The MDA hosted a two-day symposium for all state agency employees involved in managing Minnesota's water resources. Participants had the opportunity to learn and share information about surface water quality models and tools currently used, supported, or funded by state agencies. Models and tools allow agencies to prioritize, target and measure impacts to our water bodies at several different levels.
Speakers provided an overview of these tools, discussed various approaches, provided case studies and possible limitations. Connections were made to the Minnesota Water Management Framework 10 year cycle. The event promoted dialogue, enhanced opportunities for collaboration and developed a broader understanding of current activities. Approximately 150 employees were in attendance in St. Paul and over 100 participated via WebEx.
For additional information on the models and tools discussed and how they fit into the Water Management Framework:
- Minnesota Water Management Framework (PDF)
- Models for Identifying and Quantifying Surface Water Impairments: Framework Steps 1-3 (PDF)
- Models and Tools for Prioritizing Local Implementation: Framework Step 4 and Ongoing Implementation (PDF)
View the presentation videos recorded at the event (February 25 and 26, 2016) below. Each video will open in a new browser tab.
- Minnesota's Water Quality Framework, Chris Klucas, MPCA
- Data and Model Uncertainty, Bruce Wilson, University of Minnesota
- Minnesota's LiDAR and Derived Products: Usage in Clean Water Applications, Sean Vaughn, MNiT@DNR
- Agriculture Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), Mark Tomer and Sarah Porter, USDA/ARS (Ames, IA)
- BATHTUB Model, Use in TMDL Development, Steven Heiskary, MPCA
- Hydrological Simulation Program-Fortran (HSPF), Chuck Regan, MPCA
- HSPF-Scenario Application Manager (SAM), Seth Kenner and Jason Love, RESPEC
- N-BMP and P-BMP Tools, Dave Wall, MPCA
- Prioritize, Target and Measure Application (PTMApp), Chuck Fritz, International Water Institute, Mark Deutschman, HEI, and Henry VanOffelen, DNR
- Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), Jim Almendinger, Science Museum of Minnesota
- Gridded Surface Subsurface Hydrologic Analysis (GSSHA), Jim Solstad, DNR
- Systematic Conservation Planning Using Zonation, Paul Radomski, DNR
- Watershed Health Assessment Framework (WHAF), Beth Knudsen, DNR