Public Policy and Research
Freshwater conducts research and promotes public policy that protects and preserves Minnesota’s water resources, both surface water and groundwater. Our grounding principle is that restoring natural landscapes will have many positive impacts such as:
REDUCING RIVER EROSION
caused by high flows that increase sediment loads and impair habitat
MINIMIZING FARM AND URBAN RUNOFF
flowing to lakes and rivers and keeping chemicals from soaking into the ground and polluting groundwater
and managing pumping and other practices that interfere with water flow
Our published research informs elected officials, state agencies, citizens, and other stakeholders about critical surface and groundwater issues — such as reuse and recharge — to influence public policy and behavior.
Each year we deliver presentations on subjects such as landslides, increased flows, and river restoration to individuals including local government staff, concerned citizens, emergency response managers, water resource professionals. and watershed district staff.