Brezonik, P. University of Minnesota, brezo001@tc.umn.edu
Easter, W. University of Minnesota, weaster@dept.agecon.umn.edu
Gerlach, L. University of Minnesota, gerla001@maroon.tc.umn.edu
Hatch, L. University of Minnesota, hatch013@tc.umn.edu
Mulla, D. University of Minnesota, dmulla@soils.umn.edu
Perry, J. University of Minnesota, jperry@mercury.forestry.umn.edu

 
WATERSHEDS AND AGROECOREGIONS: COMPLIMENTARY LANDSCAPE UNITS IN THE MINNESOTA RIVER BASIN
 
The Minnesota River Basin (MRB) has nearly 90% of its 40,000 square km area under agricultural practices, and the river is one of the most polluted in the country. Significant point-source and non-point source loads of sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, pesticides, and pathogens enter the Mississippi River at the Twin Cities confluence. Our research team of landscape, aquatic, and socio-economic scientists is addressing the spatial and temporal variability of these pollutants in the MRB. As part of our research, we have examined the use of agroecoregions as complimentary units to watersheds for the purpose of understanding water quality issues in the MRB. We will present results on this topic, addressing water quality, aquatic macroinvertebrate indices, habitat/riparian indices, economic targeting of cleanup efforts, and the socio-cultural dynamics of using the intersection of these two managerial frameworks.
 
Day: Monday, Feb. 1
Time: 03:45 - 04:00pm
Location: Hilton of Santa Fe
 
Code: SS47MO0345H