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We depend on clean water for drinking, recreation and irrigation. Fish and wildlife also depend on clean water. In Minnesota, fishing, hunting and water-based recreation are an important part of our economy. As water quality declines, so can the value of property surrounding a body of water.

Agriculture and water

Agricultural drainage

Planning and design strategies for agricultural drainage systems, calculators, and regulations.

Crops and flooding

Learn more about dealing with flooded fields for different crop types.


Learn about irrigation scheduling, monitoring soil moisture and water quality.

Livestock and water

Livestock and manure can affect water quality. Learn more about managing livestock and manure responsibly to avoid negative impacts on your watershed.

Nutrients and water quality

Learn how nutrient applications in crop production can affect water quality.

Soil and water

Soil health has many connections to water. Learn more about the basics of soil health and tillage.

Homes and water


Learn how to protect your home from flood damage and clean up after a flood.

Septic system owners

The Onsite Sewage Treatment Program provides septic system owners with best management practices to keep their septic systems functioning properly.

Water damage

Flooding, rain and ice can cause damage to your property. Learn how to protect your home from water damage.

Watering your garden

How to water fruits and vegetables

Watering your lawn

How to water lawns, trees and shrubs

Water Wisely: Start in your own backyard

Practicing water conservation when watering lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs.

Lakes and wetlands


Learn more about protecting lakes against aquatic invasive species and other threats to water quality.

Shoreland properties

Learn about preventing erosion, maintaining septic systems and preserving natural landscapes.


Wetlands have many benefits, such as habitat for animals, flood control and water quality. Learn how to preserve wetlands.

Urban stormwater

Education for stormwater professionals and communities

The stormwater education program promotes environmentally sound water resources management and policy implementation.

Rain gardens to capture stormwater runoff

Rain gardens capture storm water runoff and allow it to soak into the ground. They remove pollutants, prevent erosion and prevent contaminated water from reaching surface waters.

Stormwater practices and maintenance core course

Research-based stormwater curriculum for stormwater managers and educators. Learn more about the basics of stormwater management, stormwater practices and maintenance processes.

Water and tribal nations

Water and land stewardship

Learn about water stewardship for people in Native lands with historical perspectives and practical information.

Watersheds and resources


Learn about watersheds, play the Watershed Game, and find educational resources for professionals.

Education and programs for professionals

Programs for elected officials, community leaders, citizens, natural resource professionals.

U of M Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center (WRC) advances the science of clean water for Minnesotans through innovation, workforce development and knowledge exchange.

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