Maggie Karschnia

Maggie Karschnia
Professional Title
Minnesota Sea Grant & Water Resources Center Stormwater Extension Educator

What I do for Sea Grant

I serve the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program and Water Resources Center by delivering community programs and services about complex water-management and water-quality issues, specifically related to urban stormwater, community resiliency, and watershed education.

As an extension educator, I will be focused on leading and contributing to research that supports extension programs, education, and outreach related to urban stormwater and community resiliency, including identifying the needs and developing, teaching, and evaluating research-based curriculum. Programs in my portfolio include:

  • The Minnesota Stormwater Research Program
  • The Watershed Game
  • Non-point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)

This position is a collaborative (50/50) appointment between Minnesota Sea Grant and the Water Resources Center.


M.A. - Natural Resources & Environmental Education
Hamline University
B.S. - Conservation
University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Outreach Projects

RSPT's mission is to protect and enhance the region's shared water resources through stormwater pollution prevention by providing coordinated educational programs and technical assistance.

The Watershed Game is an interactive, educational tool for local community leaders and educators that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality

Get Swept up! Clean Sweep Education & Training Program. The Water Resources Center (WRC) and Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) at the University of Minnesota partnered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to develop the Clean Sweep Program. This education and training program is designed to help communities initiate street sweeping programs that will help them meet their water quality goals by targeting their efforts where it counts the most.

Minnesota Sea Grant seeks to help to build the capacity of Duluth Urban Area communities to develop a framework that allows for and promotes the adoption and installation of green infrastructure that can address water-quality impairments and coastal flooding impacts resulting from extreme storm events through review of local codes and ordinances.

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Our March 2023 extension column is by Minnesota Sea Grant and Water Resources Center Extension Educator Maggie Karschnia. We hope it sweeps you away!

Image credit: M. Thoms/MNSG

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