Nett Lake, Boise Fort Indian Reservation.

2018 Research Highlights: Water Resources

        From our ten thousand lakes to the great Mississippi River, water has been a key economic strength throughout Minnesota's history and has helped to shape the state's identity.

2018 highlights include:  

  • A study on Eurasian watermilfoil in Lake Riley found the granular 2,4-d and granular triclopyr chemical treatment used on the lake is 2017 was effective in controlling Eurasian watermilfoil (47 percent in June to 3 percent in September) but that native plants were negatively affected and decreased in both abundance and richness (13 native species in 2016 to 8 species in 2017). 
  • A new startup technology company was founded, Claros Technologies (, to commercialize the sorbents developed for water remediation and wastewater treatment reported on over the last few years.
  • The St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are now using University researcher recommended gate settings for Lock and Dam 8 that stop invasive carp without impacting navigation or erosion in the system.
  • A new collaboration between University researchers and partners in Chile is exploring how antibiotic use in salmon farming affects human health and the environment.
  • A new project exploring the biophysical, socio-cultural and public policy dimensions of manoomin (wild rice) protection is the western Great Lake Region led to two conferences aimed at identifying research agendas and developing responsible and respectful research protocols. Over 50 people attended each of the conferences as well as representatives from 15 different tribal nations, bands and communities.  
  • Researchers developed a novel bioreactor capable of removing both nitrogen and phosphorus while also being accessible for easy maintenance.