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A backlighted whitish spiny water flea with eggs clearly visible in doral sac.

Stopping the spiny water flea

UMD researchers look for best practices to halt the spread of this destructive species.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
A young girl and an adult engage in an interactive exhibit.

Exhibit celebrates Minnesota’s water

“We Are Water MN” invites visitors to reflect on the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota and add their own stories to the mix.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Loons on a lake.

Boosting biodiversity… and a local economy

A community-driven partnership is laying the groundwork for a new National Loon Center in Crosslake, Minnesota.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
A man wearing waders holds an aquatic plant in his hands as he stands in the shallow waters of Turtle Lake.

Our Lake, Our Legacy: protecting Minnesota’s life at the lake

Lakes are a part of the people of Minnesota’s identity. We all want to protect that. But there are 13 million surface acres of water in Minnesota—and a limited number of paid professionals available to prevent the serious threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS). So U of M faculty members Megan Weber and Dan Larkin are enlisting passionate citizens to protect Minnesota’s waters. Through the innovative AIS Detectors program, volunteers like Stephen Long and Cecilia Riedman are keeping these species from spreading to the pristine waters they call home.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Desariah Santillanez in firefighting gear.

From tragedy to bravery

After watching her childhood home go up in flames, Desariah Santillanez pursued a career in natural resources, fighting fires along the way.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Jennifer Ringold standing in front of a Minneapolis lake and the city's skyline

Parks proud

Helping build on Minneapolis parks’ reputation for excellence is all in a day’s work for Jennifer Ringold.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities