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                               MN SEA GRANT
                                    AND
                          WATER RESOURCES CENTER
                               NEWS RELEASE

2/18/04
CONTACT: Marie Zhuikov, (218) 726-7677 or mzhuikov@umn.edu

Minnesota Water Conference to Address Planning for Future Water Supply

Minnesota's population is projected to grow to over 6.2 million people
by the year 2030, an increase of more than 20 percent.  That population
will require a safe and adequate water supply, something that many
Minnesotans currently take for granted, but which is becoming
increasingly difficult to ensure. The University of Minnesota will
address this concern at the 9th biennial Minnesota Water Conference,
Minnesota Water 2004: Policy and Planning to Ensure Minnesota's Water
Supplies.

The conference will be held March 23-24 at the Radisson Metrodome in
Minneapolis.  The opening plenary session will include Joan Rose,
Michigan State University; Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center
for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of
Minnesota; Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota State Demographer; Katharine Hayhoe,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Harvey Thorleifson,
Director of the Minnesota Geological Survey.  Governor Tim Pawlenty has
been invited to give a plenary address on his Clean Water Initiative
for Minnesota.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, speakers will address potential
threats to Minnesota's water supplies and describe policy, regulatory
solutions, and current research. Concurrent sessions will focus on
urban stormwater, contaminants including mercury and endocrine
disrupters, bacterial source tracking, ecological indicators,
biodiversity, and emerging technologies. A poster session and reception
will follow the Tuesday afternoon sessions.

Since 1988, Minnesota Water has highlighted critical water issues and
research concerning Minnesota's many water resources.  The conference
also facilitates interactions among resource managers, researchers, and
other water professionals.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Water
Resources Center, and co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota
Duluth's Sea Grant Program and the Natural Resources Research Institute.

Cost is $145 or $50 for students, $25 late fee after March 9.  For more
information, visit wrc.coafes.umn.edu/Water2004/ or contact Tracy
Thomas, thoma032@umn.edu or (612) 625-2282.

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