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City of Minnetonka Watershed Analysis.

Alapati, Gayatri, Patrick Baldwin, Karen Bogg , Josh Dunsmoor, Hagen Kaczmarek, Paula Kalinosky, Patrick Liddle, Jane Mazack, Spencer Niebuhr, Matt Taraldsen, Lucas Winzenburg , and Molly Wynia

Prepared by students in ESPM 5295: GIS in Environmental Science and Management (Instructor Paul Bolstad, Forest Resources) as part of the 2012-2013 Resilient Communities Project partnership with the City of Minnetonka.

Students in ESPM 5295 were tasked with the unique assignment of presenting the City of Minnetonka with reliable data on contaminants entering several identified watershed areas. Doing so required gathering our own data and developing our own methodology to determine sources and amounts of potential biological and chloride contamination in the watersheds and avenues of transit for these sources.

The overall workflow amounted to a process by which the data and conclusions drawn from the Biomass group’s analysis of leaf litter contamination were plugged into a network for biomass and chloride transit devised by the Transit/Flow group. The various data collection methods, assumptions, and analysis methodologies used by the group were developed in collaboration with professors Paul Bolstad and Andrew Jenks, to whom the students are extremely grateful. The following is a summary of our processes, methods, problems encountered, and final data outputs.

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Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
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