Research and Public Policy

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
  • replenishing groundwater and managing pumping and other practices that interfere with water flow.

RESEARCH

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.

REPORTS/LEGISLATIVE WORK

We conduct research, publish reports, and promote public policy that protects and preserves Minnesota’s water resources, both surface water and groundwater. Check out our publications and reports.

PRESENTATIONS

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.