Our Water in a Changing World: Climate Change and the Urban Watershed

Submitted by srich on Wed, Nov 13 - 4:38 PM
Our Water in a Changing World


This event has reached capacity, however a waitlist is being taken via the registration button below. 

We suggest signing up for Environment Minnesota's climate change presentation featuring Paul Douglas, "Weird Weather: Minnesota's new normal", Tuesday, Feb. 18th. And if you'd like FMR calendars and river news delivered to your inbox twice a month, sign up for our Mississippi Messages via the periwinkle box to the right.

How will climate change affect our river? What water-related issues does climate change pose for the Twin Cities' lakes, rivers and groundwater? Will we have the same tree, plant, animal and insect species in the future? What do bigger storms mean for our stormwater systems?

At FMR we hear questions like these all the time. While some particulars of climate change are hard to pin down, local experts have been observing what has happened, and are exploring what is likely to come.

We are excited to announce a presentation discussing these things and more with the help of the Science Museum of Minnesota.

After a brief introduction, the evening's presenters — Patrick Hamilton, Director of the Global Change Initiatives program at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Sarah Hobbie, Prof. of Ecology, Evolution and Biology at the University of Minnesota — will summarize a wealth of data on climate change issues as related to our local watersheds in the Twin Cities. First, Patrick will highlight how climate has already changed in Minnesota and how we might increase our resilience to anticipated future changes in the climate. Then, Sarah will detail issues related to water quality and our local, developed environment, with implications for citizens to city-managers. Spanning topics from changes in growing seasons to urban heat islands, from new stormwater management issues to tree species suitable for the future, the presenters will give a breadth of information on how climate change will affect our local environment and water. Questions from the audience will follow the presentations.

This event is free, including entrance to the Science Museum and parking in the museum's lower ramp. Registrants may enjoy the Science Museum of Minnesota's exhibits free of charge beginning at 4 p.m. (normally $10-$13). The museum's Mississippi River Gallery also offers a beautiful river overlook and engaging, interactive displays.

Ready to register?

(Reporters: Please see bottom of page for pre-event contact.)

The auditorium has reached capacity, but please do sign up for the waiting list via the button below.

Eventbrite - 'State of the River' Launch and Presentation

Once you are on the wait list, you'll need to watch for an email from Eventbrite. When a seat opens up, you will receive an email directly from Eventbrite, and you will have 24 hours to open the message and click a button to confirm that you still want the ticket.  After 24 hours, Eventbrite assumes you've changed your mind about attending, and will then offer the newly opened seat to the next person on the wait list. 

For those who have registered, you should have an email from Eventbrite with your ticket and can log back in any time to review details and directions. (Please pay particularly close attention to the parking directions. Only one ramp entrance allows free entry; others may have pricey event-rate parking if the Wild game happens or if there's another event in the area.)

If you need to cancel or change an existing registration, please let us know so we can let in as many people on the waiting list as possible. Please contact FMR Registrar Lindsay Hefferan at lhefferan[at]fmr.org or 651.222.2193 x24. In your message, please include your name, the original and changed number in your party, your preferred email and daytime phone number.


Are you a reporter looking for advance information? Please contact Adam Flett at aflett[at]fmr.org

A flyer for this event is also available here