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Nitrate contamination of groundwater topic of Brainerd presentation

The Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network (BAELN) will host a presentation titled "Nitrate Contamination of Minnesota Groundwater: economic and other implications" at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Crow Wing County Land Services Buildin...

The Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network (BAELN) will host a presentation titled "Nitrate Contamination of Minnesota Groundwater: economic and other implications" at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Crow Wing County Land Services Building, Meeting Room 2 (lower level), 322 Laurel St., Brainerd.

Following the presentation and discussion, there will be time for networking with the speaker and audience participants. This event is free and open to the public.

Park in the Crow Wing County Visitor Parking Lot on the corner of Laurel and Fourth streets. For more information, contact Kristen Blann at kblann@tnc.org .

Guest speaker is Bonnie Keeler, a research scientist at the Institute on the Environment where she oversees the Natural Capital Project. She is studying the value of clean water in Minnesota. Along with colleagues, she recently published research on the costs of nitrate contamination and the value of clean water to lake recreation.

Using tools from ecology and economics, Keeler is understanding the connections between water quality and well being - information that can better inform the design of policy or incentive programs and more efficiently target investments in restoration and protection.

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Keeler will discuss her work on water quality valuation, along with related projects led by the Natural Capital Project that are elevating the value of nature in decision-making.

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