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About the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library

About the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library

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. From a base of over one thousand peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles, the Library 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, with publications scattered across multiples websites and other media not readily accessible by water professionals, researchers and citizens. 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, readily accessible 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. See the Partners page for more information about the Steering Team and other Library partners.

Library Website Policies, Terms of Use and Disclaimers


Inclusion of publications or other media in the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library (MNWRL) does not imply endorsement by Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) or MNWRL partner organizations. The views expressed in publications in or accessed via Library are not necessarily the views of MDA or MNWRL partner organizations. MDA and MNWRL partner organizations do not recommend or endorse commercial services or products; any use of trade, product, corporation or firm names on or accessed through the MNWRL website is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by MDA or MNWRL partner organizations. Links on the MNWRL website that lead to other websites do not constitute an express or implied relationship with, or endorsement or approval of, any organization, company, product, service or website.

Offsite Links

Links on the MNWRL website that lead to other websites are provided solely for the convenience of MNWRL users to provide additional information we believe most users will find useful and valuable. MDA in its sole discretion will determine on a case-by-case basis whether an external link is appropriate for these informational purposes. In order to maintain the integrity and usability of the MNWRL website, MDA retains the right to reject, remove, or edit any link to an external website at any time without notice. MDA and MNWRL partner organizations have no control over and are not responsible for the availability or content of external sites accessed via the MNWRL website. Once you leave the MNWRL website, MNWRL website policies no longer apply.


MDA and MNWRL partner organizations are committed to making the MNWRL website accessible to everyone. As part of that commitment, we have made every effort to adhere to State of Minnesota Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility guidelines in developing the MNWRL website. We also make every effort to adhere to these guidelines as we continue to add new material to the Library.

As a gateway to Minnesota water research we provide access to literature from many different organizations, including a large number of downloadable PDF files – i.e., documents in Adobe® Acrobat® Portable Document Format. PDF files can only be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader™ version 4.0 or higher. You can download and get help using Acrobat Reader on the Adobe Systems, Inc. website at no charge.

PDF files created after October 1, 2010 should be accessible via screen readers and/or other accessibility tools. Many PDFs on the MNWRL website are older than that and some of these older PDFs may be inaccessible via screen readers. Users may use Adobe online tools to convert PDF files to HTML, consult one of the accessibility information websites listed below, or Contact Us to request documents in an alternative format. To get the Adobe accessibility plug-in or latest news about Adobe's accessibility tools and services, visit the Access Adobe site.

The MNWRL website also provides many links to publications and webpages on external websites (see Links and information about Offsite File links under Navigating Search Results on the Search Tips Page). We have no control over the accessibility of content on these external websites.


MDA and MNWRL partner organizations assume no legal responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or utility of the information in records and documents on or accessed through the MNWRL website. Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, shall MDA or partner organizations be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, including but not limited to loss of data or profit arising out of the use if or inability to use materials on the MNWRL website or any external websites accessed via the MNWRL website.


Personal data provided to MDA through the MNWRL website will be handled in accordance with MDA's Online Privacy Practices. In order to evaluate MNWRL usage we will collect and store non-personal information such as the date and time you access our site, the domain from which you access the Internet, the Internet address of the web site from which you linked to our site; and the information you view while visiting our web site. In order to respond to your requests, we may also collect personal information such as a home phone number, or personal email address that you provide via email or an online form on the MNWRL website (such as Suggest Content page or the Contact Us page). MDA will protect the collected information pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA).

Establishing a Link to the Library Website

Establishing a link to the MNWRL homepage is encouraged under the following terms:

  • Refer to the site by its full name, Minnesota Water Research Digital Library
  • Link directly to the homepage using the following URL www.mn.gov/water-research-library.
  • The link should be a full-forward link that passes the client browser to the MNWRL site unencumbered.
  • Please include the following tagline or description: “The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library is a growing, searchable inventory of current Minnesota-focused scientific-technical publications on all types of water research topics, including both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed literature.”
  • You may not create frames around MNWRL webpages or use other techniques that alter in any way the visual presentation or appearance of pages on the MNWRL web site.
  • You may not imply that MDA or MNWRL partner organizations endorse your products or services.
  • You may not portray any subject or person in a false or misleading light.
  • MDA reserves the right to change, rename, move or delete any page in the MNWRL website at any time without notice.

Copyright Permissions

MNWRL users are responsible for obtaining any legally required permissions from individual copyright holders to reproduce any copyrighted material in documents viewed on or downloaded from the MNWRL website beyond what is allowed by fair use as defined in publication copyright laws.

Other Terms of Use

Unauthorized attempts to upload or modify information or documents on the MNWRL website are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under applicable federal and/or state law. MNWRL users are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from the MNWRL website any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material, or any other material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under the law.

Acceptance of Terms of Use, Policies and Disclaimers

By accessing, browsing and/or using the MNWRL website you acknowledge that you understand and agree to be bound by all of the above terms of use, policies and disclaimers and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. The MNWRL website is controlled and operated by MDA from its offices within the United States. MDA makes no representation that materials in the MNWRL website are appropriate or available for use in other locations and access to the MNWRL website from territories where its content is illegal is prohibited. If you access the MNWRL site from other locations, you do at on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. Any claim relating to, and the use of, the MNWRL website and materials contained herein is governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota. MDA may revise these terms of use, policies and disclaimers at any time by updating this posting. By using this site, you agree to be bound by any such revisions.

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