In this issue:

Research council tackles stormwater concerns

The Minnesota Stormwater Research Council formed a couple of years ago to pool resources and fund large-scale applied research projects. With a $1.5 million Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment award — and funds from watersheds and cities — the council is poised to issue spring and fall RFPs.

BWSR tailors technical training to fit certification needs

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is tailoring its Technical Training and Certification Program to fit the needs of conservation workers throughout the state. The effort supports the training partnership among BWSR, the NRCS and SWCDs.

Communication, cooperation revived Crystal Lake projects

More than a decade after initial efforts to stop toxic blue-green algae blooms pitted farmers against city dwellers, Crystal Lake is showing glimmers of progress as a new approach produces new findings and a unified focus.

GIS training: 'More than making a map'

The GIS training 40-plus conservation workers from northern Minnesota took over the winter will help them to focus on locations most likely to improve water quality.