Every day, Minnesotans make decisions that influence our state's 11,842 lakes, 6,564 natural rivers, and 18.6 million acres of wetland. Managing Minnesota's water is critical to our quality of life, cultural identity, and economic vitality. Our waters are threatened by inadequate wastewater treatment, chemicals, invasive species, soil erosion, and deveopment pressures. University of Minnesota Extension uses a watershed approach that integrates the natural and social sciences (economics, evaluation, engagement, etc.) to help Minnesotans make informed decisions on water quality.
Working on issues like agriculture water quality, aquaculture, biodiversity, supply, habitat, and recreation, University of Minnesota researchers and Extension educators discover scientific answers to questions about protecting and improving water resources – helping homeowners, farmers, local decision-makers, construction managers, and landscape professionals address the challenges they face. Read about some of our results (625 K PDF).
You can join our efforts to bring scientific solutions to challenges like sustaining biodiversity, meeting energy demands, and fostering effective land use decisions by donating to Extension's environment programs.