Minnesota Water Research Digital Library

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2022
Activity Type
Inventory
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

(f) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the second year are for a research inventory database containing water-related research activities. Costs for information technology development or support for this research inventory database may be paid to the Office of MN.IT Services. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2022

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2017: (f) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the second year are for a research inventory database containing water-related research activities. Costs for information technology development or support for this research inventory database may be paid to the Office of MN.IT Services. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2022.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Direct expenses
$42,580
Administration costs
$7,420
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.3
Measurable Outcome(s)

As of January 3, 2019:

  • 2915 publications available
  • Estimated number of website visitors:
    • Since inception: Total = 10,001
    • 2018:  Total = 1500  
  • Estimated number of search sessions:
    • Since inception: 11,458
    • 2018:  2957
  • Estimated Number of pdf downloads:
    • Since inception: 3576
    • 2018:  614
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015: 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2015: (f) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the second year are for a research inventory database containing water-related research activities. Costs for information technology development or support for this research inventory database may be paid to the Office of MN.IT Services. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Direct expenses
$42,684
Administration costs
$7,316
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.3
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2015: (f) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the second year are for a research inventory database containing water-related research activities. Costs for information technology development or support for this research inventory database may be paid to the Office of MN.IT Services. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Direct expenses
$47,871
Administration costs
$2,129
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.3
Measurable Outcome(s)

For Fiscal Year 2016:

  • Number of publications: 1,393
  • Number of website visitors
    • New visitors: 2,561
    • Total visitors: 2,885
  • Number of search sessions conducted: 2,885
  • Number of PDF downloads: 535
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013: Chapter 137, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2013: (f) $100,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year are for a research inventory database containing water-related research activities. Any information technology development or support or costs necessary for this research inventory database will be incorporated into the agency's service level agreement with and paid to the Office of Enterprise Technology. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Direct expenses
$136,899
Administration costs
$13,101
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Measurable Outcome(s)

For Fiscal Year 2015:

  • Number of publications: 1,376
  • Number of website visitors
    • New visitors: 2,590
    • Total visitors: 3,419
  • Number of search sessions conducted: 3,423
  • Number of PDF downloads: 639
Recipient Board Members
Groups represented by the Steering Team (September 2014- Current):
• Buffalo-Red Watershed District Board
• Freshwater Society
• Metropolitan Council
• Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
• Minnesota Corn Growers
• Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Minnesota Department of Health
• Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
• Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
• Minnesota State University Water Resource Center
• Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
• Pelican River Watershed District
• U.S. Geological Survey - Minnesota Water Science Center
• University of Minnesota Libraries
• University of Minnesota Water Resources Center
• Washington County Conservation District

* this is a voluntary steering committee, not a board
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013: Chapter 137, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2013: (f) $100,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year are for a research inventory database containing water-related research activities. Any information technology development or support or costs necessary for this research inventory database will be incorporated into the agency's service level agreement with and paid to the Office of Enterprise Technology. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Direct expenses
$83,691
Administration costs
$16,309
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Same as fiscal year 2016

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY14, MDA staff completed development and performance testing of the MnWRL website and populated the website with diverse water research publciations. The website went live with over 1,000 articles searchable by the public. MDA staff also established a diverse Steering Team to help guide MnWRL’s long-term growth and maintenance.

  • Number of publications (1,361)
  • Estimated number of website visitors (2,257)
  • Estimated number of search sessions conducted (1,219)
  • Estimated number of new webiste visitors (679)
  • Number of article downloads (396)
Recipient Board Members
Groups represented by the Advisory Committee (May 2011- December 2013):
• EOR Inc.
• Houston Engineering
• Keiser & Associates LLC
• Metropolitan Council
• Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center
• Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
• Minnesota Corn Growers
• Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Minnesota Department of Health
• Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
• Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
• Minnesota State University Water Resource Center
• Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
• Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
• U.S. Geological Survey - Minnesota Water Science Center
• University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics
• University of Minnesota Department of Soil Water & Climate
• University of Minnesota Libraries
• University of Minnesota Water Resources Center
• USDA Agricultural Research Service
• Washington County Conservation District

* this is a voluntary advisory committee, not a board
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, Chapter 6, Article 2, Sec.3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2011: (f) $175,000 the first year and $175,000 the second year are for a research inventory database containing water-related research activities. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
Administration costs
$2,700
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Recipient Board Members
See Fiscal Year 2014
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, Chapter 6, Article 2, Sec.3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2011: (f) $175,000 the first year and $175,000 the second year are for a research inventory database containing water-related research activities. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
Administration costs
$810
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.3
Description of Funds
$85,000 was allocated in FY2010-2011 (reported as FY10).
Recipient Board Members
See Fiscal Year 2014
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Sec. 2
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2009: (d) $695,000 the first year and $1,570,000 the second year are for research, pilot projects, and technical assistance related to ways agricultural practices contribute to restoring impaired waters and assist with the development of TMDL plans.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Description of Funds
$85,000 was allocated in FY2010-2011 and $175,000 was appropriated for FY2012 and FY13.
Recipient Board Members
See Fiscal Year 2014
Project Overview

Minnesota Water Research Digital Library

Water Research Inventory Database

The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library (MnWRL) is a user-friendly, searchable inventory of water research relevant to Minnesota. It includes both peer-reviewed articles as well as white papers and reports. The Library provides 'one-stop' access to all types of water research.

The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library is now fully functional and available online. Currently it is populated with nearly 1,600 diverse scientific research articles and project reports. Clean Water funds will be used to continue populating and managing the database in partnership with other state agencies and organizations. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will provide support and training for partner organizations and conduct intensive outreach to Minnesota's water reserach communities as well as the general public.

What is the status of the project?

In 2016, the MnWRL completed its second full year of operation. MnWRL staff at MDA developed a partnership agreement template, met with potential state agency and academic partners, and secured a partnership internally with the Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division for curation and entry of publications and data.  In 2014 a Steering Team representing diverse organizations and stakeholders was organized to provide guidance on planning and operations of MnWRL. The Steering Team continues to meet quarterly to discuss work plans, promotion, partnership policies, and scope policies.

About the Issue

This project established a centralized digital library of articles on water research in or relevant to Minnesota.  The digital library gives water resource professionals, researchers, funders and the public quick access to a wealth of information that was previously scattered or hard to find. Users are able to search for literature on a wide range of water topics and submit water research reports to be shared with others.  

MnWRL increases research accessibility and coordination and ensures full utilization of decades of water research that supports Minnesota’s groundwater and surface water assessment, protection and restoration activities.

Organizing information about research projects in a single place will make it easier to find results and coordinate research efforts.

Project Details

In 2011, a project advisory committee was formed. This committee provided input on questions regarding the scope of material to be included and the types of searchable attributes in the Digital Library. During 2011, a high-level design was completed, including a data model and more than 100 draft screens (windows) for data entry, public searches, and database reporting and maintenance.

In 2012, the data model was refined and the highest priority screens were developed. A preliminary, non-public version of the Water Research Digital Library was tested in the fall. In 2013, the Digital Library was populated with a "starter-set" of articles.

In the spring of 2014, MnWRL was made available online. An ongoing program of comprehensive, targeted outreach efforts will ensure that water planners, landowners, researchers, and citizens throughout Minnesota know about this resource. While the project to establish the Digital Library concluded in 2014, the MDA and partner organizations will continue to build, maintain and improve it overtime.

Project Manager
First Name
Bob
Last Name
Patton
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
625 Robert Street N.
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 201-6226
Email
Bob.Patton@state.mn.us