Registration now open for St. Croix River science symposium

Thirtieth annual Research Rendezvous will feature researchers sharing their work on water, wildlife, and much more at Warner Nature Center.




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Via the St. Croix Watershed Research Station:

The St. Croix River Research Rendezvous, held annually in October, brings together scientists, resource managers, agency staff and the interested public to hear presentations about research plans, projects, and findings in the St. Croix watershed.

The conference fee is $45 and includes continental breakfast, breaks, lunch, and frolic). Optional Lodging at SCWRS on 10/21 and 10/22 is $55 per night.

Please register by October 15, 2019. Late fee will apply to all registrations received after this date.

Can’t register online? Please call (651) 433-5953 ext. 10. Additional information at

Tentative Program Schedule

Session 1: Current Research in the St. Croix River Watershed

  • Breaking the St. Croix Down Into Bite-Sized Pieces
  • Engaging Agricultural Stakeholder in Development of the Lower St. Croix “One Watershed Plan”
  • The Effect of Habitat Conditions on Lumbricidae Population in the St. Croix State Park (Edgewood High School students)
  • Minnesota Master Naturalists and University Researcher Study Life History Needs of a Local Native Mussel

Session 2 Retrospective: Policy and Advocacy in St. Croix Scenic Riverway

  • Creating the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway – Julie Galonska, Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway superintendent
  • Revisiting the History of the St. Croix Basin Water Resources Planning Team: What’s Next?

Session 3 Retrospective: Biological Studies within the St. Croix River Watershed

  • Reflections on Water, Wetlands, and Unsung Heroes: If We Don’t Look, We Don’t See
  • Inspired by the Mollusk Diversity of the St. Croix–MN DNR is Restoring Mussles in Other Rivers

Session 4 Retrospective: Water Quality Studies, Standards and Protection

  • Tale of Two Rivers – Dan Engstrom, Retired, Director emeritus, St. Croix Watershed Research Station
  • Monitoring Lake St. Croix: Setting Standards and Monitoring Progress – Kent Johnson, Retired, Metropolitan Council
  • Hydrologic Models in the St. Croix: Wherefore, Whence, and Whither – Jim Almendinger, Director, St. Croix Watershed Research Station; Richard Kiesling, U.S. Geological Survey

Session 5: Closing Remarks

  • If you Build It, Will They Come? – Ron Lawrenz, Retired, Director, St. Croix Watershed Research Station and Warner Nature Center
  • Recognition and Farewell to the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center – Vikki Getchell, Director, Warner Nature Center


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