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Minnesota Water Conference to Address Planning for Future Water Supply

February 18, 2004

Minnesota’s population is projected to grow to over 6.2 million people by the year 2030, an increase of more than 20 percent. That population will require a safe and adequate water supply, something that many Minnesotans currently take for granted, but which is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure. The University of Minnesota will address this concern at the 9th biennial Minnesota Water Conference, Minnesota Water 2004: Policy and Planning to Ensure Minnesota’s Water Supplies.

The conference will be held March 23–24 at the Radisson Metrodome in Minneapolis. The opening plenary session will include Joan Rose, Michigan State University; Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota; Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota State Demographer; Katharine Hayhoe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Harvey Thorleifson, Director of the Minnesota Geological Survey. Governor Tim Pawlenty has been invited to give a plenary address on his Clean Water Initiative for Minnesota.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, speakers will address potential threats to Minnesota’s water supplies and describe policy, regulatory solutions, and current research. Concurrent sessions will focus on urban stormwater, contaminants including mercury and endocrine disrupters, bacterial source tracking, ecological indicators, biodiversity, and emerging technologies. A poster session and reception will follow the Tuesday afternoon sessions.

Since 1988, Minnesota Water has highlighted critical water issues and research concerning Minnesota’s many water resources. The conference also facilitates interactions among resource managers, researchers, and other water professionals.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center, and co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Sea Grant Program and the Natural Resources Research Institute.

Cost is $145 or $50 for students, $25 late fee after March 9. For more information, contact Tracy Thomas, or call (612) 625-2282.


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