Search, Share, Coordinate

The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library is a user-friendly, searchable inventory of water research relevant to Minnesota, with emphasis on publications from 2000 forward. The Library provides one-stop access to all types of water research, enabling water managers, researchers, engaged citizens and others to easily find, share, and coordinate research to support their efforts to protect, conserve, manage and restore water in Minnesota.

As of the end of 2017, the Library includes over 2,600 diverse research articles and scientific reports. It is expected to grow steadily in quantity and quality as partner organizations begin curating collections of scientific-technical articles in their areas of expertise.

History and Future of the Library

Minnesota has a long history of water research by different agencies and organizations, whose publications are scattered across multiples websites and other media and not easy for water professionals, researchers and citizens to find. The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library was developed to unearth and organize these publications so that decades of relevant research can be fully utilized.

Between 2008 and 2010, Minnesota stakeholders ranging from stormwater managers to agricultural groups, a Clean Water Council work group, and the Clean Water Fund Interagency Research Team, identified the need for a centralized, easy-to-access inventory of current water research to support water protection, restoration, and management activities across the state. The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library was developed to meet this need.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) began scoping and developing the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library in 2011 in consultation with diverse stakeholders. MDA finished developing and began populating the Library with input and assistance from representatives of local, state and federal government, higher education, business and professional associations. We especially thank Advisory Committee members who met with us nine times and provided valuable feedback and assistance between meetings as the Library was being developed and tested. Resources to develop and establish the Library came from Clean Water Fund appropriations to MDA and other MDA funding. 

MDA currently hosts the Library, and a diverse Steering Team oversees its long-term management and growth. MDA is developing partnerships with other agencies and organizations to collect, enter and curate articles on water research topics in which they specialize.