated to four separate funds, one of which is the Clean Water Fund; these funds may only be spent to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and to protect groundwater from degradation. The MDA is using Clean Water Fund dollars to support a variety of programs, including agricultural research, technical assistance, and on-farm demonstration. Since 2008, the MDA has funded 33 academic research projects and established over 45 edge-of-field or small watershed demonstration sites. The MDA is communicating results and interpreting data from these projects to provide direct feedback to landowners regarding the influence their land management decisions have on water quality, while providing model validation data and improved conservation practice efficiency information to researchers, watershed managers, and policy makers. This presentation will discuss how state-funded scientific data is helping to shape Minnesota’s Water Quality Framework.

Biography of Dr. Peterson:
Dr. Peterson received her PhD in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Throughout her doctoral and post-doctoral research, Heidi collaborated with managers from Minnesota’s state agencies, where she gained an appreciation of the efforts put forth to implement research results onto the landscape to meet water quality goals. She was hired by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in 2013 as a research scientist in the Clean Water Technical Assistance Unit, within the Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division and serves as a lead technical expert on best management practices (BMPs).

This event is free and open to the public.
Click here to download PDF flyer.