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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mission & History

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/wrc/about/
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Mission & History

Mission Statement

The mission of the Water Resources Center is to: gather, interpret, and distribute data of environmental significance to help citizens enhance the quality of regional lakes, rivers, wetlands, and groundwater. This is accomplished through faculty and student applied research, educational programming, technical assistance, and water resource planning.

History

The Water Resources Center (WRC) was created in 1987 to serve as a regional center for environmental research and information exchange. Since its beginning the Center has participated in over 60 research, educational, and planning projects involving partnerships with dozens of public and private agencies and organizations. These projects range from groundwater and lake assessment studies to water quality workshops to development of watershed-based plans for surface water quality protection.

Historically, a long-term partnership with 13 counties in the south-central region of the state provided continuity and stability for the WRC. This partnership resulted in many important and far-reaching land and water resource initiatives. It allowed the WRC to accumulate extensive geographic information system (GIS) databases that can be utilized for future research and planning projects. We continue to partner with a wide range of federal, state and local groups across the region.